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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.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful