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A Princess of Mars | [Edgar Rice Burroughs]

A Princess of Mars

Ex-confederate army captain John Carter finds himself unwittingly transported to Mars, while fleeing Apache Indians. This new world is populated by a race of monstrous Martians, whose culture is based on the ability to fight for their race. John must fight for survival on this hostile planet...This is the first in Burroughs' 11-volume Mars series, a blend of sci-fi and romantic adventure.
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Audible Editor Reviews

A century after its serial publication in a magazine, this novel has found new popularity with the film "John Carter." Narrator Scott Brick brings to the production a wealth of experience with science fiction tales that have long explicatory passages and many battles. As the first-person narrator to whom John Carter told his story, Brick recounts the adventures of the hero, who starts out as a prospector in Arizona. When John Carter is pursued by Apaches, he takes refuge in a cave, is overcome by a gas, and wakes up on Mars. Once there, he becomes one of the green Martian horde, falls in love with a princess, and hurls himself from one exploit to another. Brick's introspective delivery adds dimension to this popular example of interplanetary pulp fiction.

Publisher's Summary

Ex-confederate army captain John Carter finds himself unwittingly transported to Mars, while fleeing Apache Indians. This new world is populated by a race of monstrous Martians, whose culture is based on the ability to fight for their race. Fortunately for John, the gravitational difference between Mars and Earth has endowed him with the strength that he will need for survival on this hostile planet. John Carter battles ferocious Martian creatures, but gains the respect and friendship of the Barsoomians. He also encounters the beautiful Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, and earns her everlasting devotion.

The first in Burroughs' 11-volume series of the adventures of John Carter. The Mars series is a blend of sci-fi and romantic adventure - and The Princess of Mars was Burroughs' first published work.

©2000 Tantor Media Incorporated

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    :J phoenix,AZ 06-06-09
    :J phoenix,AZ 06-06-09 Member Since 2010

    yojne efil look at everything

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    "A Princess of Mars"

    Edgar Rice Burroughs has always been one of my favorite authors. This entire series is worth listening too. :J

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    Robert 01-06-09
    Robert 01-06-09
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    "It's still a great adventure"

    It has seemed a shame to me that ERB spent so much of his time with Tarzan. Barsoom is much more fun to visit. The dialog that the author provides has always been stilted, artificial and hard to believe. I like the reader's use of the southern accent (which is right for John Carter of Virginia) it changes the spoken style to formal and cultured. It works. The action, in typical ERB style, has you in-trouble by the bottom of the first page and the action continues. I read these books when I was young and enjoyed them so much that I read them with my daughters and now have the pleasure over again with my grand children.

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    Michael Janesville, WI, USA 04-10-06
    Michael Janesville, WI, USA 04-10-06
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    "Pulp's best fiction"

    I have always heard a lot about ERB's Barsoom books but I never got around to reading them and now I don't have to. When I first started to listen to this book I was taken aback by the southern accent. I thought to myself "there is no way I can sit through 6 hours or so of this" but when I found out that the reader was reading in the character of John Carter I started to enjoy myself. Then when he did the voices of the martians in the choppy style sort of like he was a person comfortable with english but not his first language, I thought it was great. I think the story was really brought to life by this reader and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

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    Jeremy Ann Arbor, MI, USA 07-12-05
    Jeremy Ann Arbor, MI, USA 07-12-05
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    "Good Book, Poor Reader"

    Don't get me wrong, I really liked this book when I read it on my own--but I found it pretty difficult to be engaged by the reader's poor performance. The way he acts out the voices of the Martians--and the women in particular--is almost embarassing to listen to. I wish somebody with the acting chops to pull off John Carter and the cast of characters had recorded this...instead of this Dolen guy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Timberlake, NC, USA 08-13-03
    Paul Timberlake, NC, USA 08-13-03 Member Since 2007
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    "princess of mars"

    Very enjoyable tale, I listen on the way to work and found myself sitting in the parking lot not wanting to turn it off.

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    Craig 10-19-03
    Craig 10-19-03
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    "Narrator sets this audible book back"

    I had also read the entire Mars series when I was around 15
    I am afraid the southern accent and less than robust voice of the narrarator was not how I would imagine the main charactor to sound like. As a fan of the author, I would normaly give this audible book a rateing of 5 if not for this.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Glen Phipps Delray Beach, FL USA 12-31-02
    Glen Phipps Delray Beach, FL USA 12-31-02 Member Since 2002

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    "An annoying triumph of form over substance."

    Burrough's Mars novels may be my favorite escapist literature of all time. I was not prepared for a reading where the reader adopts a broad southern accent, I guess because John Carter is from Virginia. I would have much preferred a simple straightforward reading. The affected accent is very annoying and detracts from the enjoyment of the story.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Penfield, NY, USA 01-17-03
    Thomas Penfield, NY, USA 01-17-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Got to agree about the reading"

    OK. I was really looking forward to this as a great example of escapist fiction, but that accent, and I use the word advisedly, gets in the way of everything. It attracts attention to itself and hides the action in the text. Long drawn out vowels at the worst possible time. I'm disappointed. I won't be getting the rest of the series - unless another version becomes available. Oh well! Such is the way things are in the audio world, I guess.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Marietta, GA, USA 08-09-07
    Thomas Marietta, GA, USA 08-09-07
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    "Too Slow"

    The Martian series by Edgar Rice Burroughs is full of action and adventure. It should not be vocalized at a speed that is so slow that it would frustrate a 1st grader. I shouldn't give it any stars at all. Buying the download was a waste of time and money.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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