• Raiders of Gor

  • Gorean Saga, Book 6
  • By: John Norman
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (349 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this sixth book in the Gorean series, former earthman Tarl Cabot finds himself in the most depraved city that Gor has to offer. Port Kar is a city of robbers, brigands and men without allegiance to any cause or kingdom where the weak are quickly consumed by the strong. However, Tarl Cabot is able to flourish in the cutthroat environment of the city, for he is a powerful Tarnsman, used to having his way. He finds that there is much to learn in Port Kar, where the people are celebrated for their skill of training their voluptuous slaves into utter obedience.

The saga continues: listen to more in the Gorean series.
©2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; 1973 John Norman

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As good as it gets

Where does Raiders of Gor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am a big fan of Norman and fast becoming one of Lister. I was very apprehensive when I first stared listening to the books since I have read all of them, but each one I listen to gets better. I just hope they will continue publishing them.

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Frustrating masterpiece. Might be Norman's best.

What a multi-faceted story. The last section (15 minutes) of this book is one of my favorite sections of all literature. Yet the first third of this book was extremely frustrating and I would not have continued had I not had such a love for the book series. I love Tarl Cabert. I love the blend of his rich courageous character, strong manhood and kindness. Across the series he has these little stupidities and miscommunications but he's always a very lovable character. However, and this book he goes to the dark side in a way. I know now this was a part of the authors plan. I guess I too am far too human like Tarl, wanting to keep believing the myths about myself...just like mist of us.

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Gor not great

I read these books decades ago and evidently had forgotten how tedious the author gets when describing pointless things totally unrelated to the story. I’d return it if I could. Can’t stand listening to it anymore.

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High Seas and Human Philosphy

While it follows the usual structure of Norman's series of slavery and the question of gender roles and traditions, the book surprised me in the way it moved me to despise and then sympathize with the characters. In the end, an interesting revelation to be delivered by the unlikely. All threads neatly tied up in a satisfying package. Another fantastic read by Mr. Lister.

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great story

awsome was very interesting and brings to light i think all of us and what we think

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hero becomes a whimpering slave. not entertaining.

our gallant hero begs to become a slave at the start of the book and just becomes a whimpering slave with no heart or courage for the next hour. I just couldn't continue to read the book.

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Best and Worst of the Series in One Book

This book is wildly uneven but enjoyable at the same time. The Pirate motif fits well with Gor and the features some of the best writing since the character development of Nomads. However, it also delves deeper into the great flaws Norman has as a writer - poor logic, long passages of nothing, simplistic women.

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Action - so much action. It's like watching an old pirate swashbuckler movie from the 40's.
World Building: Port Kar comes alive, but it's the "Rence Islands" that really builds Gor up. Fantastic creativity.
Character Interplay: Characters connect and provide story inside the tstory.

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Bad logic. For 5 books Tarl looks certain death in the eye and goes forward. A girl puts a sword to him and he's like "Please don't kill me I'll be slave. I have no honor. I am nothing." What??? This turn in his character is so shallow Norman might have just started by saying "I want Tarl to be someone different, so he is."
LONGGGGG passages of nothing. 30 minute descriptions of ships. 15 minute explanations of everyone at a feast even though only 2 characters matter. a 10 minute passage about what his new cloak and sword look like.
Simplistic Women. The relationships and development of male characters is natural. The women, like the books before, are a joke. A woman goes from Ubara (sort of a queen) to slave in 5 minutes. "You are now slave - she was singing in the kitchen." A woman goes from being completely humiliated by "Bosk" (tarl) to "I love you Bosk" in less than a chapter. Pretty much - women are thing creatures who magically do/say whatever they need to at the moment.

It's both a fun romp, and a dumb book. Welcome to Gor.

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pathetic.

this series has some books that are great and others that are nearly unbelievably bad. I'm not apposed to the BDSM slave girl thing. but Norman is terrible at writing slave scenes. they are poorly done un sexy clunky pathetic unrealistic sense. one minute a girl is crying and screaming NO NO! the man says quite slave girl. then the girl magically becomes a perfectly behaved trained slave girl completely happy and eager to serve. seriously if you can't make something as controversial as slavery meaningful and impactful then just don't touch it....... one scene in particular is just terrible. a girl is first free then made a slave then freed then slaved yet again finally she is once more freed than begging she demands to be taken as a slave girl yet again only a few hours after crying in fear that she doesn't want to be a slave. and this takes place in literally like 15 minutes worth of time. this book is like a terrible B movie that has no real purpose.

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Terrible Writing, really weird pacing

Can't stand this guy's long asides, then sudden lack of detail. Terrible author. How do I refund?

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skipping

another wonderful dive into for. the audio book though skips forward in a couple places losing a few sentences which tends to break the immersion.

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  • jimbob21
  • 07-25-11

Raiders of GOR

I found the 6th book diffrant to the last five were tarl was all way the hero in this one he seemed lost and falling in to bad situation after another but i found it just as gripping as the last ones. i would recommend it to any one.

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  • James
  • 12-10-12

One of my favorites of the series...

Again, read greatly by Ralph Lister, still love this book and the series, MORE GOR SAGA PLEASE!!!

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  • David
  • 06-06-17

darker

loved it as always. definatly took a different direction but still what I expected from the series. will be getting the next book