It is the color of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair that flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody... He is Elric, Emperor of Melnibone, cursed with a keen and cynical intelligence, schooled in the art of sorcery and the hero of Michael Moorcock's remarkable epic of conflict and adventure at the dawn of human history. An 1 disc MP3-CD edition. Read by Jeff West. Included is a dramatic introduction, over 10 minutes in length, read by Michael Moorcock.
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With skin the color of a bleached-skull and milk-white hair, Elric of Melnibone is the reluctant ruler of his dying nation. His cousin Yrkoon, meanwhile, believes he rightfully belongs on the throne, which eventually leads to an epic battle between the two, with each wielding one of the demonic runeblades Stormbringer and Mournblade. The audio begins with a 10-minute long dramatic introduction read by the author setting the stage well for the book to follow. Moorcock is engaging, with an interesting voice, and is so good that his opening narration somewhat overshadows West's. While Moorcock's narration is ornate and stylized, West's is pleasant, plain and workmanlike. Atmospheric music plays in the background throughout, helping transport the listener to the land of Melnibone; it evokes the appropriate mood and complements the narration nicely.
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