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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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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erich CYPRESS, TX, United States 04-25-13
    Erich CYPRESS, TX, United States 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.


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    Nathan BELLEVILLE, IL, United States 03-24-13
    Nathan BELLEVILLE, IL, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2011
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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 2010

    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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    Carlos Fresno, CA, United States 02-21-13
    Carlos 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 2002
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra TAFT, CA, United States 12-28-12
    Sandra TAFT, CA, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2011
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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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    Josh Marshfield, MO, United States 11-13-12
    Josh Marshfield, MO, United States 11-13-12
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    "Boss"
    Would you consider the audio edition of John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' to be better than the print version?

    I've always loved reading Edgar Rice Burroughs, he captivated the essence of the human experience by pitting people with extraordinary character and willpower in uncharted worlds and told the tale of how they fought through it all for life love and happiness.

    This book is no different. After the first time I READ this book, I wanted to go out and see what I was made of in this crazy world known as Earth. Scott Brick, the person who read this story, I gave five stars due to the fact that he still kept that feeling alive after i finished listening to this novel. John Carter is a book that anyone who is facing the odds in their life should read mainly because it will most certainly fuel them to beat the living crap out of their challenges they face. Well read Mr. Brick!


    What other book might you compare John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' to and why?

    Since this is the first book I've listened to on tape, other books that I've read would be other works by Edgar Rice Burroughs, mainly the title "The Land that Time Forgot."


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

    No I have not but I look forward to it.


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

    It made me want to climb a mountain with my bare hands.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Jackson, GA, USA 09-21-12
    Robert Jackson, GA, USA 09-21-12
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    "FINALLY!!!"
    If you could sum up John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic Incredible Repeat


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

    Knowing there was more to come when I finished it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to chose from


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

    Gave me an amazing sense of adventure


    Any additional comments?

    At Last we have a narrator (Scott Brick) worthy of this fantastic sci-fi series. Please Please Please let him do the whole series. You can bet that your sales will go through the roof!!
    I have been waiting years for the proper narrator and now it seems like they finally got it right HOORAY!!!

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