When tough-talking biker babe Jane Carver accidentally deals a death blow to the unfortunate guy who gropes her outside a California biker bar, she makes a run for it - and wakes up naked on an alien planet called Waar. Thus begins Nathan Long's Jane Carver of Waar: Waar, Book 1, a hilarious satire on the ribald, retro space fantasies of the 20th century. Soon, Jane's hopelessly wrapped up in bizarre adventures on this planet of sky-pirates and gladiators, including a bid to help a fallen nobleman win back his sexy space princess. Listeners will be bewitched by actress Dina Pearlman's portrayal of Jane, whose Marlboro-cured voice and confident panache makes her swashbuckling space adventures a delightful listen.
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Jane Carver is nobody's idea of a space princess. A hard-ridin', hard-lovin' biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time - and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she's ever known. Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger men, sky pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a bloodthirsty code of honor and chivalry. Caught up in a disgraced nobleman's quest to win back the hand of a sexy alien princess, Jane encounters bizarre wonders and dangers unlike anything she ever ran into back home. Then again, Waar has never seen anyone like Jane before.
Both a loving tribute and a scathing parody of the swashbuckling space fantasies of yore, Jane Carver of Waar introduces an unforgettable new science-fiction heroine. Nathan Long is a screen and prose writer with two movies, a Saturday-morning adventure series, and several TV episodes to his name. His official website is www.sabrepunk.com.
©2012 Nathan Long (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
1 Star -- Terrible 2 Stars -- Bad 3 Stars -- Mediocre 4 Stars -- Great to the right person. 5 Stars -- Superb, you must pick this up.
A decent book. Because it was just a decent book, I'm having trouble reviewing it, while there isn't anything particularly bad about it, there isn't anything particularly notable about it.
The book starts out very similarly to Princess of Mars, but quickly starts varying. From then on the book is just a fluff read that you can read or listen to while doing other stuff and looking for your next book. What the tin says, you get: a foul-mouthed (seriously why do reviewers complain about the language? What did they expect after reading the publisher's summary?) biker chick roaming and messing around with everything that is holy and acceptable in a barbaric new world.
In regards to this soundtrack version: I really like the idea behind it and it was fairly decent in execution. Most of the time I didn't even notice the soundtrack, but when I did, I felt it was a nice touch. Other books would benefit more from soundtrack editions than this one, so I hope more are produced.
So if that sounds like what you want, then pick this book up.
The author uses horrible descriptions for things like "hungry as damn"...what is that supposed to mean? The situations that are thrust upon Jane and how she handles these situations are unbelievable. The author does not make anything in the story even half way believable and I find that I don't really care what happens to her. Cuss words are thrown in willy-nilly in what I think is an attempt to make her seem more "bad-ass" however it does the exact opposite. It reminds me of Will Smith's character in I, Robot where he tells Shia LaBeouf to stop cussing because he's bad it! The poor story along with the awful accompaniment of the so called soundtrack further makes this book extremely difficult to endure.
The sound track addition may not have been so horrid if the sound was playing at the same time the words were being spoken. Instead you got a “she could hear the motorcycles approaching her” then you got a motorcycle sound. The same thing happened for each whoop, yell, clang of metal or battle sound. Play the sound at the time the narrator is speaking the words not after as it seems like the sounds were placed there as a “see…I TOLD you they were coming closer”.
I left this book unfinished and I really don't care how Jane's future played out and will never pick it back up to complete it either!
It was a great story! The sound track only made it more exciting. I didn't pick this book for myself and I probably never would have, and had very low expectations for it but it was awesome! Such a good story and easy listen, made it very hard to turn off!
To claim that this is something that Edgar Rice Burroughs would have written today and an insult to his memory.
No matter who the character it there is no excuse for the amount of swearing and sex that is contained in this book.
When the cover said it was similar to Mr. Burroughs work I had hoped this was something I could have let my children read. That will never happen. I had to cringe often just to get through the book.
The store was very similar to 'John Carter of Mars' and that was disappointing. But the store was reasonable and I did finish listening to it. But it would have been much more enjoyable without all of the swearing and sex.
The soundtrack and sound effects were distracting especially since I listen to all stories at 1.5x to 2.0x speed.
I probably wouldn't namely because I think that my odds of finding something remarkable would be better if I sought something new.
The story is definitely done in the classic adventure mold with strong references to "Princess of Mars" (at least that portion of the book that I've read). There are some standout scenes and clever turns (that in retrospect I should have seen coming). It kept me entertained.
There are some downsides though. One is the constant theme of society's double standard with how it regards identical behavior from men and women. I feel that it would have been more effective to use it once or twice. The other is the soundtrack. It is fortunately mostly absent, but I feel that it largely doesn't help when it appears. Conversely, sound-effects were used much more liberally and with more refinement and customization could have been something. I think the sound-effects were unfortunately limited to a set sound library though.
Enjoyed listening. The background noises were distracting. Definately not one to listen to with kids in the car. At first I wasn't sure I could finish, but glad I did. This book is more of an acquired taste. It was very rude and crude at times.
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