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
Yeap, time well-spent because the historical value of this novel.
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.
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).
Yeap, already did.
I have not read the printed version so cannot comment on this.
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.
Scott did a good job with the material at hand. Still kind of dry.
Yes, it is an oldie but a goldie. Always great pictures in your head.
Thevway it captures your imagination.
Made me get some of the other books.
Scott brick rocks as a reader
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.
This is the classic interplanetary love story. Romance, intrique, strange races, and even stranger technologies.
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.
John Carter has been my favorite character since I began reading these books in the sixth grade.
Yes. Then I wanted to go right into The Gods of Mars.
Glorious, Imaginative, fantastic
Woola - With out saying a word the creature showed bravery, strength, courage, and undying loyalty to John Carter and those he knew.
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
I recommend this series to anyone wishing to travel beyond the star on a fantastic journey of adventure!
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.
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.
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).
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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