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  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars': Barsoom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (653)

    Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

    Robert says: "Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!"
    "Another great production by Scott Brick!"
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    Would you try another book from Edgar Rice Burroughs and/or Scott Brick?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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).


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


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  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9161)
    Performance
    (4867)
    Story
    (4937)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "An excellent performance of a classic"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dune the most enjoyable?

    For me, it was the cast who performed all of the different characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dune?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Probably Stilgar. I liked the narrators performance as I thought he did well to instill a sense of dignity into his voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are too many to name.


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