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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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    Rob 08-13-15
    Rob 08-13-15
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    "Amazing book!"

    Read the series as a kid, this was wonderful to experience again! I highly recommend it!

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    Steven S Thousand Oaks, California 07-06-15
    Steven S Thousand Oaks, California 07-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A great story - aged poorly"

    I enjoyed the story, but I think it appealed to an out-of-date generation. The whole idea of war with a chubby sense of ethical relativism constant through the book is part of the greasy machismo ethos that is dying away.

    Other than that I thought it was okay, but I won't spend any more time on his books myself.

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    Michael 06-16-15
    Michael 06-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "great story..."

    Capturing and exciting! The world of Mars is brought to life in a tale of love and war that journeys the listener to a dream of the courage and nobility of man. An ablsolute must for any library.

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    Scott Hill 05-11-15
    Scott Hill 05-11-15

    I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.

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    "Great science fiction for over 100 years old."
    If you could sum up John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' in three words, what would they be?

    Great SiFI Storry


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Carter.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good at difference character voices.


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

    Could have.


    Any additional comments?

    Surprisingly good science fiction for over 100 years old. Good character development and really great passion and emotion.

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    Michael 03-03-15
    Michael 03-03-15

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    "A true "Space Cowboy" and Hero of Honor."
    Would you listen to John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' again? Why?

    Repeatedly. The voice narrative was really balanced between the emotion and intelligence of all the storyline characters; even Woola


    What did you like best about this story?

    John Carter is a strategist. He acts and reacts with precision.


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

    Haven't listened to any of Scott Brick's other performances but I would love to . . .


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

    When Tars Tarkas decreed Sarkoja final ultimatum and her response. . . .


    Any additional comments?

    Love John Carter and will definitely be continuing my journey with him on Audible. . . .

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    Cowboy7381 Middleton, WI 08-13-14
    Cowboy7381 Middleton, WI 08-13-14

    IT is my career.....Technology is my passion.....Gaming is my relief.....The outdoors is my escape

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    "Great story and excellently read"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Carter as he is the sole primary character


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

    This was my first Scott Brick performance. I've now heard all three of his Barsoom books and feel that he does a great job for this type of book. The many different species are all given a specific voice type.


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

    Hard to put down would be the term for the written novel. I listened in about 2-3 hour spurts and was engaged through most of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I picked up this book because of how much I liked the movie. Forget the movie. The book is much better and Scott Brick's performance is very well done

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    Amazon Customer 04-28-14
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    "Decent Story, but Lacking!"
    Any additional comments?

    There are many points I'd like to make in this review.

    - For being a book written in the early 1900's, the "sci-fi" was great. Such imagination and quite descriptive to actually provide a picture in the readers head.

    - Normally I read a book before watching a movie, and even then I approach both without prejudice to the other. However, in this case, I thought the movie was much better. I believe my reasoning is in the fact that the movie gets to the next big points of the story that much quicker. Still a decent read, although I might not continue on in the series.

    - John Carter himself was amazing, as well as a few of his supporting characters. Edgar Rice Burroughs portrays John as loyal, fierce, determined, and a respectful man. In other words, he makes him the perfect package complete with looks, strength, and attitude. Which definitely made it worthwhile.

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    Gregory 03-02-14
    Gregory 03-02-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Movie is better"

    The story was good and I like the narration. I read this book after I saw the movie. While there are a significant amount of similarities, the movie actually alters the story line a bit that explains some things that were glossed over and not clarified in the book. While it is not true very often, I actually liked the movie better.

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    Luke 12-07-13
    Luke 12-07-13
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    "A pleasing voice that doesn't overplay the part"

    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.

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    Hank 10-29-13
    Hank 10-29-13

    I travel the country setting up at comic, toy, sci-fi, and horror conventions. Audiobooks help with the travels.

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    "This narrator matched the writing"
    What did you love best about John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'?

    This is who superman is based off of. Well written and narratered


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course john carter who else?


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Been a fan of his since the dune saga


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

    Enjoyment


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