Contrary to another review which claims that this edition has been superseded by the Complete Chronicles edition I much prefer this one (meaning: the 3 volumes).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.
This is a great buy. Robert E. Howard was a game changer when he started writing his adventure stories. Nigh on inventing an new type of fiction he made the gory, pseudo-historical fantasy genre his own, blending swash-buckling tales of sullen, determined heroes with the darkly plotting ways of sorcerers and hideous creatures from beyond. With Conan, Howard had his perfect protagonist, honed from his earlier Kull stories, Conan is the virtually unstoppable barbaric force that no civilised man could deter. The stories vary in quality a little from above average to excellent, but all are entertaining in some form or another. The only issue I had was that these are all CD audio disc and it would have been better if they had been MP3 format. I found myself changing the discs frequently. Recommended for fans of the genre.