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
"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)
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.
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!!
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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"
Bachelor Chef and Mathematician. I don't bother with books shorter than 20 hours, not worth the effort.
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.
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.
should be required reading for every civics class. simply astonishing! stands up well even with all the tech changes, because of its humanity. Genius.
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.
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!
I am shopping now, I am loving the Goldfinch and am not sure what to follow it with!
I did not read enough to know!
It upsets me when I do not like a book or series!
"An absolute must for any Sci-Fi Fan!"
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.
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.
Richard Ferrone gave an outstanding performance, with clear distinction between characters and a real sense of passion in the delivery.
Evolutionary & Revolutionary Mars
Well worth a read
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