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Publisher's Summary

This collection contains all of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian stories published during his lifetime, contextualized with biographical details of their author.

A full e-book copy of this book in Interactive PDF format is included and can be downloaded by clicking the "PDF" link in your Audible library (it's in the "Title" column). This PDF includes the audiobook chapter numbers, to make navigation easier.

Excerpt from the introduction:

"When the first Conan of Cimmeria story appeared in the pages of Weird Tales magazine in December 1932, nothing quite like it had ever before appeared in print. Author Robert E. Howard had been writing stories broadly similar to it for half a decade; but it was with Conan, and the Hyborian Age storyworld in which he was placed, that Howard finally fully doped out the sub-genre that would become known as "sword and sorcery", of which Howard is today considered the founding father.

"Conan's origins date back to an experiment in 1926 titled "The Shadow Kingdom", featuring the character Kull, exile of Atlantis. The idea - Howard's great innovation - was, at its core, historical fiction set in a pre-historical period. That pre-historical period - being, of course, lost in the mists of time - could contain anything Howard might like to include: evil races of sentient snake-things, sorcerers, undead creatures, demons walking upon the earth, anything.

"In other words, Howard was creating a secular mythology."

©2017 Finn J.D. John (P)2017 Pulp-Lit Productions

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Great Reading!

What did you love best about Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian Barbarian?

Evocative reading and great stories. Excellent introduction to Sword and Sorcery as well as Pulp Classics.

What does Finn J. D. John bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Finn J.D. John pours his heart into the Conan mythos.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listening to 35 hours of Conan would be enjoyable but even a Barbarian needs sleep.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Conan

Greatest collection of fantasy stories ever written by the creator of Sword and Sorcery Robert E Howard

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a great according of Robert Howard's works.

thank you Mr. Finn cometary and narration are appreciated. Sad that Mr Howard isn't here to hear it.

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It's fuckin Conan!

Although a collection of seemingly disjointed stories you still get a vivid picture of the epic character that is Conan. I believe Conan to be the greatest of the anti-heros.

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Formulaic but good enough to at least listen.

Finn J. D. Jhon's Narration was decent enough, if not sometimes a tiny bit hard for me to follow. The stories were quite hit or miss, but Finn's parts explaining E. Howard's life situation when the stories were written made me put them into context as regards to the authors Life. I'd recommend the audiobook still, perhaps not as a first purchase as I enjoyed E. Howard's writing style even if the stories, as explained by Finn in the biography parts were extremely formulaic.

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pillar of fantasy

this is where the roots of fantasy are watered. An epic group of tales that helped make fantasy what it is today.

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Needed for fans of Conan

This is the must must have for any fan of sword and sorcery. Finn J.D. John's performance and analysis of the work is superb. John really brings Conan to life and I cannot image Conan in any other voice. This should be required reading for any player of dungeons and dragons!

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Excellent for a commuter

I really enjoyed this collection of Conan stories, it perfectly scratched my itch for Sword & Sorcery.

I will say it took me some time to warm up to the narrator; however, he was consistent in his performance and I came to appreciate it by the end.

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All of Conan in one.

The information for when and how the stories were published and the "essay" on the Hyborian Age were nice touches.

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The gods and devils approve.

By Crom this is the best Conan collection i can imagine. The original works of R.E. Howard are brought to you in a captivating style of story narration.

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  • MR BB
  • 01-19-18

Great collection

Great collection for all Conan fans,something I have been waiting for a long time. All the greatest Conan adventures in one place with commentary about Robert E. Howard’s life.
Must listen if you’re true heroic fantasy fan.

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  • Dez V
  • 02-18-18

Great adventure storytelling, brilliant prose

Enjoyed this tremendously. Although familiar with the character of Conan, I was pleasantly surprised at how good the prose is. Very mature writing for such a young author, moody gothic atmosphere at times, evocative, fluent and efficient storytelling.
The narration is great too (except the female voice imitations perhaps), nice rhythm and timbre, a relatively neutral accent, and love the subtle Schwarzenegger influence on Conan's voice.
Howard displays astute knowledge in the themes of power, politics, the coming and going of civilisations and tribes. At times the ethnocentric worldview shines through in his depiction of "dark" races, but overall it is about tribes in constant conflict with each other. Conan himself as a Barbarian versus the civilised pampered urban people is an embodiment of the "noble savage" and it is unfortunate that Howard's life ended so prematurely, because one can sense that his writing would have matured even further.

All in all an inspiring journey through epic imagination, of the days of sorcery and high adventure.

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  • SteveF
  • 02-11-18

The worst narrator I have ever heard

What an odd narrator. Bizarre intonation. Sounds sarcastic or bored . Ruined this book for me

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  • rasmus
  • 04-15-18

Dated view of women

Sorry but the view of women by the author was enough to make me stop listening after only the first dozen stories. I get that it was another time an all that but when you constantly describe women by their "supple physique" and their "fair and voluptuous silhouette", or whatever, it starts to get on my nerves.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-20-18

fantastic and informative

Great presentation and history of author and genre. still like to know if he was ever paid the $1500 Weird Talks owed him.
Must have loved his mother an awfully lot.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-15-18

oh those awful voices! stick to reading please

huge fan of the written works but wanted an audio rendition as my eyes get tired. The story is great but oh those voices! it's panto time when it comes to the ladies voices and it set my teeth on edge. The material is widely acknowledged as racist and sexist and does not need the addition of comical voices reminiscent of the "carry on" movies or "are you being served" to further drive home the point.