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
Love 18th/19th C. classics; mysteries from Christie, Sayers, Marsh, Hammett, Chandler, Crispin, Collins; and Heyer and Pratchett,
I've had this book in my Audible library for sometime, but just can't seem to get through it. The story itself is engaging, but it's the narration that holds me back.
Capturing and exciting! The world of Mars is brought to life in a tale of love and war that journeys the listener to a dream of the courage and nobility of man. An ablsolute must for any library.
I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.
Great SiFI Storry
Good at difference character voices.
Surprisingly good science fiction for over 100 years old. Good character development and really great passion and emotion.
Repeatedly. The voice narrative was really balanced between the emotion and intelligence of all the storyline characters; even Woola
John Carter is a strategist. He acts and reacts with precision.
Haven't listened to any of Scott Brick's other performances but I would love to . . .
When Tars Tarkas decreed Sarkoja final ultimatum and her response. . . .
Love John Carter and will definitely be continuing my journey with him on Audible. . . .
I love reading positive stories about men from the American South. The story renews in my breast of something of long ago. I will return to be reunited with the faithful and loving Woola who I will always hold dear.
It was Woola --- faithful and loving Woola finding his way back to Thark and going immediately to John Carter's quarters where her had taken his sad seemingly hopeless watch for the Virginians return. His wait was not in vain. Be still my heart.
Mr.Brick is my lighthouse. His voice shines day and night providing passage. His light emits a phantasmagoria, a constantly shifting complex succession of things seen or imagined .
I enjoyed my time on Barsoom. I found it hard to leave Mars.
Thank you for a wonderful experience. I will return to be with loving Woola.
IT is my career.....Technology is my passion.....Gaming is my relief.....The outdoors is my escape
John Carter as he is the sole primary character
This was my first Scott Brick performance. I've now heard all three of his Barsoom books and feel that he does a great job for this type of book. The many different species are all given a specific voice type.
Hard to put down would be the term for the written novel. I listened in about 2-3 hour spurts and was engaged through most of it.
I picked up this book because of how much I liked the movie. Forget the movie. The book is much better and Scott Brick's performance is very well done
There are many points I'd like to make in this review.
- For being a book written in the early 1900's, the "sci-fi" was great. Such imagination and quite descriptive to actually provide a picture in the readers head.
- Normally I read a book before watching a movie, and even then I approach both without prejudice to the other. However, in this case, I thought the movie was much better. I believe my reasoning is in the fact that the movie gets to the next big points of the story that much quicker. Still a decent read, although I might not continue on in the series.
- John Carter himself was amazing, as well as a few of his supporting characters. Edgar Rice Burroughs portrays John as loyal, fierce, determined, and a respectful man. In other words, he makes him the perfect package complete with looks, strength, and attitude. Which definitely made it worthwhile.
A day without sunshine is like, well, night.
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.
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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