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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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    Ken laurel, MD, USA 06-02-03
    Ken laurel, MD, USA 06-02-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellence"

    As a longtime fan of rich and amazing imagination of Edgar Rice Burroughs, I nearly fell over myself when I saw that the Barsoom (Mars) series was available to the fifth title--A_Princess_of_Mars being the first of the series. I promptly bought it when I began my subscription at Audible. John Bolen is a very good reader. Other reviewers have complained of his affection of the Southern accent, but that is wrong. The character, John Carter, is a Virginian and so the accent is flavor. The reader affects several voices for the book's characters and is clear and distinct with them all. He is also clear in his readings; so much so that I was able to listen without strain. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading and this recording gave me a new dimension in this, one of my most favored stories.

    A_Princess_of_Mars is a unique story written in a time when our unknowns were more tangible and the world was simpler. Burroughs paints a magnificent romance about the planet Mars rich with many denizens and full of high adventure.

    It is a magnificent story and one for all ages.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Neshanic Station, NJ, United States 01-24-03
    Derek Neshanic Station, NJ, United States 01-24-03 Member Since 2002
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    "A princess of a story"

    I read this series when I was twelve and very much enjoyed experiencing this story again. It is a fine production and the narrator fits the part perfectly. Escapism to a simple, romantic throwback story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy North Hollywood, CA, USA 03-12-04
    Jeremy North Hollywood, CA, USA 03-12-04
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    "Narration"

    I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the narrator. He lends a texture and richness to the character that did nothing but contribute to these, the very beginnings of space opera. I can't wait to hear the rest!

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    Elizabeth Green Lane, PA, USA 11-26-03
    Elizabeth Green Lane, PA, USA 11-26-03
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    "Excellent."

    Engrossing and fun. Space Opera at its best delivered with southern charm.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David greenville, TX, USA 11-17-03
    David greenville, TX, USA 11-17-03
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    "Great story"

    I loved the books I have been able to hear so far. What I want to know is when will the rest of the series be available???

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    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 02-20-07
    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 02-20-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Full of wonder and surprise."

    A lifelong science-fiction fan, I had never been exposed to the John Carter series until I downloaded this audiobook. Wow, what a beautiful surprise it was, and I immediately purchased all the other audiobooks available in the Carter series. Bolen's "southern gentleman" narration takes some getting used to at first but soon becomes addictive and even comforting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andy athens, GA, USA 01-26-04
    Andy athens, GA, USA 01-26-04 Member Since 2003
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    "ahhhh ... the wonders of barsoom!!!!!"

    i can't express how thrilled i was to find erb's martian series available on audio. i first became familiar with john carter when i was 15 (1966). i devoured every book in the series and i found the memories and excitement of my youth was renewed as i listened with rapt attention to the story of my long lost hero!!!! i have read other reviews critizing the reader. while i admit he is no ed herman or james earl jones, none the less i found the story was as wonderous and perhaps more so than when i was 15. i was listening to the story during the time the mars rover was sending back it's first pictures. i wouldn't have been surprised at all to see tars tarkas on a thoat ride past, or to see the airships of helium in the distance. in a time where movies such as star wars and lord of the rings overpower people with visual effects, the simplicity of this story allows my mind to create the background of the story. i smiled as i recalled the images of the story i created when i was 15. i could even see my room in the ole homestead where i first encountered dotar sojat! i gave the cd's to a friend of mine at church who has young boys that love star wars and lord of the rings. he smiled, said he didn't like the reader, but that the story was awesome!!

    i whole heartedly recommend the martian series to you .... listen to these 5 and then head off to your local barnes and noble and get the rest. you won't be dissapointed!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph W. Glenn Atlanta, Georgia 02-28-12
    Joseph W. Glenn Atlanta, Georgia 02-28-12 Member Since 2005

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    "A fake Southern Accent."

    Mr. Bolen's attempt at a southern accent detracts greatly form this version of a Princess of Mars. After awhile it truly grates on the ears of a southerner born and bred.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Alexandria, VA, United States 02-20-12
    Amazon Customer Alexandria, VA, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2001
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    "One of the first books I bought..."

    Here at Audible, I have to say it was a great story, but bad voice talent. It took me a week to get through a 6 hour book. I can't say how greatful I was when a new reading was released in conjunction with the forth coming movie. If you want to listen to this book buy the new version you will ultimintly have a better listening experience.

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    :J phoenix,AZ 06-06-09
    :J phoenix,AZ 06-06-09 Member Since 2005

    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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