When I read the previous reviews of this book I thought twice about downloading, many of them criticised the narrator. A bad narrator can ruin even the greatest books. However I decided to download it and give it a try and it was fantastic. I really can't see what the other reviewers were talking about, the narrator was excellent. He manages to inject just the right amount of emotion into his performance without making it hammy, his characterisations were spot on, and his speed of delivery was perfect. I'll certainly be buying more from this narrator.
The story itself was exciting and thrilling, fast moving with just the right amount of tension and suspense. Part epic adventure, part colonial survival and part detective story, this was a great book. I'm just about to download the next instalment.
Very slow start but loved the end. Can't wait to listen to the next one. If you like hard science fiction then this is it.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
Red mars is a great piece of writing, which at times would have benefited by concentrating on a tighter timeframe.
Really enjoyed the story line and the creative approaches taken towards colonization etc...
Having said that... the narrator really killed it for me. The story was good enough to slog through the narrator. It really felt like he was reading it, instead of "telling" it, he also had some very odd pronunciation choices that persisted through the book and took me out of the story each time. Maybe i'm overly particular on that point, but I suggested this book to more that one person with the caveat that they should read it and avoid the audio production.
Red Mars probably ranks among my five all-time favorites. I actually read the whole Mars Trilogy some years ago and wanted to visit that world again, without having to sit and read. The audiobook was the perfect way to do that.
Boy, that's a tough one! I'm a big fan of Kim Stanley Robinson. He definitely writes hard science fiction, not space opera, though his characters are terrific, as well. He also has a beautiful, well-defined philosophy. If you mixed any of the books from David Brin's uplift series with a little Ursula K. Le Guin, you might come out with something akin to the Mars Trilogy, though Robinson's trilogy is set closer to our own time.
Ferrone has a lovely, rich voice, but one that doesn't impose itself on the story. He also has a wonderful clarity, something important when the material includes scientific explanations of story events. He manages to convey complex ideas in a completely understandable voice. I've listened to quite a few sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks, some read by their own authors, and Ferrone is one of the best narrators.
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Red Mars is a must-read title in science fiction. This audiobook is a good way to read it.
It is a long story, where not much happens. The details are impressive, the scientific imagination as well and documentation amazed me often, but despites iincredible efforts, the charachters are... plainly stupid. Nothing like the brilliant scientists and astute politicians they are supposed to be. While other characters seems amazed by their doing, the depiction of those actions seem very basic, not very smart, so not much to be amazed of. So there is definitely a flaw in the story. As per the narrator, his narrative tune emphasizes this feeling of naivity in all key players actions. But still that remains a fantastic piece of sci fi work, just be patient as it can take ages to develop and action, and you really wonder often...
I bought all three of these books years ago and HATED Red Mars. Never finished it and I tried several times. It was boring and way too dry and sciencey. I wasted a small fortune.
Well last summer I was listening to an old ITunes play list and Green Mars popped on at the end of something else. I was in the middle of a project and wasn't going to stop to change it. The recording started in the middle, talking about how plants survive winter and deal with salinity- a subject lately dear to me, and I was drawn in completely.
I have listened to the whole series now and I cannot imagine how I didn't like it all those years ago. Its really not very sciencey, I mean sure .. a bit... but the characterizations and the story do not rely on the science. There is much, much more of politics and as much of magic as there is of science in this series.
The performance is great