Gorean Saga

34 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,834 ratings

Tarnsman of Gor Publisher's Summary

Tarl Cabot has always believed himself to be a citizen of Earth. He has no inkling that his destiny is far greater than the small planet he has inhabited for the first 20-odd years of his life. One frosty winter night in the New England woods, he finds himself transported to the planet of Gor, also known as Counter-Earth, where everything is dramatically different from anything he has ever experienced. It emerges that Tarl is to be trained as a Tarnsman, one of the most honored positions in the rigid, caste-bound Gorean society. He is disciplined by the best teachers and warriors that Gor has to offer...but to what end?

This is the first book of John Norman's popular and controversial Gorean Saga, a series of novels the author began in 1967 with Tarnsman of Gor and are now considered cult classics. This audiobook is based on the definitive edition recently published by E-Books.

©2007 John Norman (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Tarnsman of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 1
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 804
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 656
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 664

    Tarl Cabot has always believed himself to be a citizen of Earth. He has no inkling that his destiny is far greater than the small planet he has inhabited for the first 20-odd years of his life. One frosty winter night in the New England woods, he finds himself transported to the planet of Gor, also known as Counter-Earth, where everything is dramatically different from anything he has ever experienced.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Um, OK?

    • By Mark on 12-10-13

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • Outlaw of Gor

    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 424
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 350

    In this second volume of the Gorean Series, Tarl Cabot finds himself transported back to Counter-Earth from the sedate life he has known as a history professor on Earth. Tarl finds that his name on Gor has been tainted, his city defiled, and all those he loves have been made into outcasts. He is no longer in the position of a proud warrior, but an outlaw for whom the simplest answers must come at a high price. He wonders why the Priest Kings have called him back to Gor, and whether it is only to render him powerless.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • book 2, strong start, cheat ending

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-22-11

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 3

    • Priest-Kings of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 3
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 382
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 314
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 314

    This is the third installment of John Norman's popular and controversial Gor series. Tarl Cabot is the intrepid tarnsman of the planet Gor, a harsh society with a rigid caste system that personifies the most brutal form of Social Darwinism. In this volume, Tarl must search for the truth behind the disappearance of his beautiful wife, Talena. Have the ruthless Priest-Kings destroyed her?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A challange to the imagination

    • By Craig Walker on 01-29-13

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 4

    • Nomads of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 4
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 341
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 290

    Tarl has dedicated his life to ensuring that the Priest-Kings survive the harsh lands of Gor, but a savage tribe that closely guards its secrets has halted his quest. To continue it, Tarl must unravel the mysteries of this strange, private band of nomads called the Wagon People at risk of his life. He is the only man alive who has not trembled in the presence of this mysterious tribe. Now he is embarking on the most perilous adventure of his time on the counter-world of Gor....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gorean: Love it or Hate it...."but"

    • By Wayne on 05-21-11

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 5

    • Assassin of Gor

    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 264
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 228

    Welcome to Gor, a parallel Earth, where social norms are exotic and the way of life is brutal. In the fifth book in the Gorean Series, the deadly assassin Kuurus is intent on a bloody mission of vengeance. His adventure takes him from the caste of the pleasure-slaves, which are rigorously trained in the rules and techniques of sexual ecstasy, to the brutal arenas where humans participate in deadly hand-to-hand combat. He witnesses violence, conflict and uncertainty, as the inhabitants of Counter-Earth are forced to confront their destinies…no matter how exalted or debased.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow.. I mean... Wow

    • By Roy on 04-11-12

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 6

    • Raiders of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 6
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 13 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189

    In this sixth book in the Gorean series, former earthman Tarl Cabot finds himself in the most depraved city that Gor has to offer. Port Kar is a city of robbers, brigands and men without allegiance to any cause or kingdom where the weak are quickly consumed by the strong. However, Tarl Cabot is able to flourish in the cutthroat environment of the city, for he is a powerful Tarnsman, used to having his way. He finds that there is much to learn in Port Kar, where the people are celebrated for their skill of training their voluptuous slaves into utter obedience.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As good as it gets

