It has seemed a shame to me that ERB spent so much of his time with Tarzan. Barsoom is much more fun to visit. The dialog that the author provides has always been stilted, artificial and hard to believe. I like the reader's use of the southern accent (which is right for John Carter of Virginia) it changes the spoken style to formal and cultured. It works. The action, in typical ERB style, has you in-trouble by the bottom of the first page and the action continues. I read these books when I was young and enjoyed them so much that I read them with my daughters and now have the pleasure over again with my grand children.
I have always heard a lot about ERB's Barsoom books but I never got around to reading them and now I don't have to. When I first started to listen to this book I was taken aback by the southern accent. I thought to myself "there is no way I can sit through 6 hours or so of this" but when I found out that the reader was reading in the character of John Carter I started to enjoy myself. Then when he did the voices of the martians in the choppy style sort of like he was a person comfortable with english but not his first language, I thought it was great. I think the story was really brought to life by this reader and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Don't get me wrong, I really liked this book when I read it on my own--but I found it pretty difficult to be engaged by the reader's poor performance. The way he acts out the voices of the Martians--and the women in particular--is almost embarassing to listen to. I wish somebody with the acting chops to pull off John Carter and the cast of characters had recorded this...instead of this Dolen guy.
Very enjoyable tale, I listen on the way to work and found myself sitting in the parking lot not wanting to turn it off.
I had also read the entire Mars series when I was around 15
I am afraid the southern accent and less than robust voice of the narrarator was not how I would imagine the main charactor to sound like. As a fan of the author, I would normaly give this audible book a rateing of 5 if not for this.
Burrough's Mars novels may be my favorite escapist literature of all time. I was not prepared for a reading where the reader adopts a broad southern accent, I guess because John Carter is from Virginia. I would have much preferred a simple straightforward reading. The affected accent is very annoying and detracts from the enjoyment of the story.
OK. I was really looking forward to this as a great example of escapist fiction, but that accent, and I use the word advisedly, gets in the way of everything. It attracts attention to itself and hides the action in the text. Long drawn out vowels at the worst possible time. I'm disappointed. I won't be getting the rest of the series - unless another version becomes available. Oh well! Such is the way things are in the audio world, I guess.
The Martian series by Edgar Rice Burroughs is full of action and adventure. It should not be vocalized at a speed that is so slow that it would frustrate a 1st grader. I shouldn't give it any stars at all. Buying the download was a waste of time and money.