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Corum
1 : The Knight of the Swords

by Michael Moorcock
May 16, 2016
5 Hours
978-1-62851-235-9
Ages 13+
The ancient races, the Vadhagh and the Nhadragh, are dying. By creating Mankind, the universe has condemned Earth to a pestilence of destruction and fear.

Prince Corum is the last remaining Vadhagh. He sets out on a crusade of vengeance against the forces that slaughtered his family and his race, to challenge the unjust power of the puppet masters of Man: the Lords of Chaos. Along the way he will barter with his soul for the limbs of gods to repair his mutilated body, and will encounter a member of the very race who caused the mutilation, the irresistible Rhalina...
 

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Director & Cast

Director Nanette Savard
Starring Nanette Savard as Narrator, Chris Genebach as Corum, Tracy Olivera as Rhalina, Nick DePinto as Shoal, Evan Casey as Beldan, Todd Scofield as Hanafax and Scott McCormick as Glandyth. With Andy Clemence, Thomas Keegan, Ken Jackson, Bob Payne, Eva Wilhelm, Matthew Keenan, Richard Rohan, Patrick Bussink and Terence Aselford
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Yasmin Tuazon
Dialogue Editors Casey Green
Sound Designers Patrick Stratton
Original Theme Music Peter Pavli
Additional Original Music Peter Pavli and Dan Sondak
Cover Illustrator Gel Jamlang
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette

Reviews

Please bring more Michael Moorcock Books by OJ (Posted on 3/14/2019)
The eternal champion series and multiverse is probably one of the best things to ever happen to sci-fi/fantasy since isaac asimov.
Not bad by Zack (Posted on 2/27/2019)
Before coming across GA’s adaptation of Moorcock’s Corum series, I’m pretty sure I had never seen any of his work adapted in the audio drama medium. GA made this first book more enjoyable than I found it to be when I read it. While the first few novels in the Corum series were published at or around the same time as some of Moorcock’s Elric stories, they don’t quite meet the level of the Elric stories. Corum still exhibits Moorcock’s style of anti-fantasy, but I just don’t quite like them as much as the Elric stories.

The beginning of this first story in the series is a bit heavy on exposition, which is written as a historical text would be. That makes sense for the kind of story Moorcock is telling, but can drag a bit.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the acting in GA’s Corum titles. On one hand, there is an element of satire in Moorcock’s anti-fantasy and so the sort of over-the-top acting makes some sense. On the other hand, Moorcock tends to be very dry in exhibiting what satire there is in his work, so the slightly over-the-top acting doesn’t quite work for me. To be fair, I expect that directing an audio drama adaptation of Moorcock’s work must have been extremely challenging, and I’m not even sure how I’d go about it if I had the opportunity, so I can’t criticize too heavily.

Honestly, Moorcock’s work won’t be for everybody. It isn’t traditional sword and sorcery and you kind of have to go into it with some idea of what Moorcock was trying to create with his style of anti-fantasy. That said, if you’re up for some out-of-the-ordinary sort of fantasy, you may like it.
Review by Bos (Posted on 8/8/2018)
I remember hearing about this book when I was 9 but never picked it up. Now I can listen to it and I got to say it's a really good book.
Fair but not great by Tony (Posted on 7/28/2018)
This book was a disappointment on several levels. It had its moments, but had a slow start. I understand why the author had to give us the initial intro to the world, but it could've been done better. The first several minutes were an infodump, presented a lot like a lecture or historical text. Even when things got moving, it was still rather slow and somewhat confusing. There is a quest, but we don't get to know about it until about half to 2/3 of the way through. Amazingly, the quest is resolved in the last two CDs with a rather anticlimactic climax. While not the worst series ever, I wouldn't highly recommend it unless you get it on sale. The end didn't leave me wanting more and was a satisfying conclusion, making me wonder why have more books in the series?

In fairness to the author, this is an early fantasy. While obviously building on the popularity of Tolkien, the world is unique and different. More could've been done with the various races and backstory. Hopefully we'll learn more of the history in later books, but since the old races are disappearing, it seems unlikely. It's relatively short for a fantasy which is a good thing. I did fall asleep during part of it. While not totally predictable, it was fairly routine and didn't really have any major plot twists. Again, maybe the rest of the series gets better.

Finally, I was disappointed with the GA production. Part of why I didn't enjoy this book more has to do with the poor casting choices. While I personally have nothing against a female narrator, I don't think it fit in this case. All of the cast use over the top British accents which makes no sense. There is nothing in the text to indicate any particular region or dialect. I'd rather have them speaking in their normal voices with American accents. While similar in some ways to Tolkien, Tolkien it definitely isn't. One point which I found interesting and held my interest was the main character. He is very similar to an elf, but not the same. Even so, his accent and sometimes overacting got on my nerves. I was glad to finish the book so I could go onto something else.
Interesting take on fantasy by Christopher (Posted on 12/7/2017)
I hope they will do more of Moorcock's series, my brother recommended him to me this summer, I was very excited to see GA had his Corum series. I enjoyed the narration and the action sequences were quite well done. The story itself does take a little bit to get going like many fantasy stories I've read.
Great Mythology/Folklore! by charles (Posted on 8/8/2016)
I read this series while in middle school when they came out. Compared to the other fantasy it blew us away we loved it. I have been looking for audio for this for the longest time. I was concerned about the dramatic reading but i actually really like it.

The author blends some Illiad/Odyssey themes with his sword and sorcery world.

I highly recommend this to old school RPG gamers.
Good by tyler (Posted on 7/13/2016)
The book is good. It has a lot of tropes but I like the way they were put in. The sound affects also helped. I'm not sure I would've liked it had I been reading it.
Book 1 by justin (Posted on 7/3/2016)
Good book
The took awhile to get interesting. by rafael (Posted on 6/18/2016)
As I said it took awhile to get interesting. When it really got into the story an it started coming together it was good.
hmmm by John (Posted on 6/11/2016)
I like Nanette Savard. But not as a british accented narrator. Just does not do it for me with this type of book. Needs to be a male narrator.

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