    • By flbamalady on 12-23-11

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 7

    • Captive of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 7
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Lexi Maynard
    • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 128

    In this seventh book in the Gorean Series, beautiful and headstrong Elinor Brinton of Earth finds herself thrust into the savage world of Counter-Earth, also known as Gor. Brinton must relinquish her earthly position as a beautiful, wealthy and powerful woman when she finds herself a part of the harsh Gorean society. She is powerless as a female pleasure slave in the camp of Targo the slave-merchant. Forced to learn the arts of providing pleasure to any man who buys her, Elinor is determined to escape. Nevertheless, she is sold for a high price, and her master is determined to get his money's worth.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • pointless

    • By David Chang on 07-30-16

    Regular price: $26.95

  • Book 8

    • Hunters of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 8
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 122

    Former Earthman Tarl Cabot is now a powerful Tarnsman of the brutal and caste-bound planet of Gor, also known as Counter-Earth. He embarks on an adventure in the dangerous and mysterious wilderness of Gor, pitting his warrior's skills against treacherous outlaws, bandits, and fighters. Three different women are working to bring change to Tarl's far-from-peaceful life on Gor: Talena, his one-time queen and first love; Elizabeth, his brave fighting partner; and the Amazonian Verna, chief of the fierce and wild panther women. As Tarl journeys through the wilderness, the fates of these three remarkable women will finally be decided.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • still love the series.

    • By William M. Wotawa on 10-17-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 9

    • Marauders of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 9
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    Former earthman Tarl Cabot has been struggling to free himself from the cruel control of the Priest-Kings of Gor to no avail. As he pits his strength against such a formidable enemy, a terrible beast appears from the mysterious northern lands, bearing a token of the demise of Tarl's once-beloved woman Talena. The missive is a sign of defiance and disrespect from his enemies, meant to humiliate him and force him to challenge them in response.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • slow start but picks up.

    • By Robert on 11-04-16

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 10

    • Tribesmen of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 10
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 19 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 78

    In this 10th volume of John Norman's Gor series, Tarl Cabot must prove his final loyalty to the harsh and caste-bound planet known as counter-earth. "Surrender Gor," reads a message sent from the Others, a mysterious people from the worlds of steel. Either the proud rulers of Gor submit or be destroyed. Now Tarl Cabot is leaving the decadent city of Port Kar to wander in the wilds of Gor, taking up the sword to defend his rulers and enemies, the Priest-kings. For he knows that the fate of his home planet, Earth, is inextricably tied to the fate of Gor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • love love love love love love love love love love

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-15-17

    Regular price: $29.08

  • Book 11

    • Slave Girl of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 11
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Joy Learner
    • Length: 26 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 82

    Long ago in their intraspecific conflicts a violent, technologically sophisticated life form, the Kurii, destroyed their native world. They now seek another. Between Earth and Gor, or the Counterearth, and the power of the imperialistic, predatory Kurii, now ensconced in the “Steel Worlds,” a number of satellite colonies concealed amongst the debris of the asteroid belt, stands only the defensive might of the Priest-Kings of Gor.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Bored out of my mind

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-19-18

    Regular price: $39.95

  • Book 12

    • Beasts of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 12
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    In this, the 12th book in the famous Gor series, the fight for survival on the primitive, Earthlike world, Gor, continues with a ferocity that matches the rest of the series. On Gor, there are three different kinds of beings that are labeled beasts: There are the Kurii, a monster alien race that is preparing to invade Gor from space; the Gorean warriors, who fight with viciousness almost primitive in its blood lust' and then there are the slave girls of Gor, lowly beasts for men to do with as they see fit, be it as objects of labor or desire.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • In which Tarl fights foes and loves women.

