Having read books or seen movies based on his books, and having read the summary of this book, I began to listen with great anticipation. However, one of the biggest dispponitments was the amount of time that was devoted to the characters in the opening portions of the book. That honestly could have been cut down to 1 1/2 to 2 hours and--I think--still would have given us enough info about the characters. I personally thought that 4 hours was *way* too much time. Yet once he got into the meat of the story, it was a fast and exciting ride. Some good edge of your seat moments.
I also agree with 2 points brought out in earlier reviews:
1) There was too much foul language in the story. I sometimes will listen to a book at work and I had to be very careful because I work in a place where the public can hear what I'm listening to.
I would like to see Audible institue a rating system or at least a warning as to content for those who may have a need to be concerned over such things.
2) And on a more positive note, I too thought that the narrator did and excellent job with voice characterization. Young Eric's, "It"s not fair!" is just how you would expect an 8 year old boy to sound.
I would have liked to have given the book 4 or 5 stars, but the language and the slow start have moved me to give it three.
If you don't have a problem with thw slow begining or the language, it's a pretty good book to listen to.
What can I say? The story is excellent, and, as has been stated by other reviewers, holds up well over time (I too read this book as a kid), and I believe that it's because of the qualities displayed by the characters. Qualities like: Loyalty, Bravery, Honor, Open-Mindedness and Love. Qualities that are seemingly on the decline in today's world. It's a story that will appeal to both men and women.
The only thing that detracted from my enjoyment of the story was the accent used by narrator John Bolen. This, I think was due more to the fact that when I "read" the first installment, "A Princess of Mars" (a very good story as well), was narrated by Dennis McKee. So the difference in narrators may have colored my impressions regarding Bolen as reader, because we tend to like the first person used for a story, and any subsequent readers (in the same story line) bother us because their style of reading is different.
Therefore, I recommend that if you want a good story that gets you involved and rooting for the hero, the 'Mars' series is a good place to start.
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