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)
I never read the print version
I really enjoyed the dervish dance and the comet.
Ferrone did a great job with all of the characters, he has a Patrick Warburton vocal set and was able to differentiate the voices well enough that there was no confusion as to who was talking.
The comet, don't want to spoil it.
If you like a good long story use a credit to buy it because of the price.
excellent story! great characters, and the author has obviously spent a lot of time researching Mars
yes, although he really only has good voices for Coyote and Frank Chalmers, and sometimes loses the voice he's doing mid-sentence. However, he does read with some enthusiasm, and keeps the story entertaining.
This is a scrupulously realistic take on what the colonization of Mars could look like, with a lot of impressive ideas. Despite my poor rating, I am glad I read it, since it has definitely had an impact on my thinking about how such an endeavor would work.
That said, it really wasn't entertaining. It's very detailed, which I ordinarily like, but not when there seems to be nothing but detail and scarcely any plot. After more than 20 hours into it, I decided I didn't particularly care how it ended and moved on to something else.
Someone to identify with and pull for. A cohesive plot rather than a mix of relatively boring diary type encounters might help as well.
Who cares? Not me. That's the problem with the book. Just a bunch of minimally appealing or interesting characters.
Red Mars is proof that getting an award doesn't signify that the book is a good read.
Thinking person's sci fi. Literate and thoughtful. First of a series.
Too long. It's 23 hours.
Great story - we get to Mars but can't help but repeat the same mistakes we made on Earth. Very scientific - a manual for colonizing mars. But some of the science slows the story down just too much. The human story is the most interesting (in my opinion) and it was difficult to wait through long passages about how to mine water on Mars (for example).
I understand these books were praised by scientists for their scientific accuracy. Unfortunately, while I really do love science, these books get bogged down in details of both science and philosophy. Occasionally, there will be a plot point to move the story along. I often find that I've tuned out the details and then realize I just missed a plot point and had to rewind.
The narration is okay, but he doesn't do much to differentiate voices and sometimes his voice becomes annoying.
I don't really know why, but I'm listening to the second book. It is taking me much longer than usual to listen to this book. In truth, I listen to it as I'm falling asleep. I'm not sure if I'll go on to the third.
Now I'm wondering why I gave it 3 stars. I guess because the premise is good, and if it had been seriously edited, it may have been a good book and probably could have accommodated all three volumes of this trilogy.
Good well researched book about the colonization of Mars.
This book stands on its own as a fine work of science fiction.
I have no problems with the speaker he does a fine job. My eyes are such that reading is somewhat difficult for me so I wouldn't purchse the book in paper form.
The New World!
I started the book three times before I got the hang of it. The book starts off talking about 100 people going to Mars in 2026 then without warning (at least I didn't notice a warning) it jumps to a future date where there are five thousand people on Mars. The jump just occurs and if you're not prepared for it you'll be confused. After spending an hour or so in this future the book jumps back to 2026 for about 14 hours. At the end of that time your back in that future time that turns out to be sometime around 2056. I have about six hours to go and I'm looking forward to the next book of this trillogy - Green Mars.
Listening to this book, it took me a while to figure out why I wasn't enjoying it. Finally it hit me: the book itself was like listening to stories about my parents and their friends, and the narration was done by one of the friends I didn't especially like.
The stories of the people were all mildly self-congratulatory and full of information that was personal and didn't advance the story in any meaningful way. We learned a lot about petty squabbles among a couple of fairly uninteresting people, and were told peripherally about how smart the rest were to solve the difficulties presented to them by the Red Planet. There was a lot of interesting technical info about how the colonization of Mars could be accomplished, and some good info about how difficult the terraforming process would be. But the scientific projections of technology in the future wasn't enough to make up for a tedious, too-long story.
I'm a serious non-fan of the narration, too. There's a sort of sneering quality to his voice that I found grating. He's won a lot of awards for his narrations, so this is clearly a personal taste and not an objective thing. But there was no use of accents or different affectations for the characters, and they all kind of blended together.
I had high hopes for the Mars series, and was looking forward to going through the trilogy. But there's just not enough there to warrant slogging through another 2 books like this. Maybe one day I'll sit down and read them in physical form rather than listen to the audiobooks, but for now this is the end of the line for Mars and me.
Having suffered through all 24 hours or so of this, I am still at a loss to understand the point of it all. While I can appreciate that some are enthralled by the scientific aspects, a non-fiction book that laid out some of the theoretical science found in this book would have been more interesting than this jumble of confused politics, simplistic characters, and endless descriptions of landscapes (most of which all sound alike).
There is no real plot to speak of, a fatal flaw in a book purporting to be a novel. The characters are all nasty people, who seem to enjoy picking fights with others, and insulting other people. Their motivations are totally obscure - or maybe I just zoned out while listening, because I was bored.
I slogged through the entire thing, because I hoped that at some point, SOMETHING would happen...but it never did.
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