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've liked this book, at least some parts of it. The scientific approach, the politics and some other stuff are great. These parts are dynamic, you love and hate the characters, you take part in the story. In the other side, there are some extremely boring parts with endless description of landscapes, travels and other very little interesting stuff. I've liked it, but I really wanted it to come to an end. Good narration.
More science than fiction. The fiction is just that we have actually gone to Mars. Very well read and it is captivating entertainment for those long hours behind the wheel.
I can understand why people don't like this book. It's not full of action, it doesn't open with lasers firring on spaceships, it takes time and goes through fantastic detail. I really could believe I was on mars. And the details are fantastic especially when you consider this book is 15 years old. Since the book was published we've had 3 rovers on mars, several more orbiters, etc.
The book follows the lives of the first people to land on mars as viewed from several individuals each in turn. Just as I was starting to get comfortable with that character he switches people and we start learning about someone new. I found it annoying at times.
If you wonder, could humans live on mars? How could we get there? What would it be like on mars? Then you will like this book. He explores not only the technical challenges but the political problems, emotional strains that anyone going to mars would face. If you want a thriller or action book, it's probably best to look elsewhere.
Part hard science, part utopian sociology and part epic science fiction, Red Mars was an incredible read and also a very enjoyable listen. While this narrator lacks emotion at times, the story doesn't suffer overly much. I would recommend this audio book to anyone who has a love for imagining what might in fact be just around the corner, the exploration and eventual colonization of other planets within our solar system. The author does a good job of melding many elements, including strong character development, into a very entertaining story.
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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