Scott Brick's narration is what made listening to this book a pleasure. I'd not head of John Carter before. In fact, I'd not heard of Edgar Rice Burroughs before, ignorant as I was. John Carter is a rollicking fantasy rather than a serious and plausible science fiction. It is true that there are some serious flaws in the plot but I didn't find them to be of character for the book. At times, I found myself thinking that the story is particularly suited for younger readers. However, what really won me over was Scott Brick's narration. He has a superbly modulated voice for narration and understands well the importance of metering his performance to give emotion to words read.
John Carter is more a children's book than anything else and with that in mind I don't think I would change any element of it. Yes, there are some serious flaws in the plot, such as falling asleep in a cave and waking up on Mars but I saw it as a story of pure fantasy and it worked. Perhaps the aspect of the book I would change is the balance between John's Carter's successes and failures. I found it became predictable that he would win all of the time - whether on the battlefield or the hearts of the fairer sex of Barsoom. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the plot more if I could not easily predict the outcome of each chapter.
Yes, he does. As with any good narrater it all about the delivery. His voice modulation and meter were superbly controlled throughout the entire book (circa 6 hours).
Yes, I am looking forward to seeing this film. I will leave any logical analysis at the cinema door before taking my seat and enjoy it for what it is - a bit of fun.
For me, it was the cast who performed all of the different characters.
Where do I begin? There are too many. I particularly liked the scene in the 3rd Part where Paul invites the emperor and his entourage to meet. In this scene Paul kills Feyd-Rautha.
Probably Stilgar. I liked the narrators performance as I thought he did well to instill a sense of dignity into his voice.
There are too many to name.
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