Viriconium

  • by M. John Harrison
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 19 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.
A few words from Neil on Viriconium: "Viriconium is three novles and a short story collection, spanning much of M. John Harrison’s illustrious career - what an ambitious task to imagine an alternate version of someplace that may be London, albeit a punk-sensibility London in a post-apocalyptic future. It's as if Mike Harrison remembered a place that will never exist, or at least not for millennia, and fleshed it out with art and legends and glorious gods hiding amidst the population…. the first novel, The Pastel City, introduces Lord tegeus-Cromis, called upon to be the reluctant defender of Virconium from a barbarian onslaught. Eighty years later, in the novel A Storm of Wings, a race of demi-gods rises to threaten Viriconium. The short stories In Viriconium are glorious and terrifying by turns, but they are always incredibly human and incredibly real, and you get the joy of M. John Harrison’s prose, which is crystalline and sharp and uplifting…. Viriconium Nights is my favorite novel of the sequence.... Simon Vance is the gold-standard of narrators, and I’m thrilled and proud to have him. He’s brilliant, and he's brought entire worlds to life before in the Millennium Trilogy and in Anthony Powell’s twelve-book cycle Dance to the Music of Time. He is the man of a hundred voices, a thousand voices, and as soon as Mike and I heard him, we knew we’d found the man to carry us there and back again."
This landmark collection gathers four groundbreaking fantasy classics from the acclaimed author of Light. Set in the imagined city of Viriconium, here are the masterworks that revolutionized a genre and enthralled a generation of readers: The Pastel City, A Storm of Wings, In Viriconium, and Viriconium Nights. Back after a long absence, these singular tales of a timeless realm and its enigmatic inhabitants are now reborn and compiled to captivate a whole new generation."
To hear more from Neil Gaiman on Viriconium, click here, or listen to the introduction at the beginning of the book itself.Learn more about Neil Gaiman Presents and Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX).

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Strange but not satisfying

I listened to all four stories in this compendium. The first is quite good but the later ones I found less compelling. Overall I think my time could have been spent on something more interesting, but still there are a few times when the stories are almost haunting and some of the concepts are excellent.



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I particularly liked the immortal man who had forgotten who he was or that he was immortal because the mind cannot hold 900+ years of history and the refrain regarding Tegius Chromis (sp?) the warrior who thought he was a poet.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-12-2011
  • Publisher: Neil Gaiman Presents