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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2005 Conan Properties International, LLC (P)2009 Tantor

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  • Jesse
  • Creston, NC USA
  • 11-03-09

The definitive Conan

This is the definitive Conan compilation presented as they were originally written by R. E. Howard and published by Weird Tales. Excellent commentary on Howard’s life and the backstory on how he came up with the character and the stories.

Tod Mclaren brings the character and scenes to life much better than the other single volume “Conan the Cimmerian Barbarian” narrated by J.D. John. For years since first reading these stories in the Lancer editions published in the 60s and butchered by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, I had always pronounced “Cimmeria and Cimmerian” with an emphasis on the second syllable - Ci MER rian. McLaren gives a much better pronunciation as Cima RIAN with the first R silent. A much better way to say it . Rolls off the tongue easier but it took some getting used to as I had 50 years of the old way in my head from the print versions. Plus he gives Conan a bit of an Irish brogue voice which I found pleasing. The other Conan compilation mentioned earlier gives Conan a voice that sounds too much like Arnold Swartzenegger. Overall I found this version much better narrated.

I liked this compilation so much that I’ll probably get the print versions for my library with a CD(s) attached with the audiobooks.

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Better than movies

Streaming action, hard to put it down to go to sleep. Reader does a good job.

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  • Paula
  • olathe, ks, US
  • 07-20-15

Audio is a mixed blessing

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.

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By Crom! What a Listening Experience!!!

If you could sum up The Conquering Sword of Conan in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, Riveting, Compelling

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Conquering Sword of Conan?

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!!!

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Conan stories are timeless

Some of the very best are found this volume. Longer and by a writer that is much more in command of the tools needed to write a good story.

However, these were aimed at a pulp market and not meant to be high literature. There also are many passages that use racial stereotypes and that step over the line to be racist. Plus obvious sexism.

The stories are fun and escapist but certainly express older views on the world.

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Third Book in the Series

This is the third book in this series, not that such matters a great deal as Conan's takes do not require a reading based on a timeline. As always the tales are epic. Red Nails, in particular, comes to vivid life here and by itself is worth the price of admission.

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  • DK
  • 08-23-17

An amazing body of work

Truly the best stories of Howard's life are contained herein. Even the unfinished draft of a Conan spin-off shines: "The night was black as a witch's hate." RIP R. Howard

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Not the best in the series, but still solid.

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.

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conan is a must

conan is a must for all fantasy fans. it shows thw true measure of a man and a "civilized "

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Fans of ancient medieval lore this is a must have.

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.