• Tarnsman of Gor

  • Gorean Saga, Book 1
  • By: John Norman
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (1,296 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Tarl Cabot has always believed himself to be a citizen of Earth. He has no inkling that his destiny is far greater than the small planet he has inhabited for the first 20-odd years of his life. One frosty winter night in the New England woods, he finds himself transported to the planet of Gor, also known as Counter-Earth, where everything is dramatically different from anything he has ever experienced. It emerges that Tarl is to be trained as a Tarnsman, one of the most honored positions in the rigid, caste-bound Gorean society. He is disciplined by the best teachers and warriors that Gor has to offer...but to what end?

This is the first book of John Norman's popular and controversial Gorean Saga, a series of novels the author began in 1967 with Tarnsman of Gor and are now considered cult classics. This audiobook is based on the definitive edition recently published by E-Books.

©2007 John Norman (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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A good yarn But...

When I first read the series ten years ago, it was quite disturbing in a chauvinistic in a sexual way. The story was good, and fun. the science must be taken with a the grain of salt, but that's ok its an adventure story not a text. These days with the heavy hitting S&M story's like Shades of Grey, John Norman has nothing of the shock value his tale had back in the day. The story ties aliens with abducted earthlings, medieval sword and arrow play into an entertaining series. If you are into online Role playing, whole lands are devoted to this series in Second life, so read it and live it as well if you desire. Enjoy!

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Hemingway of Fantasy

The detail in which the story was written immerses you into the world of Gor. Powerful character development and underlying social themes we struggle with even today will keep the reader coming back for more.

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Narnia for adults

I think of this as Narnia for adults without the religious undertones.

The good
A) the creativity of the planet and people and creatures is really impressive
B) the story line keeps you guessing

The not so good
A) the narrator was hard to under stand at times...I do listen at 1.5 and have never had a problem before
B) because the story has so many new ideas the listener may find themselves rewinding to listen again, this is because most names are very unusual both of people and animals

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Love the Gor Books

I've never been disappointed. I can read and reread these books 100 times and never be bored. Can't wait to listen to the next book!!

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The Gorean saga begins!

This is where the adventure begins..Ta Sardar Gor!

A well narrated and written beginning to a cult classic of Sci Fi...If you want to get a feel for the Gorean adventure start here

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Escape to Gor!

Having discovered this series back in the late 70's, I was delighted to see it listed on Audible.

As expected, I enjoyed it immensely, having lost none of its original appeal. In fact, listening to it now, I can???t help but wonder how much of today???s accepted Sci-Fi lore can be attributed to early works such as this.

A world where modern day weapons and technology are banned. Where men lived by a simpler and more honorable code. Flying mounts. Sound familiar? Well here is one of the originals and its hasn???t dated a bit.

My only minor criticism is the narrator, who does a good enough job with the reading itself, but I found he just didn???t have the type of voice I would have expected for the main character. As it is read in the first person, I found it took some time to become accustomed that the voice you were hearing was coming from a young, athletic Englishman, turned fierce warrior of Gor.

That aside, it???s an enjoyable listen and one that I highly recommend.

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Um, OK?

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration is good. However, it was hard to get into the book because I couldn't get into the story.

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It's a book about love (somewhat) and lots of "This is how men and women should behave towards each other." If you're into the master-slave relationship then this is the book for you. For me, not so much. I could have got over that, however, if there was more story to support the "this is how Lara (sp?) fell in love with Tol (sp?)" part but there is a lot of "quickening" through the story. i.e. at one minute in the reading the two people hate each other, the next minute of the story a day or month may go by and they're madly in love with each other because the main character is the uber-warrior. I prefer more in-depth reasons for why people want to be with each other.I've listened to the first two books and it was pretty transparent as to what was going to happen in the second book after listening to the first book.On a side note, I think the series could be quite good if there was more time dedicated to the adventure, the politics, and the emotional development between the main character and the main love interest of the book.

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Good story!

I really liked the telling of this story, it was well written and well played.

