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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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    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 02-13-16
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 02-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "History repeats because of humans"

    This is an interesting story of humanity colony on Mars. What happens when people try to colonize a new land. Humans are humans we always will be. This is a story of the struggles the perseverance the personalities and the endurance

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    Amazon Customer 02-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Days of our lives on Mars"

    A soap opera set on Mars. This was the second Kim Stanley Robinson novel I have attempted, and the second that will be left half read. Maybe if you enjoy drama and cattyness in interpersonal relationships and no other plot, you might find some small amount of enjoyment from this barely readable work of garbage.

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    Delta Lima 01-15-16
    Delta Lima 01-15-16
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    "confusing to start but decent story once going"

    Overall i found the format of the story to be very hard to grasp. its written from the perspective of different people but not sequentially. so to give an example without spoilers, its like writing from person 1's perspective over the course of 2 years, then writing from person 2's perspective for 5 years, then person 3 for 4 years.
    so at one point you are many years into the stay on mars then snapped back many years.
    i also found it very confusing that the book starts off with a 'scene' that basically takes place MUCH later int he book.

    i had to listen to the first few chapters a couple times to really let the story form in my minds eye. Once you get past the writing style which is not really my cup of tea, the story is actually not too bad. I was hoping for a decent hard science fiction book, but found that while it had its moments it wasn't was i was hoping for. its not really 'magical' or fantasy science by any means, but there are technologies just put in the story with little info about them.

    Overall i have enjoyed the book now that im almost done with it but it was a hard read. i almost quit on it a couple times, but im glad i kept pushing through.

    Im still undecided as to if i will continue with the series.

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    Max 11-10-15
    Max 11-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great book"

    I really enjoy this series and the narrator does a good job telling the story

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    Amazon Customer 10-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Some characters you love and some you hate."

    The narration was great. The story can drag a little at times and its a lot like reading several books as once as the story is told from the perspective of many different characters. It can be difficult to keep going through some parts as the character of focus can be one you don't feel great about. Overall it was a great read if you are interested in Mars and space and more grounded sci-fi.

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    Andrew Dodson 07-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Mars!!!"

    Fantastic. As good as being there. Probably better. More detail than I would have thought was possible, and it doesn't feel at all dated.

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    Kevin Australind, WA, Australia 06-12-15
    Kevin Australind, WA, Australia 06-12-15
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    "A fantastic journey and a great adventure"

    When I read the previous reviews of this book I thought twice about downloading, many of them criticised the narrator. A bad narrator can ruin even the greatest books. However I decided to download it and give it a try and it was fantastic. I really can't see what the other reviewers were talking about, the narrator was excellent. He manages to inject just the right amount of emotion into his performance without making it hammy, his characterisations were spot on, and his speed of delivery was perfect. I'll certainly be buying more from this narrator.

    The story itself was exciting and thrilling, fast moving with just the right amount of tension and suspense. Part epic adventure, part colonial survival and part detective story, this was a great book. I'm just about to download the next instalment.

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    Nathaniel 05-06-15
    Nathaniel 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Read this after 2312"

    The space opera 2312 became much clearer after reading this. Awesome performance. Next, Green Mars. I'm now a solid KSR fan.

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    Brad 03-20-15
    Brad 03-20-15
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    "Brilliant!"

    Classic example of what Science Fiction is supposed to be. Easily one of the top ten all-time Mars theme tales ever.

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    Cary Bountiful, UT, United States 03-11-15
    Cary Bountiful, UT, United States 03-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow to start but worth it in the end"

    Very slow start but loved the end. Can't wait to listen to the next one. If you like hard science fiction then this is it.

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