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
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.
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.
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.
The book (actually all of the books in the series) were WAY too detailed, so the plot barely plodded along.
I'm listening to "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob deZoet" now.
The reader's voice was pleasant, but his character voices weren't very distinct and voices he did for the women were awful.
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.
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