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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,285 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Norman Narrator: Ralph Lister Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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Tarl Cabot has always believed himself to be a citizen of Earth. He has no inkling that his destiny is far greater than the small planet he has inhabited for the first 20-odd years of his life. One frosty winter night in the New England woods, he finds himself transported to the planet of Gor, also known as Counter-Earth, where everything is dramatically different from anything he has ever experienced. It emerges that Tarl is to be trained as a Tarnsman, one of the most honored positions in the rigid, caste-bound Gorean society. He is disciplined by the best teachers and warriors that Gor has to offer...but to what end?

This is the first book of John Norman's popular and controversial Gorean Saga, a series of novels the author began in 1967 with Tarnsman of Gor and are now considered cult classics. This audiobook is based on the definitive edition recently published by E-Books.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Langford | 2/17/2014

    " I read this book a long time ago. Despite the anti-womanhood aspects of this book (and, as I understand it, the series), which borders of being misogynistic, there are some 'thinking' elements in this book which made it worth my time to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nilquest | 2/13/2014

    " i actually read all the John Norman Gor series - those he didn't write i couldn't get into. the later books in the series start to recycle plots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Newt cox | 2/7/2014

    " Fun quick read. That reminds me of Conan and John Carter of Mars. Guy finds out that his father is really from Counter Earth,also known as Gor. And gets taken to Gor and trained as a Warrior. He is given the mission to steal the Home Stone from a nearby city.But all kinds of things go wrong,and by the time they are solved the city is in ruins. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dev | 1/23/2014

    " Swords, sandal, chicks in light bondage, and a hero who always wins the day. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heinz | 1/19/2014

    " Halfway through the book,my bullshit alarm went off. I won't say more except to say this work is offensive to women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danine | 1/5/2014

    " My only attempt at reading sci-fi. Is this even considered sci fi? There's like 27 books in the series. I only made it through half of book four. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia | 12/14/2013

    " I can't remember these books very well other than they were horribly sexist and I had to hide from my Mom when I read them. I think if I went back to read them again I'd be shocked and horrified, so I will leave it to my teenage affection and not sully the memory of enjoying the smut. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger Moore | 12/14/2013

    " I LOVED this series as a teen. But even then I remember just skipping the pages and pages of boring sex and S&M text. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Brown | 12/8/2013

    " Yes, I read some of this series while in school. The premise was at first interesting but it became formulaic and same-old-thing after the third book. It's hard to believe there are over twenty books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Moyer | 12/7/2013

    " For all the hoopla about BDSM aspects of Gor novels, the first couple just read like plane old (slightly misogynistic, admittedly) barbarian adventure novels. I'm sure once I reach the later parts of the series (particularly the female PoV ones) I'll get to the crazy parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 10/22/2012

    " Not for the feminist at heart is this tale of an englishman transported to the savage world of Gor where the men are men and the women are slavegirls. This author has some definite ideas of where a woman's place ought to be but I still found the novel to be fun and look forward to reading more "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 D-day | 7/15/2012

    " Read this one in high school- don't remember too much about it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/29/2012

    " was just "eh" for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 12/29/2011

    " This sci-fi/fantasy series was perfect for a horny 14 year old. Heck, I obtained my only education about sex from this series. I would not read them now nor would I be too pleased if my 16 year old son started reading them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Wine | 8/28/2011

    " So, I have to admit that I personally adore the books of Gor. Even before I read the novels, I engaged in some pretty heavy gorean roleplay on the SecondLife. The books of Gor are a good mix of kink and fantasy. Added to the great writing, they really make fantastic reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunshinegirrl | 8/12/2011

    " Though I roll my eyes a lot when reading these books, I really enjoy the world John Norman has created. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 5/22/2011

    " I read this book a long time ago. Despite the anti-womanhood aspects of this book (and, as I understand it, the series), which borders of being misogynistic, there are some 'thinking' elements in this book which made it worth my time to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 2/21/2011

    " What ever happened to the Gor series??? Not acceptable in the age of PC? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunshinegirrl | 12/17/2010

    " Though I roll my eyes a lot when reading these books, I really enjoy the world John Norman has created. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 11/24/2010

    " I expected more after reading all the controversy. Snooze. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 crunch-o-matic | 11/9/2010

    " ERB with lots more chained up naked slave girls. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 11/8/2010

    " Interesting introduction to the saga. Unfortunately, as I guess may be the case with others in the series, was too short. The world of Gor is a difficult setting to describe in a short novel I suppose "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Varmint | 10/10/2010

    " at what point does kinky become tedious?

    about book three.

    really got tired of listening to the characters discuss the proper ways of disciplining slave girls. wanted to grab them and say "pick up your damn swords, go outside, and kill a fucking monster already." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mic | 8/27/2010

    " this book is so badly written that you have to wonder if English was a third language for the author. And he's learned the word "incidentally", and thus uses it whenever possible. I've seen high school kids with a better facility for the language than this. "

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About the Narrator

Ralph Lister is an actor, voice talent, and winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards. He spent fifteen years in London theater before moving to the United States to focus on film and television. He has held numerous roles in Shakespearean and modern dramas, as well as starring roles in independent films. His voice and character work can be heard in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and 13 Going On 30.