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  • Gorean Saga, Book 4
  • By: John Norman
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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Nomads of Gor

By: John Norman
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
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Summary

Tarl has dedicated his life to ensuring that the Priest-Kings survive the harsh lands of Gor, but a savage tribe that closely guards its secrets has halted his quest. To continue it, Tarl must unravel the mysteries of this strange, private band of nomads called the Wagon People at risk of his life. He is the only man alive who has not trembled in the presence of this mysterious tribe.

Now he is embarking on the most perilous adventure of his time on the counter-world of Gor. Will he be accepted by the tribe and learn the secrets they guard with their lives - or will he die trying?

The saga continues: listen to more in the Gorean series.
©2010 John Norman (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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For me, having read them in book form, I feel listening to them in audio form gave me a better understanding of the story.

Love Ralph's reading style

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  • Wayne
  • 21-05-11

Gorean: Love it or Hate it...."but"

First of all, you either love or hate this series, but it has survived and has thousands of fans who love Norman's world and some who even incorporate elements of his philosophy into their lives. I read the series as a young man and have always loved it and perhaps it saved me from the ruins of feminism.

The books are well read and I hope you create audible versions of all twenty-six...I will buy them all and encourage others who love the Gorean saga to do the same.

HOWEVER...the female parts need to be voiced by a female....instead of sounding realistic, it sounds stupid to have female voices read by a male. I would pay extra for this and think it would be so much more enjoyable.

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  • KRS
  • 16-09-19

The Best and Worst of the Gor Saga

If you only read 1 Gor book, Nomads of Gor should be the one. It shows the very best of John Norman's writing ability. The Wagon People are epic world building, and you will feel like you have been a part of them all of your life. You understand their honor, their customs, and their games. You hurt with them, and you cheer for the "wily Tuchuks." The action is intense and the stakes are high. It's very well written and shows how these books have created an entire subculture who, like Elizabeth Cardwell, want to live in Gor forever.

It also shows the beginning of the end - not the end of the series - there were 30+ more books -- but the end of the great writing. Chapter 25, aptly named, "I am Served Tea" (yep its that exciting) - is the longest chapter in the book and it takes 1 hour and 19 minutes of a 15 hour book. It is 1 conversation between Tarl and Elizabeth about whether or not she should/wants/is a slavgirl. Back and forth they talk, and talk, and talk. Tarl says idiotic things like 2 sentences after freeing her because slavery is wrong "I thought of raping her, but that would never do for a free woman." So - slavery is wrong, except that he spend ages telling Elizabeth that it makes women better (there's an intensely looonnggggg back and forth over what makes a woman a woman) so then it's right. As the books progress these long exchanges about Female Submission dominate the books and the very cool action and worlds take a back seat.

So - read Nomads and love every minute of it (except maybe Chapter 25) but cry when you finish, because you've reached the end of the greatness.

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  • flbamalady
  • 08-07-12

Finally

Would you listen to Nomads of Gor again? Why?

Have read all the books and am enjoying listening to them.

Thanks Audible for finally getting them in audible format.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-12

Hats off to Audible

Thank you for these books. I am hopeful that you complete the series. Excellent work!

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  • Robert
  • 10-02-11

Chuvanistic, Clichee and very Interesting

You can not expect (hope but not expect) different from a 60's Sifi/Fantasy writer who makes very clear differences between the Dominent Male and the Submissive female. If this would bother you in a book; leave it alone.

Norman can make a world come to life. Although the main character is a bit 2 dimensional and again clicheed somehow the story line and description of the world still intriguies me. It may be the fact that i read this for the first time in the 60's or it may just be the clarity and simplicity of the story and characters but i liked it. So much so that i did get the following books and will continue to get them as quickly as Audibel get's them on line.

Handle with care but otherwise a good "take me away from this place" read!

Robert Z

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  • M
  • 15-07-22

Back to the wagon times

Tarl Cabot befriends and inflitrates the wagon people, and learns much of their culture along the way. This book is one of my personal favorite among John Norman's works. Leaving behind the technological world of the priest kings, we delve into the culture of the wagon people and glimpse a simpler way of life, though not less complex in culture. We learn more of the system of slavery on Gor. The juxtaposition of city life, and the conflicts that brings. John Norman's fascination with Master/slave dynamics grow and materialize in-depth throughout this book.

Full-disclosure, I read many of the Gor books back in the 1980's, and was quite pleased to see them arrive on Audible. My wife is now listening to them for the first time, having heard of the series before, and is enjoying them. This age-old series still has some life in it, perhaps primarily for those involved with adjacent dynamics.

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  • Richard Reynolds
  • 24-03-22

Excellent book, Excellent narration.

my only complaint is Ralph's American accent makes me want to smash my head against the wall... but hey, still a great performance overall.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-22

Probably my favorite book

I love this book! Tarl has finally developed a spine, and come into the man that Gor demands he be. Harald's presence in the book gives it some much needed comedic relief, and it has a few twists that I certainly did not see coming.

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  • SGT TACKELBERRY
  • 15-10-20

love this series ❤

this was a good book ...harold of the tuchucks was bold and funny those wilie tuchucks ....lol

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  • Joseph Garrido
  • 18-11-19

Adventure at its best.

Did not enjoy the controversial aspect of the story details. However, this is definitely one of my favorites in the series. I particularly enjoyed the humor of the characters that is not common in most of the series.