I can understand why people don't like this book. It's not full of action, it doesn't open with lasers firring on spaceships, it takes time and goes through fantastic detail. I really could believe I was on mars. And the details are fantastic especially when you consider this book is 15 years old. Since the book was published we've had 3 rovers on mars, several more orbiters, etc.
The book follows the lives of the first people to land on mars as viewed from several individuals each in turn. Just as I was starting to get comfortable with that character he switches people and we start learning about someone new. I found it annoying at times.
If you wonder, could humans live on mars? How could we get there? What would it be like on mars? Then you will like this book. He explores not only the technical challenges but the political problems, emotional strains that anyone going to mars would face. If you want a thriller or action book, it's probably best to look elsewhere.
Part hard science, part utopian sociology and part epic science fiction, Red Mars was an incredible read and also a very enjoyable listen. While this narrator lacks emotion at times, the story doesn't suffer overly much. I would recommend this audio book to anyone who has a love for imagining what might in fact be just around the corner, the exploration and eventual colonization of other planets within our solar system. The author does a good job of melding many elements, including strong character development, into a very entertaining story.
as a first time audible listener this book series is wonderful. yes it goes on and on sometimes but you get a very good idea of the science behind the colonization of mars. Kim Stanley Robinson has made a perfect book for explaining all of this without having it be ALL science. kudos to him. i hope he writes more!
The Mars series by Kim Stanley Robinson is one of my favorites, and Red Mars is, IMHO, the best book in the series.
This is the story not of the first manned expedition to Mars, but the first Mars colony. The beginning of the book (first few chapters) seems a little draggy, but it's the foundation for the rest of the character relationships, so it's worth listening to.
All in all, I highly recommend this series, and this book in particular.
Not as great as you may be lead to believe. Story line runs well for a time but about two thirds the way through it drags the chain so to speak. I'm giving it a rating of two and a half.
I dont know what to say it was a little long winded but all -N- all I really liked the whole book in fact I liked it well enough that I just bought the 2nd book ( Green Mars )Well thats all I have to say hope this helps you..... ;)
I read and listen to books as much as possible.
I love these books, I read them twice and downloaded all 3 at once, listened straight through.
At first I thought the guy sounded like the narrator on that movie Goodfellas.... it made me laugh.
These are the kind of books you need to read more than once if your interested in the science.
They make great audio books, if your on the road and listen to audio books a lot.
Its a toss up. With the book you can re-read sections at leisure where the audio book you must rewind and find the spot you want. As this book is big and full of quite a bit of political, social, and psychological sub-plots, I found it necessary to go back sometimes to refresh on a point.
The terraforming conflict coming to a head.
Humanities basic desire, freedom.
This is a long story and you must be a patient reader to get through it. It is well worth it.
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Well this goes without saying that when there is a series of books you must read all of them to get the story all in, mostly dont expect to get much out of the ending of this book because there are 2 more after it - That being said this is a great series of books that is somewhat "dated", there is old people sex in about 8-10 parts thought the 3 books so be prepared for that, its not described as "old people sex" but since everyone mostly is over 50 its strange - also latter people get a "treatment" that keeps them from dying but they still look like they are in there 60's or 70's! and they are having sex sometimes - and then there's the short fat Russian thats got to be nasty as ever but someone wants her and they talk about that also
This is a really long story thats about the transformation of Mars, go to the Google Mars site and you can see all the places they describe in the books
There is a problem and its that there is a main character named "Michele" a French Man and its pronounced "me-shell" not like the girls name Michelle "ma-shell" but the narrator gets it wrong in this book and the second one but its pronounced properly in the 3rd book, also in the 3rd book other names are pronounced differently then before ad well as locations - there is really no reason for this, there should have been someone listening to these and correcting the reader before it was final - but getting this name wrong is confusing as ever since you think its a girl sometimes
I started and stopped this book like 8 times over the last year since I got it, having things to do and not understanding the beginning that well, I am glad I decided to listen to it - the beginning describes the murder of a main character that you find out about latter and it is a really crappy thing to happen
but, yea, listen to these 3 books and you will probably love them
Listening to this book, I found myself wondering when the plot will climax. However, there is no climax. The book just goes on and on with no specific point. I highly recommend finding another book.