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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (669 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert E. Howard Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a meteoric career that spanned a mere twelve years, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the genre that came to be called sword and sorcery. From his fertile imagination sprang some of fiction’s most enduring heroes. Yet while Conan the Cimmerian is indisputably Howard’s greatest creation, it was in his earlier sequence of tales featuring Kull, a fearless warrior with the brooding intellect of a philosopher, that Howard began to develop the distinctive themes and the richly evocative blend of history and mythology that would distinguish his later tales of the Hyborian Age.

Much more than simply the prototype for Conan, Kull is a fascinating character in his own right: an exile from fabled Atlantis who wins the crown of Valusia, only to find it as much a burden as a prize.

This groundbreaking collection brings together all of Howard’s stories featuring Kull: “Exile of Atlantis,” “The Shadow Kingdom,” “The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune,” “The Cat and the Skull,” “The Screaming Skull of Silence,” “The Striking of the Gong,” “The Altar and the Scorpion,” “The Curse of the Golden Skull,” “By This Axe I Rule!” “Swords of the Purple Kingdom,” “The King and the Oak,” and “Kings of the Night.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Martin | 2/4/2014

    " Pre Conan REH. Only a few published stories, some promising fragments, drafts, etc. Despite that it's essental sword and sorcery, if only for Shadow Kingdoms which many believe to be the first s&s story --at least american. Kull is a great brooding King who spends time thinking about cosmic, Lovecraftian things, the nature of time, etc. REH examines his great (or not so) theme that civilization is less 'true' than the barbarian life, there are picts, lost civilizations (Kull being an exile of Atlantis), old Gods, assassination plots, crazy, crafty wizards and good old gory fights. REH is finding his voice here and hitting his stride. He's all over the map, but he has a lot of vibrant stprytelling energy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patrick Haga | 2/4/2014

    " I loved the Kull stories, even with all their inconsistencies (which I probably would have ignored had I not read the editor's notes at the end). I'm a big fan of sword and sorcery stories to begin with and I honestly don't think many have done it better than Howard has. I look forward to moving on to Conan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dan | 1/12/2014

    " While some view Kull as a precursor to Conan, it is clear from these stories that he is very different from Howard's later creation. Although a barbarian by birth, Kull is more brooding, more troubled by the immortal questions of man. These stories are also more experimental than the Conan stories, which were written when Howard was more experienced. Some of the plots are more awkwardly handled than Howard's better stories, but a few of the stories rank among Howard's best. This volume includes several unfinished stories, which provide excellent glimpses into the creative process of the writer. Not a great starting point for getting into Howard's writings, but excellent if you are already a fan of his work. Includes excellent criticism in the back. A particular pleasure in this edition is the excellent art, which is my favorite of any of the Del Rey Howard books yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexander | 1/5/2014

    " Kull was the prototype for Conan, that much is clear. What this volume elaborates on is the philosophical depth Howard desired from his characters, as Kull was as introspective as they could be. It's a shame that he lessened that trait in Conan. Fantastic book. "

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