    • By Bruce on 08-13-13

    Regular price: $34.94

  • Book 13

    • Explorers of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 13
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 61

    This enchanting escapade is the most important quest of Tarl Cabot's career. He must retrieve a potent shield ring from a strange explorer. It is imperative that the omnipotent Priest Kings obtain this ring so that the Goreans do not challenge their enormous power. Throughout his expedition, Cabot learns of uncharted territories on Earth's cosmic counterpart. In the dense forests he discovers, Cabot must use his skills to endure the perils that await his arrival. Cabot will encounter Gor's barbarism in full force through enchantingly dangerous beasts, bloodthirsty men, and exotic kingdoms.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Repetitive

    • By Beth Dallara on 05-17-17

    Regular price: $34.94

  • Book 14

    • Fighting Slave of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 14
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    Emotionally lost, Jason Marshall finds himself thrust into a lengthy struggle to save his beloved from slavery on an Earth-like world called Gor. Kidnapped and helpless, Jason begins a life on Gor as a slave and becomes a prominent warrior. He must battle his way to freedom, if only to liberate his love from the clutches of the alien slave emporium. Will Jason overcome the numerous obstacles he encounters? Will he ever reunite with the girl he loves?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-17-15

    Regular price: $22.46

  • Book 15

    • Rogue of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 15
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    Learning a valuable lesson in gender roles, Jason Marshall, an Earthman enslaved by the Goreans, must prove himself on the planet Gor. Determined to find the beautiful Earthwoman who was kidnapped with him, Jason is caught in the middle of a devastating war between Ar and the Salerians. Jason must prove himself a real man and survive the war in hopes of finally finding the girl of his dreams.

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 16

    • Guardsman of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 16
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Thrust into a life full of woeful twists and turns, Jason Marshall has contended with the prehistoric customs and immeasurable power of the Goreans. His struggles on Gor, a planet resembling Earth, included escaping imprisonment, enslavement, and redeeming lost land. Jason has fought to regain control of his life. Having ascended to a position of power in the Gorean army, Jason must prevail in a battle that seems destined to destroy Gor. Jason has a lot riding on his success as a war leader: prestige, wealth, and an Earth girl of goddesslike beauty.

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 17

    • Savages of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 17
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Long ago in their intraspecific conflicts a violent, technologically sophisticated life form, the Kurii, destroyed their native world. They now seek another. Between Earth and Gor, or the Counterearth, and the power of the imperialistic, predatory Kurii, now ensconced in the -Steel Worlds,- a number of satellite colonies concealed amongst the debris of the asteroid belt, stands only the defensive might of the Priest-Kings of Gor.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great short story...

    • By J. C. Orthoefer on 05-14-14

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 18

    • Blood Brothers of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 18
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 20 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Half-Ear, or Zarendargar, a Kur general fallen from favor in the Steel Worlds, now sought by a death squad of his savage compeers, has determined to lure his pursuers into the Barrens, the vast prairies to the east of known Gor, populated by warring tribes known to Goreans as the Red Savages. He has arranged matters in such a way that he will be abetted in his stand against the death squad, and its human allies, by a human ally of his own, his former foe, Tarl Cabot. The ancestors of the Red Savages, as those of many other Goreans, were brought to Gor long ago in Voyages of Acquisition by the Priest-Kings.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • In search of one with whom he once shared Paga. 2

    • By Bruce on 09-16-13

    Regular price: $34.94

  • Book 19

    • Kajira of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 19
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Imelda Pot
    • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    Corcyrus is ruled by a beautiful woman, the cruel, arrogant, much-hated Sheila, an agent of Kurii. It is thought advisable to find a double for Sheila, who, in case of military or political disaster, may serve as her proxy, or substitute. For this role an unwitting young Earth girl, Tiffany Collins, is chosen and brought to Gor. She is introduced into her role and led to believe that she, unaware of the true Sheila, is the Tatrix, or female administrator, of Corcyrus.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • feminine

    • By Serena Galloway on 04-14-16

    Regular price: $29.95

  • Book 20

    • Players of Gor

    • Gorean Saga, Book 20
    • By: John Norman
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    The major land power in the northern latitudes of known Gor has long been the imperium of mighty Ar. Against her hegemonies on the continent, plans by her major enemies, the maritime ubarates of Cos and Tyros, have been carefully drawn to involve attack from without and subversion from within. Cabot, once of Earth, is drawn into these intrigues.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Too much pontification too little story.

    • By Clay Bratton on 05-27-15

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