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John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars': Barsoom Series, Book 1 | [Edgar Rice Burroughs]

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

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.
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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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    Gregory MD 03-02-14
    Gregory MD 03-02-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Movie is better"

    The story was good and I like the narration. I read this book after I saw the movie. While there are a significant amount of similarities, the movie actually alters the story line a bit that explains some things that were glossed over and not clarified in the book. While it is not true very often, I actually liked the movie better.

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    Luke Verdun, QC, Canada 12-07-13
    Luke Verdun, QC, Canada 12-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A pleasing voice that doesn't overplay the part"

    I really enjoyed this version of the book, the reading what pleasing to the ear. I listened to the excerpts of other readings of this book, and I felt put off by the (probably) fake Southern accents being used for the title character. Some didn't fall into the trap, but they don't continue on into the series as yet, and I prefer to stay with the same narrator if possible.

    For this book, I feel that Scott Brick did a wonderful job. Some people have decried his reading as monotonous, but I would characterize it as plain and calm, until we get to a point in the book where action or drama is taking place. At those moments his voice changes pitch and he begins to speak more forcefully, making the moment more poignant and exciting.

    As for the story, it is what it is. Pulp fiction with a message the author wanted to send to his audience. I felt that quite a few of the events were stretching the credulity of the reader and were just a bit too convenient, but it was a gripping tale and kept me gripped to the end, excited for the next book.

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    Hank Fort smith, AR, United States 10-29-13
    Hank Fort smith, AR, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2013

    I travel the country setting up at comic, toy, sci-fi, and horror conventions. Audiobooks help with the travels.

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    "This narrator matched the writing"
    What did you love best about John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'?

    This is who superman is based off of. Well written and narratered


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course john carter who else?


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Been a fan of his since the dune saga


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Enjoyment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. Drechsel Spokane, WA 09-17-13
    B. Drechsel Spokane, WA 09-17-13 Member Since 2012

    -- Ben

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    "I loved this story beginning to end"
    What did you love best about John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'?

    Honorable lead character, an Earth-to-Mars and back again tale. Heavy on exploration, discovery, and bold actions taken in the name of true love & justice! :D


    What did you like best about this story?

    Between the writing and excellent performance, I felt as though I had been transported to the red planet, nearly as completely as Mr. Carter himself.

    Exploration; of a entirely new world, revealed in both macro and micro scale to the reader.
    Battles; both personal hand-to-hand, and on an epic scale.
    Friendship, love, and justice; while the characters besides Carter are not particularly deep, there is a wide variety, and a certain honesty to be found in all of them.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    The lead, John Carter, though Scott Brick can do no wrong :)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Edge of my seat, I absolutely devoured this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hapachick New York, NY United States 09-15-13
    Hapachick New York, NY United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "terrible narration"

    Narrator puts me to sleep every time. Has repetitive cadence and unnatural way of emphasizing words.

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    Anita Aloi CALABASH, NORTH CAROLINA, US 07-30-13
    Anita Aloi CALABASH, NORTH CAROLINA, US 07-30-13 Member Since 2010
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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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nou Midlothian, TX, United States 07-11-13
    Nou Midlothian, TX, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2011

    As much as I love music, I'd rather listen to a book. I love being taken far far away while doing everything.

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    "Awesome!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I started to listen after I saw the movie. I wanted more information. Love this book!!! I was a little skeptical of Scott Brick at first because I haven't heard him before, but he moves the story so much better than all the other samples I listened to.

    I love the love hate relationship between all the characters. I have to listen to the rest of the series!

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    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 05-25-13
    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 05-25-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Clasic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It kept my interest from start to finish, and I plan to get the next book in the series.


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    L. Jennings USA 05-23-13
    L. Jennings USA 05-23-13 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    Karen Silvera Browns Mills, NJ United States 05-20-13
    Karen Silvera Browns Mills, NJ United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The original better than the movie"
    If you could sum up John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, thrilling, otherworldly


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tars Tarkas


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I do not want to give anything away.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh, hold my breath, and to get more of the series


    Any additional comments?

    The 1st book of many written in the early 1900s. It is amazing that the author had so many insights on the devices of the future (present day). It is also amazing how many of today's authors are impacted by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This story wasa fun and enjoyable listen during my drive to and from work.

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