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Love love love!!!

I was recommended and I absolutely love this book, I'm going to get the rest of the Gor book series!!

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A ripping yarn

What made the experience of listening to Tarnsman of Gor the most enjoyable?

An excellent performance by Ralf Lister brings the book alive and makes it a good introduction to the Gor Saga compensating largely for the weaknesses in characterisation and the extra-ordinary co-incidences in the plot.The Target audience (presumably adolescent boys) will really enjoy this as well as those of us who can still suspend disbelief and are schoolboys at heart or who wish to learn about Gor.LIght fantasy adventure literature at its best. with an element of déjà vu.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending held no particular surprise remaining classic for the genre

Have you listened to any of Ralph Lister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The pace was good and made the book hard to turn off

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  • Fantasy Gamer
  • 02-24-15

60s fantasy still fresh

I read this book 20 years ago, and it sets up the series beautifully. Yes, some rampant sexism but all good fun. Certainly better than 50 shades of crap. The world of Gor is well realised and feasible, and the pacing and story kept me interested again. Well worth a listen.

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  • Beverley
  • 01-30-11

Enjoyable read

I hadn't read the Tarnsman of Gor for about 40 years, so I was delighted to see it is now available for download. And I wasn't disappointed - the narration is excellent, and the story itself was as good as I remembered it. The book has a strong plot, lots of humour and is a fun listen! I'm off to download the next in the series.

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  • Craig Robinson
  • 09-08-17

Very simple and predictable.

I'd heard a lot of good stuff about this book from people I consider well read. I was surprised at how simplistic the book was. Let's hope the series gets better.

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  • KittyKat
  • 07-26-17

Love

Honestly, listened to this three times now and still love it. Got to book 23 where it does begin to waffle, however this one is marvelous!!.Feminists may despise this book, and some men may, although I really do enjoy it and WILL listen again .

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  • Michael
  • 08-20-10

Tarnsman of Gor - Cor Chronicles vol. 1

I am a big fan of the Gor series of books and was absolutely delighted when I found that Audible had released the first of the series. The narrator reads the book very well and clearly. I would recommend it to any fan of the Gor series. I have also noticed that vol. 2 (Outlaw of Gor) has also been released on here.

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  • Heather Tout
  • 11-21-20

Great introduction to an amazing world

Loved it . Great story the descriptions detailed but not to long winded. Can't wait to start the next one.

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  • Nina Shaw
  • 10-18-20

Can’t get enough of this book

I love this book. I’ve had this for around 7 months now and I have must have listened to it around 40-50 times, Ralph really sets the characters in the book. I can picture each scene perfectly and I can’t put it down haha. I finally have books 2-7 after wanting them for a long time. I really recommend this book and the entire saga to anyone who wants to explore the Gorean Lifestyle.

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  • Ian
  • 07-12-20

Horrible narration

Couldn't get through the story for the screeching and shouting of the bizarre narrator! Quite how or why he chose some of the character voices is beyond me but it's borderline unlistenable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-20

ok

more of a free libravox title i feel ... volume of narration a bit random and story is pretty flat

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  • Leo
  • 01-30-20

An Evocative Tale

The world of Gor is both fantastic and inspiring, with strong themes of honour, freedom and belonging at its core. John Norman (author) and Ralph Lister (narrator) take the listener on a wondrous adventure, leaving behind the false and timid virtues of modern society, to be replaced with a sense of natural order.

A wide vocabulary is employed to depict scenes of daring endeavor, skilled combat, and animal husbandry. However, throughout the book, some basic words are noticeably overused, which sadly detracts from an otherwise rich and dynamic storytelling experience. Despite this, and the occasional odd inflection, I'm greatly looking forward to the next volume in the saga.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-05-20

enjoyable listen

I own the seires but the audiobooks mean I can actually get through them agIn

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  • HillaryClintonBrainsTrust
  • 10-26-17

great male positive world

fantastic masculine storytelling. highly recommend to all men who enjoy stories involving natural masculine ideals