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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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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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    F. Newton Chattanooga, TN United States 06-11-12
    F. Newton Chattanooga, TN United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Timeless classic. Solid vocal performance."
    What did you love best about John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'?

    It's the scifi story that begat all scifi stories. What's not to love? It's good ol fashioned scifi fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Carter. Woola.


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    Craig Cathedral City, CA, United States 06-04-12
    Craig Cathedral City, CA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what I expected but good."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book but with the understanding the book comes from the early 20th century. The modern science we now have about Mars makes the book a bit dated.


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    Charles Antioch, CA, United States 05-28-12
    Charles Antioch, CA, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book."
    Would you listen to John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' again? Why?

    Great book, but a little disappointed with the ending. Seems to me it could have been better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Carter


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    As always, Scott's performance is wonderful. I always enjoy the passion he brings to every book he performs.


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    C. Russell Roswell, GA 05-21-12
    C. Russell Roswell, GA 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating & engaging!!"
    What did you love best about John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'?

    Totally different world of imagination; amazingly written so long ago, but as visual as Star Wars


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

    EE "Doc" Smith's Lensman series


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    John Carter


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

    Just a fun read


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    Matt Camarillo, CA, United States 05-16-12
    Matt Camarillo, CA, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Read"
    Would you try another book from Edgar Rice Burroughs and/or Scott Brick?

    I believe I will finish the series, good story overall. .


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration of Scoot Brick on this last book was less than great. He just came across as so apathetic; this isn’t the story of Eeyore on Mars. I could use a little bit of life brought to the story.


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    Mark Brazil 05-14-12
    Mark Brazil 05-14-12
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    "A classic for ERB fans"
    What did you love best about John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'?

    Its a great tale, exciting, though a little confusing given all of the unusual names. But put it into context - this is an old book!


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration


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    Thiago Henrique Santos São Bernardo do Campo, SP 04-23-12
    Thiago Henrique Santos São Bernardo do Campo, SP 04-23-12
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    "Not that great, but very interesting."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yeap, time well-spent because the historical value of this novel.


    Would you recommend John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not to any friend. The plot is good and interesting but the text is as old as it should be. It actually requires some effort of the reader to accept the style of the text. Also, it's important to have in mind that originally A Princes of Mars was published in pulp magazines in a serialized fashion, which make the time span of the story a little convoluted.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator is not that good on this one. Sometimes I couldn't simple understand him, the fact that english is not my native language also doesn't help (altough I actually do understand english very well and had awesome experiences with others Audible books).


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yeap, already did.


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    Wade Pike Road, AL, United States 04-09-12
    Wade Pike Road, AL, United States 04-09-12
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    "Decent listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the printed version so cannot comment on this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is dated in regards to the sci-fi of today, but still offers a good listen. The story is pretty good but seems lacking in some places. The author goes into great detail at one point but then will move the story along skipping what seems to be relevant material. Overall though I still say it was worth the listen.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Scott did a good job with the material at hand. Still kind of dry.


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    Rhoda United States 04-03-12
    Rhoda United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2011

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is an oldie but a goldie. Always great pictures in your head.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thevway it captures your imagination.


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

    Made me get some of the other books.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott brick rocks as a reader

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    Bill 03-14-12
    Bill 03-14-12

    I like historical fiction and action-adventure. In the action genre, I really like to find a protagonist I like and follow the character development. Robert Parker, Lee Childs, Louis L'Amour, Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum are some I can think of off the top of my head.

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    "John and Dejah"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the classic interplanetary love story. Romance, intrique, strange races, and even stranger technologies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A man of honor is able to fight across and unify an entire planet in the name of love. The fighting is grand. Burroughs lets you see each new spicies, experience each character, and hear every strike of sword.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    John Carter has been my favorite character since I began reading these books in the sixth grade.


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

    Yes. Then I wanted to go right into The Gods of Mars.


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