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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:
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From Robert E. Howard, the master of heroic fantasy, come five classic adventures featuring Conan, the legendary Cimmerian.

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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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. "

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About the Author
Author Robert E. Howard

Robert E. Howard (1906–1936) was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre. Born and raised in the state of Texas, Howard spent most of his life in the town of Cross Plains.

About the Narrator

Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?