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.
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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.
I travel the country setting up at comic, toy, sci-fi, and horror conventions. Audiobooks help with the travels.
This is who superman is based off of. Well written and narratered
Of course john carter who else?
Been a fan of his since the dune saga
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
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.
The lead, John Carter, though Scott Brick can do no wrong :)
Edge of my seat, I absolutely devoured this book.
Narrator puts me to sleep every time. Has repetitive cadence and unnatural way of emphasizing words.
Probably not, because of the reader.
Liked them equally.
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.
No. I could only tolerate this reader for 20-30 minutes at a time. Too bad, the book and author are very good.
I'll keep my eyes out for this reader ,so I can avoid him .Sorry , Scott!
As much as I love music, I'd rather listen to a book. I love being taken far far away while doing everything.
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!
Yes, It kept my interest from start to finish, and I plan to get the next book in the series.
middle of the pack.
I listened to it on a long drive and it made the time pass without really making my brain think too hard
since it's a story about a man, a hero, written in first person, it made it seem smoother, more real
I actually listened to it in two sittings, 4 hours driving there, 4 hours driving back.
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.
Say something about yourself!
Fun, thrilling, otherworldly
I do not want to give anything away.
It made me laugh, hold my breath, and to get more of the series
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.
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.
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.
again, John Carter. Scott just sells the confidence and self-awareness that seems so central to the character.
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.
"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)
"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.
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