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The Whispering Swarm Audiobook

The Whispering Swarm: The Sanctuary of the White Friars, Book 1

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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.

©2014 Michael Moorcock (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Anthony Esposito 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "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?

    Frustration.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Mercereau Statesville, NC United States 03-05-15
    Mike Mercereau Statesville, NC United States 03-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Merchantville, Nj, United States 02-18-15
    Tracey Merchantville, Nj, United States 02-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring !"

    I bought this because the review said this author was a master of the fantasy genre. I wasted my time ... there was no true imagination. It could be the performance of the reader, but I will wait to get it from the library.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cassandre United States 03-18-15
    Cassandre United States 03-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not my thing"

    It's like Mary Sue fanfic with a male protagonist. Sigh. If you know you like Moorcock, you might be fine, but as a first time listener/reader, it wasn't what I expected.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dacon 04-07-16
    Dacon 04-07-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Still not sure what to think"

    The first 70% of the book was pretty much a stale biography. It started to get really interesting later on, but then it ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LORA 01-09-16
    LORA 01-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible"

    The worst book I ever tried to read. Don't waist your time like I did. I forced myself to chapter 11.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vaughn 05-13-15
    Vaughn 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Confusing but facinating"

    As the book started out I found it quite confusing and considered stopping. I am very glad I persisted in listening to this novel. It was facinating by the half way point and could not have stopped if I had wanted to. I am looking forward to the next one in the series. Thank You!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BigDaddyRees 04-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Simply not a novel"

    This book purports to be a story of magic and a secret London. What it actually is is a very un-cleverly disguised auto-biography of a man who seems to really be yearning to get back in some sort of spotlight that he very decidedly does not deserve, at least not for this book. I tried to hang in there and let the story develop but I'm well into chapter 4 and it still reads like an introduction to a book that just won't quit so the story can start. I've never read any other Moorcock books but I can say I don't have any interest in trying after suffering through this debacle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Schoenfeld 02-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Incredibly boring - I'm very disappointed"

    This book is listed as fiction, but reads like a biography. I don’t get biographies for a reason. I’m into it 11 chapters and 4 hours of my time I can’t get back and still there’s not really a plot. Just goes over Michael’s life, which is not very interesting at all. I’m returning this one (only the second book I've returned in 3 years). I continued to listen after the first 2 hours only because the narrator was enjoyable to listen too, but not worth another 12 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Betty B. SJC, CA 02-15-15
    Betty B. SJC, CA 02-15-15 Member Since 2012

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    "What story?"

    This is awful. After listening to 2 chapters I could have cared less what happened to the main character. I am so uninspired that I removed the book and have no desire to continue listening. MIchael Moorcock may be an acclaimed Science Fiction author but I'm not buying it!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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  • Graeme from Preston
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    "Great fantasy autobiography to start then gets repetitive"

    The start of this book follows a slightly modified autobiography of Michael Moorcock. This aspect is very entertaining, however once he delves into his fantasy sanctuary hidden in London the moves between his wife and fictional lover go back and forward filled with repetitive anguish about who he should love. I don't think he can do good kitchen sink drama. When he gets back to the swashbuckling adventure he is on much safer ground. Good book but should have been edited down quite a bit in my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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