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John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' Audiobook
John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'
Written by: 
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Narrated by: 
Scott Brick
John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' Audiobook

John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars': Barsoom Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

Published in 1911, A Princess of Mars introduced a popular series of novels recounting John Carter's Martian exploits. Author Edgar Rice Burroughs, best known as the creator of Tarzan, employed a new style of writing that combined the genres of fantasy, adventure, and science fiction. His imaginative setting - an advanced but decaying civilization in which Olympian heroics play out against malevolent forces and ever-changing fortunes - endures as a timeless world, in which love, honor, and loyalty form the basis for fast-paced romantic adventures.

Public Domain (P)2012 Tantor

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    Kindle Customer 05-23-13

    Ben There

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    "great old story, easier to listen than read"
    Where does John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    middle of the pack.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I listened to it on a long drive and it made the time pass without really making my brain think too hard


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    since it's a story about a man, a hero, written in first person, it made it seem smoother, more real


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I actually listened to it in two sittings, 4 hours driving there, 4 hours driving back.


    Any additional comments?

    old stories like this I find easier to listen to than read. Must be that it uses a different part of the brain. Not as hard to stay focused on the outdated writing style. I have a lot of classics in my library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Atlanta, GA, United States 07-02-12
    Eric Atlanta, GA, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Can't Hollywood ever do it right?"

    After seeing the movie and being intrigued by the storyline, I had to get this book. I was not disappointed with this read. Sure there were places and parts that were a little too unbelieveable or dragged out, but the ending was a solid right hook that left me with a lump in my throat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Camarillo, CA, United States 05-16-12
    Matt Camarillo, CA, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Read"
    Would you try another book from Edgar Rice Burroughs and/or Scott Brick?

    I believe I will finish the series, good story overall. .


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration of Scoot Brick on this last book was less than great. He just came across as so apathetic; this isn’t the story of Eeyore on Mars. I could use a little bit of life brought to the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thiago Henrique Santos São Bernardo do Campo, SP 04-23-12
    Thiago Henrique Santos São Bernardo do Campo, SP 04-23-12
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    "Not that great, but very interesting."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yeap, time well-spent because the historical value of this novel.


    Would you recommend John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not to any friend. The plot is good and interesting but the text is as old as it should be. It actually requires some effort of the reader to accept the style of the text. Also, it's important to have in mind that originally A Princes of Mars was published in pulp magazines in a serialized fashion, which make the time span of the story a little convoluted.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator is not that good on this one. Sometimes I couldn't simple understand him, the fact that english is not my native language also doesn't help (altough I actually do understand english very well and had awesome experiences with others Audible books).


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yeap, already did.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anita Aloi 07-30-13
    Anita Aloi 07-30-13
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    "Good stoy - strange reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably not, because of the reader.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liked them equally.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Wow, did EVERY sentence in this book end with an explanation point .It made it difficult to listen to when the reader sounded like every word and sentence was going to end in an explosive action or comment.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I could only tolerate this reader for 20-30 minutes at a time. Too bad, the book and author are very good.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll keep my eyes out for this reader ,so I can avoid him .Sorry , Scott!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Bedsole 07-23-16
    R. Bedsole 07-23-16 Member Since 2004
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    "the Princess of Mars"

    a great and suspenseful book could hardly put it down the whole time that drove my wife and family are crazy.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-20-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-20-16 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "WILD ANIMALS AND WILDER MEN"

    The Thok Whisperer
    I can't believe I am going to say this, but Brick makes this a better book. I say that because I was once a Brick hater. I avoided his books for a couple of years. I think he has listened to all the criticism and has improved his work. This is my second review of this book at audible and the other narrator, I was not happy with. I have also read the book, but Brick is better.

    THEY HAVE NO LAWYERS
    I got a lot more out of the book this time and found it was a lot more complicated than I had originally thought. The world that Burroughs builds is exciting and creative. It had to be extremely exciting in the early 1900's. Yes, their is a lot of serendipity, things that just happen to go the way of the hero, things he over hears at the right time, etc. I would not let a modern writer get by with it, but this was a regular style of writing at the time.

    I READ THE MIND OF YOUR DEAD MEN
    There are a lot of different readings of this story and it is a classic. I would recommend this be the one you listen to.

    I HAVE SPOKEN

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    Kevin McKelvey 07-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Hard to believe this story is from 1911!"

    Princess of Mars might be a rather tame, run of the mill fantasy story in this day and age, but when taken in the context from when it was originally published, this story becomes all the better. Scott Brick does a terrific job narrating (as always) Burroughs grand tale of Martian love and warfare.

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    cuaastudent 07-01-16
    cuaastudent 07-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing listen!"

    I find it intriguing that this story was written in the early 1900's. This is the predecessor to modern sci-fi novels and it very entertaining. The speaker does an excellent job as well.

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    M. Chesapeake, VA, United States 05-25-16
    M. Chesapeake, VA, United States 05-25-16 Member Since 2013

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    "so much better then I thought!!!!"

    Really a good listen. So you park your probable - once the listen is underway who cares?! and get ready to be entertained!
    no wonder so many try to make this into a movie. makes for a great listen - a great story.
    throughly enjoyed this one! love, romance, war, discovery, adventure, what imagination for it's time.

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    Mickfield, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "An enjoyable 'Listen'"

    A highly enjoyable book. Totally different from the film but so much better! I went on to listen to the rest of the series. Highly recommended :o)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
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    "A classic for a reason!"

    A brilliantly gripping story. Ridiculously believable, well written and the Scott Brick does really well with the performance of a "Gentleman of Virginia". A wonderful melding of historic character traits and syfy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie Hardman
    United Kingdon
    5/3/16
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    "Great old fashioned Sci fi"

    I saw the movie that was based on this book a while back and despite the critics panning it I really quite enjoyed it so thought I would give the audio book a go. Very enjoyable listen and I really enjoyed the readers voice. Looking forward to seeing how the story progresses 8n the next book.

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