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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Contextually when the story was written needs to be understood. So don't expect an accurate scientific account.
The story is so unexpected, exciting and written in such a refreshing fashion that I could not put it down.
Highly imaginative, intriguing and crafted.
I would recommend to anyone looking for a good story and something to listen too and enjoy.
I picked this up because I had heard that it was a landmark work of science fiction. I like scifi and adventure stories, so this seemed right up my alley. Sadly, this novel is very much a product of its times and has not aged well. The story reeks of sexism and "white man's burden," in an earnest and unreflecting way that's extremely off-putting. The protagonist is the most shameless example of a Mary Sue that I've ever seen in a serious novel. If you want to read a scifi / fantasy adventure novel, you could do far better.
I was torn with this book. I have heard many great things about it and so I finally decided to give it a go. And in the end I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. It was a story that mostly kept me interested but now that it's done I don't really have an urge to read the next in the series. Maybe I will, but not now.
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.
I am a young teacher and a believer in Christ. I enjoy classics, psychology, faith, and my guilty pleasure books have celebrity authors.
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.
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.
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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