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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,622 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert E. Howard Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781400182251
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In a meteoric career that covered only a dozen years, Robert E. Howard defined the sword and sorcery genre. In doing so, he brought to life the archetypal adventurer known to millions around the world as Conan the barbarian. This collection features Howard at his finest and Conan at his most savage. Truly heroic fantasy at its best, this volume contains "The Servants of Bit-Yakin," "Beyond the Black River," "The Black Stranger," "The Man-Eaters of Zamboula," and "Red Nails," which is perhaps Conan's most famous adventure. Download and start listening now!

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  • McLaren's presentation of the complexities of [Conan] makes him believable as an adventurer who has wide experience. AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 2/14/2014

    " I am a huge fan of Robert E. Howard's Conan series and almost all of his other writings. Just pure fun and good fantasy. Nothing heavy but well written. The most astonishing thing about Howard's vision of Conan is when you realize where he lived (in the middle of no-where Texas on the west plains) and how could a guy like that manage to write material like this. Incredible. Nothing heavy, just good he-man fighting and love making. Some creative plots and characters. Just good mindless reading for fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Sutch | 2/8/2014

    " Although the editor makes much of Howard's growth as a writer by this stage of his career, shortly before his suicide at age 30, only two stories in this collection are worth anything ("Beyond the Black River" and "Red Nails"). The other stories are rehashes or mediocre attempts that don't even hang together (e.g. "The Flesh Eaters of Zamboula"). And the editor entirely fails to even mention Howard's racism. Yes, he was writing at a time when racial attitudes toward African-Americans were nearly universally racist in white America, but for a reprint it should be a requirement to discuss those attitudes, or AT LEAST to comment on them. This book gets four stars from me because of the additional bibliographical material and "Red Nails" which is a fine story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 2/2/2014

    " If you love any modern day fantasy, Tolkein, George R.R. Martin you owe it to yourself to read these 3 books! Robert E. Howard's stories are gripping and relentlessness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 1/31/2014

    " Excellent, of course. Some of Howard's best Conan stories, including "Red Nails" and "Beyond the Black River," as Howard intended them. Also contains various outlines and synopses, and another pice of the excellent essay "Hyborian Genesis" by Patrice Louinet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/25/2014

    " I read this when I was in the 8th grade. I really liked it. Then the movie came out and I thought the movie was just awesome with the Govenator in it. Now, the movie looks pretty bad, and I have no idea what the book reads like now that I'm 40. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 1/2/2014

    " I do not understand how guys like Howard and Chandler are not taught in American lit classes alongside Hemingway and Poe. Okay, maybe they're not Hemingway and Poe, but still, this shit's amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/2/2014

    " I really love the Conan stories, and these are Howard at his best, pushing the genre. Still, I grew tired of the formula and blatant misogyny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 12/11/2013

    " No such thing as a bad Robert E. Howard Conan story. The creator of the character is certainly the master at writing the character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 12/7/2013

    " It was interesting seeing how much Conan influenced RPGs. Red nails was a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 12/7/2013

    " More good stuff from REH. Includes the story 'Red Nails' Which is about as good as it gets. REH was definitely starting to chafe under the strictures of Heroic Fantasy and it shows, but 'Red Nails" is fine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 11/25/2013

    " This collection contains longer Conan works, including "By the Black River", in which Howard laid out many of his theories and thoughts about the decadence of the civilized world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 7/5/2013

    " The master of Sword and Sorcery. Great stories that scare and delight; a hero, who's strength and cunning go unrivaled, and a good dollop of other-world building that make all Conan's novels great reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shad | 3/28/2013

    " nice short stories all could be movies if hollywood weren't idiots "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Heath | 10/1/2012

    " I believe his sword did conquer, so the title is accurate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 8/19/2012

    " I unashamedly love this stuff as trite as it can appear to be. The only problem with Howard's work is that he was aproduct of his day and a bit of a racist. Sword and sorcery at its best!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Platte Clark | 7/9/2012

    " So enthralling to me as a teenager I used to sneak it into my math class and read using my math book as a cover (note: not recommended for passing math). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 6/12/2012

    " What is there to say? The Conan stories are a good, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 6/10/2011

    " Awesome Robert E. Howard story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 6/1/2011

    " Barbarians are where it's at. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 5/14/2011

    " I believe his sword did conquer, so the title is accurate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/5/2011

    " I really love the Conan stories, and these are Howard at his best, pushing the genre. Still, I grew tired of the formula and blatant misogyny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/23/2009

    " I read this when I was in the 8th grade. I really liked it. Then the movie came out and I thought the movie was just awesome with the Govenator in it. Now, the movie looks pretty bad, and I have no idea what the book reads like now that I'm 40. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 7/11/2008

    " This collection contains longer Conan works, including "By the Black River", in which Howard laid out many of his theories and thoughts about the decadence of the civilized world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 6/17/2008

    " If you love any modern day fantasy, Tolkein, George R.R. Martin you owe it to yourself to read these 3 books! Robert E. Howard's stories are gripping and relentlessness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 6/13/2008

    " I unashamedly love this stuff as trite as it can appear to be. The only problem with Howard's work is that he was aproduct of his day and a bit of a racist. Sword and sorcery at its best!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaius Tullius | 3/12/2008

    " Brilliant fantasy from a master. Read it. "

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