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
"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)
as a first time audible listener this book series is wonderful. yes it goes on and on sometimes but you get a very good idea of the science behind the colonization of mars. Kim Stanley Robinson has made a perfect book for explaining all of this without having it be ALL science. kudos to him. i hope he writes more!
The Mars series by Kim Stanley Robinson is one of my favorites, and Red Mars is, IMHO, the best book in the series.
This is the story not of the first manned expedition to Mars, but the first Mars colony. The beginning of the book (first few chapters) seems a little draggy, but it's the foundation for the rest of the character relationships, so it's worth listening to.
All in all, I highly recommend this series, and this book in particular.
Not as great as you may be lead to believe. Story line runs well for a time but about two thirds the way through it drags the chain so to speak. I'm giving it a rating of two and a half.
I dont know what to say it was a little long winded but all -N- all I really liked the whole book in fact I liked it well enough that I just bought the 2nd book ( Green Mars )Well thats all I have to say hope this helps you..... ;)
I read and listen to books as much as possible.
I love these books, I read them twice and downloaded all 3 at once, listened straight through.
At first I thought the guy sounded like the narrator on that movie Goodfellas.... it made me laugh.
These are the kind of books you need to read more than once if your interested in the science.
They make great audio books, if your on the road and listen to audio books a lot.
Its a toss up. With the book you can re-read sections at leisure where the audio book you must rewind and find the spot you want. As this book is big and full of quite a bit of political, social, and psychological sub-plots, I found it necessary to go back sometimes to refresh on a point.
The terraforming conflict coming to a head.
Humanities basic desire, freedom.
This is a long story and you must be a patient reader to get through it. It is well worth it.
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Well this goes without saying that when there is a series of books you must read all of them to get the story all in, mostly dont expect to get much out of the ending of this book because there are 2 more after it - That being said this is a great series of books that is somewhat "dated", there is old people sex in about 8-10 parts thought the 3 books so be prepared for that, its not described as "old people sex" but since everyone mostly is over 50 its strange - also latter people get a "treatment" that keeps them from dying but they still look like they are in there 60's or 70's! and they are having sex sometimes - and then there's the short fat Russian thats got to be nasty as ever but someone wants her and they talk about that also
This is a really long story thats about the transformation of Mars, go to the Google Mars site and you can see all the places they describe in the books
There is a problem and its that there is a main character named "Michele" a French Man and its pronounced "me-shell" not like the girls name Michelle "ma-shell" but the narrator gets it wrong in this book and the second one but its pronounced properly in the 3rd book, also in the 3rd book other names are pronounced differently then before ad well as locations - there is really no reason for this, there should have been someone listening to these and correcting the reader before it was final - but getting this name wrong is confusing as ever since you think its a girl sometimes
I started and stopped this book like 8 times over the last year since I got it, having things to do and not understanding the beginning that well, I am glad I decided to listen to it - the beginning describes the murder of a main character that you find out about latter and it is a really crappy thing to happen
but, yea, listen to these 3 books and you will probably love them
Listening to this book, I found myself wondering when the plot will climax. However, there is no climax. The book just goes on and on with no specific point. I highly recommend finding another book.
Long time book listener on the left coast. I work outside and spend many hours per day with a good book in my ear. Love Science, History, and above all Science Fiction/Fantasy.
I have not finished this yet.
That should say a lot.
Halfway thru, I am not sure I will be able to finish.
I like the future history, but the story about the people is disjointed and lacking. There isn't anyone in the story to care about.
The religous and poltical arguements presented sound like the writer saw the movie 'Reds' and 'Davinci Codes' and then decided she was a PHD in each field.
Nothing like rehashed comunism for a new frontier in government, and her entire arguement on the historicity of Jesus' life, was right out of the trailers for 'The Davinci Codes'.
This is a lot of time to invest for a poor story and silly arguements between stereotyped and superficial characters.
At some point, I will try to finish this but...
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