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Blue Mars | [Kim Stanley Robinson]

Blue 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.
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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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    04-10-12
    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 2009

    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 2004

    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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    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 05-28-09
    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 05-28-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Why was this so praised?"

    This is by far the best book in the series, but I still don't understand the critical acclaim for it. The parts that took place on earth were very interesting. Over all it was still an annoying soap opera that was hard to understand the scope of since everyone lived so long. I was also really annoyed about the sexualization of a tickle fight between a 150+ year old and a 5 year old. Why couldn't that be left to childhood fun? Why did a grownup perspective have to be put on it? There were a lot of things that I wondered why they were put in or done a certain way with this series, that was just the last.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne D. Johnson Mankato, MN USA 09-24-12
    Marianne D. Johnson Mankato, MN USA 09-24-12 Member Since 2008

    Gentlewoman

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    "I Don't Know Why I Finished It"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book (actually all of the books in the series) were WAY too detailed, so the plot barely plodded along.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm listening to "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob deZoet" now.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader's voice was pleasant, but his character voices weren't very distinct and voices he did for the women were awful.


    What character would you cut from Blue Mars?

    Mars


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert VILLA RICA, GA, USA 09-09-08
    Robert VILLA RICA, GA, USA 09-09-08
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    "Endless dribble!"

    Impressive amount of detail about a painfully dull story.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    preston manitowoc, WI, United States 10-22-12
    preston manitowoc, WI, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "watch out for nude sex scenes."

    great book! long in the tooth about politics at times. the couple of sexual scenes in the book,i feel,don't need to be there.

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    Julie Seiger Concord, NH United States 02-03-10
    Julie Seiger Concord, NH United States 02-03-10 Member Since 2005
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    "How To Create A worker's paradise on mars"

    This book was a complete waste of time, a soap box for the author to play house with a bunch of communists, using contrived dialog, situations and events to create a new version of the glorious October Revolution.

    The Soviet revolution ultimately failed, as does this novel.

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
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