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? Tarl vows to find the answer for himself, journeying to the mountain stronghold of the kings, knowing full well that no one who has dared approach the Priest-Kings has ever returned alive....
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To Boldly Go....
Well read by Ralph again here, makes a decent book better....Please Audible, more Gor Saga please!!!
I could only struggled through half, it started going wrong with the tedious minutiae of objects slightly differing from real world objects, going into far more detail than necessary. Then it moves into an hour or so of characters with monotonous and abrasive voices (I appreciate that this was correct though). Worst was the author's portrayal of how women act on gor, and his attempts to rationalise their submissive behaviour. I understand that this is his fantasy, a world he created, but I could not perservere through the rest of this book as I found it rather sickening.
"A challange to the imagination"
This is as much as a new experience to the imagination as was the first volume. IN the first we learned the nature of Gor on the surface, both literally and figuratively. Now we get to the inner workings. This volume has a focus on more action and less face and body stripping. Well worth the read, and a focal point of the whole series.
"One of my all-time favorite books."
I have always loved this book. It gets 5 stars and I don't give those out very often.
"decent but annoying character voice"
I hate his robotic voice for the mechanical translators. it was hard to listen to so much of it.
"Getting mad, even though revenge is nigh."
The narrator (Ralph Lister) really pulls off an excellent performance. Going from believable women, the computer voice sounding like robot and several different specific characters. John Norman's Gor novels holds no punches when it comes to plot progression and really invokes several different emotions, sometimes even angry. Though, in true John Norman fashion, the hero wins the day, "gets the beautiful woman" and all hopes are realized. There's no lingering questions, for everything is explained and resolved. I am the type of person who likes epic fantasy novels that go into great detail concerning everything. John Norman's writing style just flows from one scene to the next while going into enough detail to satisfy the reader. So far this series has been fantastic. 3 down, 30 more to go. Haha. I would recommend this series to ANY fan of science fiction with a heavy dose of action.
The Gorean series is basically Conan the barbarian meets a smut novel on another world. There's lots of violent battles and vicious giant man eaters with a dash BDSM. The series gets a little repetitive as the books go on but not to badly for a 20 plus book series. If you liked the John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' series most likely you'll enjoy these books there very similar. I prefer the Gorean series myself, except the ones narrated by women which I haven't bought so don't know if there good or not I personal dislike women narrates.
"I am HOOKED"
If there was a literary equivalent to "crack"... this series is it. I need more!
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