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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best edition ever (NOT superseded by the Complete Chronicles)
Contrary to another review which says it's been superseded by the Complete Chronicles edition I much prefer this one (meaning: the 3 volumes). The paper is better quality, the preface gives a clever insight about the way Howard related to his hero, the ordering makes sense (and you can appreciate how Howard's style evolved over the years), the illustrations are...
Published on 25 Oct 2008 by Mr. N. Daniau

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2.0 out of 5 stars SEEN NOT HEARD
With ONE exception, these Reviews are on the BOOKS, This item is the AUDIO CD version. It would help if Amazon put the right review against the correct item
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best edition ever (NOT superseded by the Complete Chronicles), 25 Oct 2008
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This review is from: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian: Book One (Conan of Cimmeria) (Paperback)
Contrary to another review which says it's been superseded by the Complete Chronicles edition I much prefer this one (meaning: the 3 volumes). The paper is better quality, the preface gives a clever insight about the way Howard related to his hero, the ordering makes sense (and you can appreciate how Howard's style evolved over the years), the illustrations are beautifully rendered. Personally I also prefer to read from a manageable sized book (especially in bed!) rather than from a volume as heavy as the Chronicles. In term of content this edition contains the same stories (i.e. everything written by Howard on Conan) as the Complete Chronicles. There are some additional material there too, like letters and commentaries to and by Howard, which I don't think you'll find in the Compete Chronicles edition. The only reason you might want the Complete Chronicles is that they are slightly cheaper.
Naturally the stories themselves deserve 5 stars, but these 5 stars I give here are for the edition as much as for the work itself.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READING, 17 Dec 2003
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This review is from: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian: Book One (Conan of Cimmeria) (Paperback)
Plain, unvarnished Conan by the master himself. You will not be disappointed by this book and REH's literary style. The stories are dynamic and enormously entertaining. You will never want to sell or otherwise dispose of this book. It will be in your permanent collection (along with the other forthcoming volumes). If you have read Conan as depicted by others, you will welcome this original text, taken from manuscript in several cases. If you are unaware of this author, you have a real treat in score. Think of Tolkien, Rowlings, Moorcock, Gemmell, and many other fine authors wrapped into a comprehensive whole. Warning: some of the stories may not be considered by all as politically correct.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars SEEN NOT HEARD, 22 May 2011
With ONE exception, these Reviews are on the BOOKS, This item is the AUDIO CD version. It would help if Amazon put the right review against the correct item
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4.0 out of 5 stars A review of the audio CD version, 13 July 2014
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Giles "Gilesh" (Portesham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Couldn't find a single review of the CD version so thought I'd write one. All in all this is not a bad reading of these great +stories, my only criticism is that Todd McLaren pronounces Cimmeria with the emphasis on the last i so it sounds like CimmerEEa, I prefer CimmAIRia. It's a minor point and a little pedantic but it is annoying. Otherwise very good.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Copied from American Amazon Website., 29 Jun 2008
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Mr. L. Monk (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian: Book One (Conan of Cimmeria) (Paperback)
Hi, I would like to say that i have no read the book yet, however i found this review very usefull from the American website. It lists all of the books that are covered by this volume.

I'll report back once i have read the book.

Lee

By Ryan Harvey "Wolf Shadow" (Los Angeles, CA USA) - See all my reviews

If you're a fan of fantasy author Robert E. Howard, who wrote for the pulps in the 1920s and 30s, rejoice! His stories of the great barbarian adventurer Conan are coming back in print, without unnecessary editing. These are the original texts.
If you enjoy fantasy, but have never read either Howard or Conan -- BUY THIS NOW. It is a must for lovers of fantasy. Banish any notions you have of Conan in other media: movies, comics, books by other authors. Howard's Conan is a stunning, unique creation. At turns bloody thrilling, filled with passionate rushes of action, at other times brooding and beautiful, sweeping you off to strange vistas. Howard was a one of a kind author, an American great, and with Conan he was at his best.

This first volume covers the first third of Howard's Conan stories, presented in the order they were written. The included stories are (in order):

1. The Phoenix on the Sword
2. The Frost-Giant's Daughter
3. The God in the Bowl
4. The Tower of the Elephant
5. The Scarlet Citadel
6. Queen of the Black Coast
7. Black Colossus
8. Iron Shadows in the Moon (aka Shadows in the Moonlight)
9. Xuthal of the Dusk (aka The Slithering Shadow)
10. The Pool of the Black One
11. The Vale of Lost Women
12. The Devil in Iron
13. The Phoenix on the Sword (first submitted draft)

Plus a number of fragments and outlines, and Howard's guide to Conan's world: "The Hyborian Age."

All the stories are enjoyable, although a few are minor entries in the Conan canon. The superior works are "The Tower of the Elephant," "The Scarlet Citadel," "The Frost-Giant's Daughter," and "Queen of the Black Coast." The last story is the gem of the collection: a grand romantic tragedy that you will never forget. This is one of Howard's ultimate great works.

The volume comes with a treasure trove of supporting material: illustrations by Mark Schultz that have a unique take on the character; an informative introduction and very detailed appendicies that go into the history of how Howard wrote the stories and some of his sources, and textual notes for the truly obsessed.

This is simply a superb collection: long-time fans and first time readers will all find something to treasure in this salute to one of the major authors and founders of modern fantasy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic except for the last two stories, 20 May 2011
This review is from: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian: Book One (Conan of Cimmeria) (Paperback)
This is a fantastic collection and a must have for any fans of Conan, Swords and Sorcery or just Fantasy in general. It collects the first 13 of Howard's stories including classics such as 'The Tower of the Elephant' and 'Queen of the Black Coast'. The stories vary from cosmic horror, to expansive wars to pirate adventures but they are all fuelled by the same red blooded prose that flowed from Howards' pen. On top of these stories you get a plethora of extras which add history and insight into life and personality of author Robert E Howard, as well as fleshing out the world of Cimmeria.

I would have given this 5 stars if not for the last two stories. Sadly In my opinion they didn't hold up compared to the others. They were entertaining, but just not on the same level as the ones before them. However this really is a great read, and is enormously entertaining, so much so after finishing it I immediately ordered the other books in the set. Do yourself a favour and buy this.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stories, well narrated., 3 May 2010
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Mr. S. Kelly (England) - See all my reviews
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This collection of Robert E. Howard's Conan short stories are well read / voice-acted and there is more on the discs, being recorded in the MP3 format. They are ordered in publication date and not chronologically through Conan's life. Quality of the stories varies from above average to excellent but all are exciting adventures. They were all written in the first part of the 1930's and in some of the stories attitudes to women and people of colour are definately non-PC, in most, however these attitudes are not present. There is no strong language nor strong sexual content (except for a few passages describing beautiful women) but there is a lot of violence, as you would expect in stories about an iron-willed barbarian warrior pit against hoardes of enemies, determined to get in his way and annoy him. Recommended for fans of the genre.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superceded by the Complete Chronicles, 22 July 2008
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Clever Spud (Birmingham) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian: Book One (Conan of Cimmeria) (Paperback)
Howard pretty much invented the Sword and Sorcery genre or at least put the modern stamp on it. Despite the fact that 70 years or so has passed since these stories were first published they're as fresh as the day they were first laid down on paper and tumbled into the wider public consciousness.

However, this edition has been pretty much superceded by the Complete Chronicles, also available on Amazon for around the same price but with much more on offer.
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