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"As an Earth man who inexplicably fond himself transported to Mars, John Carter became the archetypical fantasy-adventure protagonist. With duty and honor as his basic motivating principles, he bravely plunged headlong into one exciting adventure after another....Sword fights and princess-saving were his specialities." (Nick Evangelista, The Encyclopedia of the Sword)
I thought the book was excellent, as long as you immediately "suspend your disbelief." I also thought the narration was very good - not over dramatic, but that's the way I like audio books - intelligently read but not "acted out."
These are books, not stage plays, and I like to be able to "create" the characters in my mind, just like I do with the printed word. To each his own, I guess.
Jim Killavey didn't work as a narrator for me. I felt like he was reading a text book.
I loved this series as a teenager, so when I saw it at audible I decided to listen for old times sake. Unfortunately the reader was doing just that Reading, there was no inflection in his voice. Bland, Bland, Bland. This could have been an amazing read, but instead fell flat. I would love to hear this story read by someone who can really bring it to life.
I hate writing relatively negative reviews when the only reason why I have a problem with the release is the narrator. If I were just reviewing the books' contents, I'd give it a much higher score.
Due to the robotic and almost hard-to-listen-to narrator, I highly recommend that you find another release of this book. I've already paid for this version so I'm going to power through but it's not very easy... :(
classic old sci-fi
It was an enjoyable escapist tale and a bit of science fiction history. Many of Burroughs' twists and story points become tropes that other authors use. While some of the story may seem contrived or trite, it is mostly because we've seen the tales inspired by Burroughs hundreds of times. It was enjoyable to see where it all came from.
The narration was flat and un-inflected. I don't expect everyone to be as talented and exciting to listen to as Jim Dodge's rendition of the Potter books, but this narration was the audio equivalent of poorly washed salad. The salad is still ok, but every once in a while you get grit in your teeth.
A adventure too big for just one world.
Listen to A Princess of Mars. If you have access to a better narration, grab him, otherwise, just go with the flow, and alongside the story imagine how you might narrate it better.
No, the story is ok. With a good narrator the book would be much better.
No, I know there are good Sci-Fi books, theres always the chance of a miss.
No voice modulation or character in his voice.
It will be made into a movie, its set to release sometime this March.
The narration of this audiobook is awful. Not dynamic at all, might as well be listening to a textbook read aloud.
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