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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

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    "great book"
    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 Lewisburg, WV, United States 03-14-12
    Bill Lewisburg, WV, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2011

    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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    03-09-12
    03-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story"
    If you could sum up John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' in three words, what would they be?

    Glorious, Imaginative, fantastic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Woola - With out saying a word the creature showed bravery, strength, courage, and undying loyalty to John Carter and those he knew.


    What about Scott Brick???s performance did you like?

    I loved his performance. His voice has a great Carter quality to it that lends its self to the story quite well. Wish he did the rest


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this series to anyone wishing to travel beyond the star on a fantastic journey of adventure!

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    Clint 03-08-12
    Clint 03-08-12
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    "Another great production by Scott Brick!"
    Would you try another book from Edgar Rice Burroughs and/or Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick's narration is what made listening to this book a pleasure. I'd not head of John Carter before. In fact, I'd not heard of Edgar Rice Burroughs before, ignorant as I was. John Carter is a rollicking fantasy rather than a serious and plausible science fiction. It is true that there are some serious flaws in the plot but I didn't find them to be of character for the book. At times, I found myself thinking that the story is particularly suited for younger readers. However, what really won me over was Scott Brick's narration. He has a superbly modulated voice for narration and understands well the importance of metering his performance to give emotion to words read.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    John Carter is more a children's book than anything else and with that in mind I don't think I would change any element of it. Yes, there are some serious flaws in the plot, such as falling asleep in a cave and waking up on Mars but I saw it as a story of pure fantasy and it worked. Perhaps the aspect of the book I would change is the balance between John's Carter's successes and failures. I found it became predictable that he would win all of the time - whether on the battlefield or the hearts of the fairer sex of Barsoom. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the plot more if I could not easily predict the outcome of each chapter.


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

    Yes, he does. As with any good narrater it all about the delivery. His voice modulation and meter were superbly controlled throughout the entire book (circa 6 hours).


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

    Yes, I am looking forward to seeing this film. I will leave any logical analysis at the cinema door before taking my seat and enjoy it for what it is - a bit of fun.


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