The Whispering Swarm

  • by Michael Moorcock
  • Narrated by Julian Elfer
  • 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Almost anyone who has read or written science fiction or fantasy has been inspired by the work of Michael Moorcock. His literary flair and grand sense of adventure have been evident since his controversial first novel Behold the Man, from the stories and novels featuring his most famous character, Elric of Melniboné, to his fantasy masterpiece, Gloriana, winner of both the Campbell Memorial and World Fantasy awards for best novel. Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Michael Chabon all cite Moorcock as a major influence; as editor of New Worlds magazine, he helped launch the careers of many of his contemporaries, including Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, and J. G. Ballard.
Moorcock's first independent novel in nine years is a tale both fantastical and autobiographical, a celebration of London and what it meant to be young there in the years after World War II. The Whispering Swarm is the first in a trilogy that will follow a young man named Michael as he simultaneously discovers himself and a secret realm hidden deep in the heart of London.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Disappointing, rambling, frustrating, tedious

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the story had a meaningful plot. The entire story is pointless and frustrating. Wholly unsatisfying.

What could Michael Moorcock have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Had a satisfying reason to risk his so-called real life in an imaginary world.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julian Elfer?

The narrator did a fine job.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


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- Anthony Esposito

Terrible, extremely disappointing

What would have made The Whispering Swarm better?

It contains little to no plot, it simply rambles on and on...

What could Michael Moorcock have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Provide a plot. He goes on and on without saying anything

Any additional comments?

I am outraged this horrible book was an editor's pick. I question if the editor really listened to the story? Even a month later I'm still outraged I trusted the editor and wasted a credit on this terrible, boring story.

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- Mike Mercereau

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios