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John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' Audiobook

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

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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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    Kevin McKelvey 07-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Hard to believe this story is from 1911!"

    Princess of Mars might be a rather tame, run of the mill fantasy story in this day and age, but when taken in the context from when it was originally published, this story becomes all the better. Scott Brick does a terrific job narrating (as always) Burroughs grand tale of Martian love and warfare.

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    cuaastudent 07-01-16
    cuaastudent 07-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing listen!"

    I find it intriguing that this story was written in the early 1900's. This is the predecessor to modern sci-fi novels and it very entertaining. The speaker does an excellent job as well.

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    M. Chesapeake, VA, United States 05-25-16
    M. Chesapeake, VA, United States 05-25-16 Member Since 2013

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    "so much better then I thought!!!!"

    Really a good listen. So you park your probable - once the listen is underway who cares?! and get ready to be entertained!
    no wonder so many try to make this into a movie. makes for a great listen - a great story.
    throughly enjoyed this one! love, romance, war, discovery, adventure, what imagination for it's time.

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    Luther Quillen 03-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "old old book"

    struggled to finish glad I'd seen the movie.narrator good job would try his books again

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    MattyboySC 01-27-16
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    "Liked the movie, so I checked out the book"

    I had never before heard of John Carter, but I liked the movie when I saw it. So I decided to check out the audiobook. My initial impression from the sample was that the narrators voice was a little monotone, but from the start, I found that not to be the case. He narrated extremely well, altering his tone of voice when speaking for the female characters, and adding a raspy, rougher tone when narrating the brute aliens, so it was incredibly easy to get submerged in the story without any detracting issues.

    The story was super interesting and I finished this one in just 2 days, looking forward to driving time and down time to plug in and continue the story. Well written, very interesting, great story! If you liked the movie, you will love the book! 5/5 and I would recommend this book for sure!

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    Frankr24 Austin, Tx 01-22-16
    Frankr24 Austin, Tx 01-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic"

    I very much enjoyed this book. I'm a long time fan of Robert Heinlein and I've always loved the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies but somehow I just never quite made it to reading any of Burroughs books until now. I was delighted to discover what an influence Burroughs had on Robert Heinlein because it definitely showed in this book. In other words the swashbuckling style that I've enjoyed in some of Robert Heinlein's books was at the center of this book.

    I had to look up the history about this book to discover it was written in 1911. This definitely came through in the style of writing, the language used, and of course in the actual arc of the story. It was a relatively simple story but still entertaining. the only thing I struggled with was keeping track of the numerous odd names but hey, its science fiction, that's what it's supposed to be. Burroughs did a respectable job for 1911 of getting the details of Mars correct. for me, this did add to the book.

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    Sean 12-31-15
    Sean 12-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Fantastic Voyage..."

    The movie "John Carter" brought me here, and even more than the movie this book surprised and delighted me. It is alarming how often the most unsung books are the most heartwarming and cherished. A tale of a man finding his true calling, his true love, and most importantly, his true self in the most foreign of settings. With the direct and transparent language of a soldier, Burroughs takes the reader on an amazing sci-fi journey that rivals those of Jules Verne and C. S. Lewis. I hope with sincerity that this series one day gets its due in the annals of literary history. Hopefully the new owners of the Barsoom series' film rights will bring it to new fans like myself.

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    david 11-25-15
    david 11-25-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting Genre source reading"

    It's interesting to read the style and language of the pulp era. The stories are fun, simple and entertaining. They are also racist and misogynist. Scott Brick is not for me - a little over the top dramatic, but he gets totally in it.

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    jayke norman 10-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "it's good"

    the story is lacking in something. a good read if you got nothing better to do.

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    Catherine W Idzerda 09-26-15 Member Since 2016

    Love 18th/19th C. classics; mysteries from Christie, Sayers, Marsh, Hammett, Chandler, Crispin, Collins; and Heyer and Pratchett,

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    "Good story (I think)"

    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.

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