We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
A Princess of Mars: Mars Series #1 | [Edgar Rice Burroughs]

A Princess of Mars: Mars Series #1

A young Arizona prospector, chased by Indians, takes refuge in a mysterious cave. A strange gas paralyzes him. His spirit leaves his body and travels to Mars where he becomes a warrior.
Regular Price:$13.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

A young Arizona prospector, chased by Indians, takes refuge in a mysterious cave. A strange gas paralyzes him. His spirit leaves his body and travels to Mars where he becomes a warrior.

©1912 Frank A. Munsey Company; (P)2004 Books in Motion

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (126 )
5 star
 (53)
4 star
 (42)
3 star
 (20)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.1 (86 )
5 star
 (36)
4 star
 (25)
3 star
 (20)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.0 (83 )
5 star
 (34)
4 star
 (27)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Carol Massachusetts 10-29-11
    Carol Massachusetts 10-29-11 Member Since 2010

    Classical history buff, but find most of history fascinating. Love books, ballet, and basketball.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    661
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    197
    91
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    87
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Classic of Action Fantasy"

    This isn't science fiction, since there's absolutely no scientific basis for any aspect of the story--the space travel, the physiology of some of the alien races, the ability of a human being to produce offspring with a humanoid whose reproductive process involves laying and incubating eggs (but it was written in 1917, so I'll cut it some slack on its lack of genetic verisimilitude).

    Despite some silliness in the underlying premise, once Our Hero arrives on Mars, the sociology, technology, and theology of "Barsoom" that is revealed over the course of this and the next two books of the trilogy ("Gods of Mars," "Warlord of Mars") is fascinating, and a great example of what I believe fantasy authors today call "world building." As sheer fantasy/adventure, this Burroughs trilogy, like the more famous Tarzan series, is a prototype. John Carter, southern gentleman and adventurer in the post-Civil war era, is an Indiana Jones type, and if his mode of transport to Mars is not particularly realistic, it is certainly dramatic.

    This book is, as mentioned, the first of a trilogy. "Princess" and "Gods" both have good old-fashioned cliffhanger endings, with everything wrapping up in"Warlord." Other titles in the series are spinoffs.

    There are several narrations of this book available on Audible, and I sampled all of them before choosing Jack Sondericker's. He did a splendid job, and I'm sorry he didn't narrate the other two books. I note he narrates the "Left Behind" series and a number of Westerns; those who listen to "Princess" will probably see some logic in this.




    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mike newnan, GA, USA 04-19-09
    Mike newnan, GA, USA 04-19-09 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    26
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Read the Entire Series"

    The Mars Series is the father of most modern science fiction writers. You will see Star Wars, Star Trek, and Stargate throughout the series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Eric Maine, USA 04-14-12
    Eric Maine, USA 04-14-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    25
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    100
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enthralling story, dreadful recording"

    Overall, this is an excellent book, and I intend to enjoy the entire series. The book itself is very well written. Others have commented on Edgar Rice Burroughs' "flowery" language, and I definitely agree. Listeners have to understand that this book is almost 100 years old, and yes language has changed somewhat in those years. This only adds to the story.

    Jack Sondericker offered a good performance, and was a good narrator for John Carter, although there are regular unnecessary mid-sentence hesitations in the narration (you'll see what I mean). Audio quality is an issue: it sounds like it was recorded on a 1980's Sony Walkman. The production team has done a commendable job of remastering the audio and reducing clicks and distortions, but it's still very poorly recorded. However, it doesn't detract from the book too heavily.

    From what I've read of the other reviews, I'm glad I bought this version instead of the others.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer Phoenixville, PA, United States 03-26-12
    Jennifer Phoenixville, PA, United States 03-26-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The original Cowboys & Aliens"
    If you could sum up A Princess of Mars in three words, what would they be?

    Old-school science fiction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved Burroughs' creativity and his ability to create a clear picture of something completely otherworldly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I listened during every spare moment!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    PAUL RYAN Mountain View, Ca., US 03-05-12
    PAUL RYAN Mountain View, Ca., US 03-05-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "well read and entertaining, interest story line"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Princess of Mars to be better than the print version?

    I would say that the audio is on par with the book....but I think that is subject to a very individualistic view.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the overall premise and the well thought out world of, and life on Mars.


    What about Jack Sondericker’s performance did you like?

    very well done, the best of the readers that I've heard in the Mars series


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A story that is out of this world


    Any additional comments?

    enjoy..... I did. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anthony doral, FL, United States 01-02-12
    Anthony doral, FL, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    21
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    228
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great story, slow reading"
    Where does A Princess of Mars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is a interesting story. I found the reading a bit slow and thus made it hard for me to stay focused. overall, worth the credit!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-6 of 6 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.