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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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    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 05-25-13
    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 05-25-13 Member Since 2012
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    Karen Silvera 05-20-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erich 04-25-13
    Erich 04-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of my top three books of all time"
    What made the experience of listening to John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is superb and really sells the characters well. The story itself is the quintessential hero story and demonstrates the characteristics of a classic true hero, not the popular modern anti-hero that has become so prevalent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely the main character: John Carter. Unlike the "hero" in so many modern stories, John Carter represents traits that are ideals. He is painted as the hero that people should want to aspire to be and I find that very refreshing and inspiring.


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

    again, John Carter. Scott just sells the confidence and self-awareness that seems so central to the character.


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

    many many. The fact that the ending had me yelling "Noooo!" in my car really speaks to the writing ability of Burroughs. I simply HAD to get the next book in the series immediately and learn what happened next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan BELLEVILLE, IL, United States 03-24-13
    Nathan BELLEVILLE, IL, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Way Ahead of it's Time"
    What made the experience of listening to John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' the most enjoyable?

    Just the crazy creative aspects of it


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'?

    Probably his first experiences on Mars


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

    Obviously John Carter


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

    I loved it


    Any additional comments?

    This was so radical for it's time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daddy Shawn La Verne, CA, United States 03-11-13
    Daddy Shawn La Verne, CA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2011

    Writer & daddy.

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    "Didn't feel outdated in the least. Great narratio"
    If you could sum up John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' in three words, what would they be?

    Action adventure that's both fun and exciting.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I can't remember if I'd heard Scott before, but his narration on A Princess of Mars is spot on. Perfect for this book. I hope to get the entire series with him reading. Definitely recommend this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Fresno, CA, United States 02-21-13
    Ruth Fresno, CA, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2012

    I am 57 year old love scifi and I can get lost just listening to my books.

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    "Best ever!"
    Would you listen to John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' again? Why?

    Saw the movie so I desighted to get the book. Best book that I have heared I can not get enough So I started reading all the John Carter books So far I am at #5. I hope they make the movies on these books Can not wait to see them. I highly recommend these books to hear or read See you on Barsoom.


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When John Carter gets to be with his Princess.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wallace Greenacres, Fl, United States 01-23-13
    Wallace Greenacres, Fl, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A great reading of a great book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I am a long time fan of ERB and have hoped over the years for more audio versions of his books. I had listened to an earlier version, however when I saw that Scott Brick had recorded another version of the Martian Trilogy, I couldn't resist listening again. I wasn't sorry.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Carter, it's all about him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them!!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A movie had been made and butchered. Should have titled the movie same as the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is great Sci-fi and I enjoyed it as much as I had 70 years ago in book form.

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    Glen Phipps Delray Beach, FL USA 01-07-13
    Glen Phipps Delray Beach, FL USA 01-07-13 Member Since 2002

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    "AT LAST!!!!!!!"

    This is the third time I have purchased A Princess Of Mars from Audible. Finally, something worth listening to! Thanky you Tantor Media for finally hiring a good reader.

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    Sandra TAFT, CA, United States 12-28-12
    Sandra TAFT, CA, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty Good"

    I chose this production of the book because of the reviews of other readers. I think Scott Brick did a very good job. I've listened to samples of some of the other readers some of them are abysmal.

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