If you can’t afford the excellent Trantor audio books of Conan, there are now some free R.E. Howard unabridged audio stories with semi-pro and listenable narrators…

Howard’s Conan stories in free audio, ordered in story-world chronology:

“The Frost Giant’s Daughter” (abridged, semi-dramatised) (unpublished during his lifetime)
“The Tower of the Elephant” (abridged, semi-dramatised)
  alt.: “The Tower of the Elephant” (Athena Audio) (and part 2) (90 mins.)
“The God in the Bowl” (unpublished during his lifetime)
“Rogues in the House” (and part 2)
“The Black Colossus” (and part 2)
Queen of the Black Coast
“Shadows in the Moonlight” (and part 2)
“A Witch Shall Be Born”
“Shadows in Zamboula”
“The Slithering Shadow” (aka “Xuthal of the Dusk”)
“The Devil in Iron”
“The People of the Black Circle”
“The Vale of Lost Women” (unpublished during his lifetime)
“The Pool of the Black One”
“Red Nails”
“The Jewels of Gwahlur” (aka “Servants of Bit-Yakin”)
“Beyond the Black River”
“The Black Stranger” (unpublished during his lifetime, aka “Treasure of Tranicos” after re-working by de Camp to have it fit better between “Beyond the Black River” and “The Phoenix on the Sword”)
“The Phoenix on the Sword”
“The Scarlet Citadel” (and part 2 3 4 5 6 and 7)
The Hour of the Dragon (aka Conan the Conqueror, a novel)

“The God in the Bowl” and “The Vale of Lost Women” are no great loss — unpublished during his lifetime, these two stories don’t show Howard writing at his best. And “The Slithering Shadow” and “The Devil In Iron” also missing from the above list, are said to be the worst of the Conan stories.

Also…

The collection Solomon Kane: Red Shadows and three Solomon Kane poems read by a Shakespearean actor.


For those who can afford them, Trantor’s audio book collections of R.E. Howard’s original Conan and others use the modern texts and are read with excellence:

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
The Bloody Crown of Conan
The Conquering Sword of Conan (full free-sample story)

Also from Trantor:

The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane
Kull: Exile of Atlantis
Bran Mak Morn: the Last King

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard

Sadly Trantor can’t sell into the UK, and nor are downloads available through Audible.co.uk. So Brits will have to go to eBay and pay a premium (the days of bargains on eBay are long gone, as are the days of cheap trans-Atlantic shipping), or have an American friend buy them for you and send them over. Update: they now seem to be available via Amazon UK.

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