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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Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
The stories come to life with Todd Mclaren's narration. I like the the slightly Celtic accent he gives Conan. These are the way these stories were meant to heard.
For the life of me I cannot imagine why L.Sprague Decamp, Lin Carter or anyone else had to make ANY changes to the original stories. These are just perfect the way they are.
Wondering when the "Bloody Crown" will appear on Audible. It's already on audio and I hope they keep Mclaren as the reader.
Fascinating, Riveting, Compelling
Conan tricking Nafertari. Who does she think she was, trying to get him to do all this stuff for him, after he completes even more missions. He never said a word, took that ring and was out!!!
The strangling of Baal-pteor... i can't help it. I read this scene about 2 years ago, and was happy to know that this book had Shadows in Zamboula.
I'm a different sort of Conan fan. I started off, as a young child reading my brothers Savage Sword of Conan mags, then getting into myself, reading hundreds of regular Conan and King Conan books of Marvel. Saw the Conan movies, got treated to 2 different Cartoon Conan series, then took it upon myself to star reading the non-Robert Howard created books like Conan The Wanderer etc. Now i find myself, being fully versed in Howard's work, as with the work of others as sort of an authoritarian of sorts. I can't tell you how many times i've read / listened to Red Nails.
The stories are good, they are original Conan, but the audio...for the most part the narrater is really good, but his attempts at women's voices are cringworthy. Whenever he voices a woman, it takes me right out of the story. If we can't get a woman to do those parts, it would be much better just to use his normal voice. He also irritates me with his pronunciation of the word Cimmerian (he says simmer- ri-un not si-mare-ri-an) and celts (as selts). Otherwise he is very clear and strong. Also, the chapters are listed numerically, but no hint to what stories they belong, making it hard to jump to a specific story. With some improvements I could like this format, but I still prefer my Savage Sword adaptations.
There are some typically solid Howard pulp stories in this collection but there were some that also felt more like filler. It's a good collection with some of the best stories in the Conan series and the narration is excellent.
As a newly emerging fan of horror occult and medieval works of any nature predating 1930 (such as oscar wildes A Portrait of Dorian Grey, A few of Guy de Maupassant works which escape me at the momernt, all of lovecrafts works Van Goeths Faustus and searching for more of the like) I find thatl Howard captures an aspect of the primal unbridal wrath that stirs deep within the likes of the races he chroniclesn within. Conan is truly a larger than life character that at first seeing the name "Conan" stirred images of corny low budget scifi channel works i scoffed at.. But after listening to The Savage Tales of Soloman Kane and Horror Stories compilation if you will, was convinced this was worth the listen... I must say that, to me the entirety of the Conan works surpass to which i cannot understate how deeply i adore the works of Lovecraft. As far as the narration its spot on although i prefer a flatter to those who voices stretch too damn far to voice something that is obviously not meant to be sounded from their vocal cords, Todd Mclaren does a damn fine job
As a newly emerging "reader" / listener, with dark tastes this would be a steal at double the price... honestly pay homage to Howard and buy this.
The grandfather of fantasy, does some of his finest work in this last volume. These are stories I come back to time and time again, as they continue to delight. A great production, we'll read, and gripping throughout
As Howard's writing style improves, his racism, sexism and white supremacist ideals become a far more open and obvious theme is his Conan stories. The hypocrisy in this drives me crazy. Conan is a man who hates civilization and the existing power structure and also knows the difference between humanity and beasts. However, Howard's beliefs fly in the face of what Conan actually believes. The authors decent into depression and eventual suicide comes across in his hatful descriptions of black men and other non=white races. I had to struggle to get this this entire collection, though I love Conan.
This is the worst narrator I have ever had to suffer through, the story okay at best... buyer would better be served looking elsewhere.
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