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Red Mars Audiobook

Red Mars

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

Although it is fiction, Red Mars is based on years of research. As living spaces and greenhouses multiply, an astonishing panorama of our galactic future rises from the red dust. Through Richard Ferrone's narration, each scene is energized with the designs and dreams of the extraordinary pioneers.

©1993 Kim Stanley Robinson; (P)2000 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1993

"Generously blending hard science with canny insight into human strengths and weaknesses, this suspenseful sf saga should appeal to a wide range of readers." (Library Journal)
"The ultimate in future history." (Daily Mail)

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    Brandon Aurora, CO, USA 08-10-09
    Brandon Aurora, CO, USA 08-10-09
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    "slow"

    I am sure the book is good, But it is slow. A lot of intricate details that do not add to the story.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Hudson, WI, United States 07-31-11
    Steven Hudson, WI, United States 07-31-11 Member Since 2014
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    "RED planet"

    The physics are way off. This book is more about communism and marxist dogma than science fiction.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jef Austin, TX, USA 04-25-08
    Jef Austin, TX, USA 04-25-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Wake me when something happens"

    I love this genre. Loved Ben Bova's story of Mars. Bought this because it was a Nebula Award winner. Must be good, right? This story went nowhere. It was a longwinded description of people living on Mars. Nothing much happened, except for a little anti-terraforming plot that was anti-climactic. There wasn't even much in the way of character development in all those hours of nothing.

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Dallas, TX, United States 09-13-16
    Carrie Dallas, TX, United States 09-13-16 Member Since 2014

    I like happy endings and realism that is realistic rather than gritty.

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    "Awful people being awful to each other."

    I can't finish this book. I've tried--it was recommended as excellent sci-fi by someone I thought was a reliable source. I even bought the Kindle version through the Audible deal! Maybe I'll eventually just skim the story and read the sciency bits...

    Alas, lots of boring character drama between and introspection about a group of truly unlikeable characters. The Moody Russian, American Golden Boy, and Jealous American Grasper, among others. Too much adolescent angst--and behavior --for a group of scientists settling a planet. It's just unpleasant, uninteresting, and otherwise blah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua A Hines 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Intricate political drama"
    What aspect of Richard Ferrone’s performance would you have changed?

    Better character voices.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The first 100


    Any additional comments?

    If you're thinking about getting this, know that the first chapter occurs in the middle of the timeline of events that take place. I was confused by this at first. Another thing to note is that the narrator has about two voices and until you learn what characters are in a particular scene, it can be sometime tricky to know who is talking. The novel takes place chronologically for the most part from about five different people's perspective as well which can also make it challenging to follow along. The novel itself is very detailed which is great for some but I believe could have been condensed just slightly as the story tends to stall in great chunks. Then the novel just ends without a real sense of conclusion. Knowing that their are two other novels though, this isn't really a bad thing. In a way, I think you could sort of say that this is a bit like Game of Thrones on Mars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hamilton 09-02-16
    Hamilton 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Kind of SPOILERS - Tech manual"

    This reads more like a tech manual at times. Heavy handed on the realism/racism with the Arabs being what they are in this book (not really spoiler but kind of). Also the idea everyone loses their damn minds is a little hard to swallow to a point... Interesting story but just not entertaining. YMMV. My friends loved the series. so...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Centavo Hämming 09-01-16
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    "A book worthy of a world"

    There are truths about ourselves we humans will only discover once we leave Earth. But it seems Robinson has glimpsed some of them, somehow.

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    Hoheria 08-30-16
    Hoheria 08-30-16
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    "Narration too irritating to finish"

    The narrator performs with an irritatingly mocking tone and should note that one does not separately pronounce the "i" and "e" in "piezoelectric". One to return!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Detailed, but not really."
    Would you try another book from Kim Stanley Robinson and/or Richard Ferrone?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Kim Stanley Robinson’s story?

    I think the main problem with the book is the author is trying to be really detailed, but the story covers too long of a time period (decades) to be detailed. She just gives really long descriptions of a small amount of what's going on. There are a lot of good ideas in the book, but it needs a better story. It didn't help that the narrator wasn't very good. I had to stop listening after about 15 hours, I couldn't take it anymore.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Billyjo Gibb 07-28-16
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    "Too much love story, not enough Sci-Fi"

    There was just way too much love story in this for any male reader IMO. I'd only recommend this to women who are into Sci-Fi and love stories. Definitely not my cup of tea! Won't be reading the other two in the series. If you're looking for a Sci-Fi book about life on other planets that not full of love stories, then I suggest you stick with male writers. That's what I'm doing from here on out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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