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Assassin of Gor

Narrated by: Ralph Lister
Series: Gorean Saga, Book 5
Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
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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.

©1971 John Norman (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Good story, plot ETC. Just not the best written book ever. I will still be finishing the series though!

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  • James
  • Gloucester, United Kingdom
  • 19-04-14

GREAT!

Ralph Lister does it again, my favourite of the series so far, much easier to follow when listening

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-12

Wow.. I mean... Wow

I love this series. Thank you for bringing it to us. I am a a bit saddened that I only have one left to listen to.. Please complete the series for us!

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  • KRS
  • 27-10-19

When a Plan Comes Together

The previous book, Nomads, has the best character development and this book serves as well-plotted. You can see the plot lines and what is happening a mile away - not too many surprises, but still its' very clear every character throughout the long saga of story is like a chess piece - and will play an important role in the end game. it's well planned.

Nice touches in this one include Tarl getting in over his head and a return of a favorite animal and leader. At the same time - more of the tragedy of Norman's long-winded dialogues and repetitive scenes as well. Norman writes battle scenes well -- but thinks he writes slave scenes well (when it's all the same scene - -"I am smart and hate slavery, I want to be a slave. I love you Tarl Cabot. I am free but want to be a slave for you tarl cabot." ). Sadly he cuts a great scene (his first tarn tournament as Gladius by just saying "Gladius won that tournament" then goes into a 30 page description of stave training techniques.)

Too much of the wrong details. Seriously - when Vella said, "There are 104 ways for a stave to enter a room" I almost cried because I thought I was going to have to listen to them all. Fortunately, he only describes 3. So, good plotting (every character has a purpose) but repetitious and tedious description.

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  • david
  • 23-11-18

great story

great adventure story with plenty of action and adventure. you do have to get past all the slavery stuff. i think of it as similar to earths Roman society with citizens and slaves. dont let that part put you off from a good story.

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  • bob
  • 20-06-18

best one yet.

fun and exciting story. best of the series so far. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes the previous books.

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  • Review 2
  • 26-05-18

I want to live on Gore!

Greatest ending yet! I want to live on planet Gore now as a warrior. Thank you John Norman for making earth feel so boring.

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  • Orite Levy
  • 19-12-17

Hella sexist!!

The first of this series and second even are tolerable but the third and fourth are so sexually detrimental to women that it is downright disturbing. This series was written in the 60’s and the author really takes it there as far as women being enslaved. All women are enslaved all the time and are supposed to like it in these books. I literally began hating men from listening to these books. Awful.

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  • Benjamin
  • 15-07-17

dorky but amazing

I love these books. I must admit this book has dorky parts than any other so far. However I still love it and by the end I was cheering and sad when it ended.

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  • michael
  • 04-03-13

Gorean Saga

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.

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  • Candyce
  • 22-03-11

wow writing styles have changed...

This was OK. This was my first book by John Norman I know this one is smack dab in the middle of a huge series but I didn't feel lost at all.

I did have a problem with the writing style, the I said she said back and forth got REALLY old. I also felt there was WAY too much description, don't get me wrong you need a good amount but it seems like the author would go off on tangents on descriptions of things that I didn't need to or care to know.

The love scenes, at least by today's standards, was non existent.

The narrator was ok but for the female voices he just sounded like a drag queen (nothing against drag queens) and so I had a hard time listening to the female voices, lucky it is told mostly in first person.

Overall an interesting read that I am not sad I purchased but would not purchase any more from John Norman, it's just not my cup of tea.

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  • Jeanette
  • 07-09-13

Not the target audience!

I love a good surprise, and I thought this book might be it, from the reviews; however, it was a drag...slow and meandering without much of a plot or point.

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