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Blue Mars Audiobook
Blue Mars
Written by: 
Kim Stanley Robinson
Narrated by: 
Richard Ferrone
Blue Mars Audiobook

Blue Mars

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed visionary author Kim Stanley Robinson is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winner. Blue Mars is the final volume in Robinson's seminal science-fiction trilogy, which began with Red Mars and continues with Green Mars.

The once red and barren terrain of Mars is now green and rich with life - plant, animal, and human. But idyllic Mars is in a state of political upheaval, plagued by violent conflict between those who would keep the planet green and those who want to return it to a desert world.

Meanwhile, across the void of space, old, tired Earth spins on its decaying axis. A natural disaster threatens to drown the already far too polluted and overcrowded planet. The people of Earth are getting desperate. Maybe desperate enough to wage interplanetary war for the chance to begin again.

Blue Mars is a complex and completely enthralling saga - as convincing and lushly imagined a future as anyone has ever dreamed. Richard Ferrone narrates this sweeping epic with engaging personality and finesse.

©1996 Kim Stanley Robinson; (P)2002 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1997

"Robinson's achievement here is on a par with Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and Herbert's Dune." (Publishers Weekly)
"A well-written, thoughtful conclusion to the trilogy." (Library Journal)

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    Phillip Lino Lakes, MN, United States 10-01-13
    Phillip Lino Lakes, MN, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A fine end to a good series"

    As is the previous 2 books, Ferrone's performance has no emotion or enthusiasm. The only real problem with this book is when it jumps forward in time, it doesn't tell you the date. It covers over a century, jumping decades at a time, without tell the reader/listener where you are.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    susan 04-10-12
    susan 04-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Long-Tedious exploration of terra-formed Mars."

    This is a very long and difficult listen. It does bring the story of the colonization of Mars to an end, but it seems to take two lifetimes (with gerantological treatments) to get through it...wonderful for insomniacs, but would not recommend this as a listen whilst driving...sleep potential through the endless descriptions and narrations is just too big a risk!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Detroit 08-13-11
    Colin Detroit 08-13-11 Member Since 2015

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "The end of a great adventure"

    Well the story that started in Red Mars and continued in Green Mars is now ending with Blue Mars, its a great ending but there could have been more and maybe one day another book is written that follows up where this one left off

    Everything is totally changed and people no longer have to wear space suites to go outside, soon they will be able to breath the air with the aid of a mask to filter out CO2, and latter without one

    I said in the other reviews that these books are "dated" and they are but this one is more normalish

    there is major problem with sci-fi books written before the internet was invented, many authors just miss this totally and there is no mention of a data base that can be accessed - this is missing that sorta, they have wrist devices that have cameras and can communicate but they are lacking what the internet is and can be in the future

    But do listen to these 3 books because they are great, I say do it before they get much older and become really "dated"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Beck United States 07-05-08
    Daniel Beck United States 07-05-08 Member Since 2015

    Bachelor Chef and Mathematician. I don't bother with books shorter than 20 hours, not worth the effort.

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    "good series"

    This is a pretty darn good series, though a bit preachy, it has a good story line and it is told in a fresh manner. The only suggestion I have is that the narrator purchase a dictionary so that when a word he is ineasy with can be pronounced correctly.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Claire 03-18-16
    Claire 03-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The reader just gets better"

    A worthwhile continuation of the saga with some satisfying emotional political and relational conclusions - the reader really captures the different personalities as they age and reliably reports all the science bits as well, this time exploring some interesting applications of quantum mechanics as well as the biology geology and physics of previous books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juris Ahn 03-11-16
    Juris Ahn 03-11-16

    dr concrescence

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    "the best of three"

    should be required reading for every civics class. simply astonishing! stands up well even with all the tech changes, because of its humanity. Genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura G. WA 09-10-15
    Laura G. WA 09-10-15 Member Since 2014

    Mrs. G.

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    "Not The Best of The Series"

    I was disappointed in how Kim Stanley Robinson made such a big leap in the timeline and took too much of the story off Mars. Also, there was too much repetition of sailing on Mars' ocean. This was boring for me. And I hated the fact that we never learn what happened to Hiroko! That was an unsolved mystery!

    The most interesting part to me was Sax's attempt to discover the reasons for the memory problems of the elderly whose lives had been so greatly lengthened by the gerontological treatments. I also enjoyed following the evolution of Sax's relationship with Ann.

    Lastly, I didn't like the way the story ended. All in all, I got the impression that Robinson had run out of ideas for this third book of the Mars series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel 09-06-15
    Nathaniel 09-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Too long but awesome"

    If you have read the first two you have to have this one. I am a huge fan of the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia M. Mansson USA 08-20-15 Member Since 2012

    Patti

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    "Dissappointed"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I bought the series on a recommendation of a good friend who's recommendations I usually love but I did not like this one no matter how hard I tried!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am shopping now, I am loving the Goldfinch and am not sure what to follow it with!


    Did Richard Ferrone do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes.


    Do you think Blue Mars needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I did not read enough to know!


    Any additional comments?

    It upsets me when I do not like a book or series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer McDonough, ga United States 02-26-15
    Amazon Customer McDonough, ga United States 02-26-15

    ChaseMel

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    "Boring."

    A story that spans about a century in which not much seems to happen. Disappointing end to the series. Sigh

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    "strong woman"

    it is interesting that how all the leaders are women with a suporter passionate man :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    7/22/15
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    "An absolute must for any Sci-Fi Fan!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, the Third installment of the Mars Trilogy didn't disappoint me at all.

    This book has also aged remarkably well, with technology which is still as relevant and is looking ever more probably.

    The Story was evoking and had me completely enthralled.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Mars?

    I enjoyed the continued development of Mars in terms of Terra-forming, Ecology & Society. It was exciting to read about the increasingly distant relationship between Earth and Mars and the shifting balance of power in the Solar System.


    What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Richard Ferrone gave an outstanding performance, with clear distinction between characters and a real sense of passion in the delivery.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Evolutionary & Revolutionary Mars


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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