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The Gods of Mars Audiobook

The Gods of Mars: Barsoom Series, Book 2

Soldier and adventurer John Carter tells the story of how he returns to the planet Mars to be reunited with his love, the Martian princess Dejah Thoris. With his great friend Tars Tarkas, mighty Jeddak of Thark, Carter sets out in search of his princess. But Dejah Thoris has vanished. And Carter becomes trapped in the legendary Eden of Mars, from which none has ever escaped alive.
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Soldier and adventurer John Carter tells the story of how he returns to the planet Mars to be reunited with his love, the Martian princess Dejah Thoris. With his great friend Tars Tarkas, mighty Jeddak of Thark, Carter sets out in search of his princess. But Dejah Thoris has vanished. And Carter becomes trapped in the legendary Eden of Mars, from which none has ever escaped alive.

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    Carol Massachusetts 11-29-13
    Carol Massachusetts 11-29-13

    Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!

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    "Scott Brick Takes On a Classic Adventure"

    The John Carter trilogy (Princess of Mars, Gods of Mars, Warlord of Mars) was a high school favorite of mine, and these three books were among the first purchases I made after joining Audible. I chose the Gene Engene recording of "Gods" and my review of it is there. But that production was marred by technical problems, so when the recent movie tie-in came out with veteran narrator Scott Brick at the helm, I decided to get a "new, improved" version of this middle book.

    Technically this is indeed a good productio. But Scott Brick's modern, somewhat deadpan delivery seems at odds with the over-the-top drama of the "this is my marvelous life" voice that Burroughs used for John Carter's first-person "memoir." Admittedly, capturing the colorful dramatics without sounding silly is a tough job for any narrator. Brick is a pro, and this is a professional if not inspired reading.

    I still like Sondricker's narration of the first book, "Princess of Mars," the best. Engene's version of "Warlord" is fine, technical problems were fixed, but "Warlord" isn't as good as the first two books.


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    Austin Powers 06-04-15
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    "A very wonderful book"

    This book was excellent it without a doubt held my attention the entire time I found myself quite literally sitting on the edge of my seat at 2 a.m. to finish listening to this book I am a big fan of the series I love what the writer did with the story so many twists and turns and like always I believe that life has enough bad endings books should be filled with good ones I don't want to give away any spoilers so I will leave you with this little piece I await listening to the third book to conclude the second if the third book is anything like the first two I have no doubt that it will end marvelously I hope this review help someone everyone's view on a story obviously has its differences but this book definitely makes good listening give it a chance

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luke 12-07-13
    Luke 12-07-13
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    "Great reading of a somewhat heavyhanded story"

    The reading by Scott Brick was well done and, as I mentioned in my last review, fit the pacing and tone of the story. No fake accents, no overacting and he changes his voice to suit the passage he is reading. The rest of my review will be concerning the content of the book which dampens my liking for this fine narration.

    While not anti-religious, Edgar Rice Burroughs was worried about what he saw as religious fanaticism and the dangers that lay within such blind devotion to an institution. This is an interesting theme and the plot points that tie this story together are rather interesting, but I feel that much of the story was being used to bash this over the readers head.

    Take the words "religious fanaticism" and write them thirty times in a page and then fill in the blanks with dialogue, that is what reading this book feels like at times. The concept of being careful about who or what someone is devoted to, and the way in which we as humans express our devotion is an engaging theme, but I find it annoying when an author tries to cram an allegory down my throat.

    JRR Tolkien said that he has despised the allegory since he became old enough to detect it, and for my reading I tend to steer clear of any work that keeps repeating the message over and over throughout the text in bald repetition to make sure the message got through.

    Still, there are still enough adventure and story points that make this an exciting story and worth the time to read it. I don't know that I would relisten to the whole thing again, perhaps just excerpts while reading on the kindle.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Berkley Washington, DC 05-08-16
    Berkley Washington, DC 05-08-16 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader. Even more avid listener. I enjoy thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction .... just about everything.

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    "Love these books"
    If you could sum up The Gods of Mars in three words, what would they be?

    Typical John Carter


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gods of Mars?

    The fight with the Plant Men


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Brick is fantastic as always. He portrays John Carter very well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I pretty much did.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read and have loved these novels for over 35 years. I keep coming back and I enjoy them just as much with each re-reading or listen.

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    mary l. hartman 04-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic!! I was sold on Scott Bricks voice!!"
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    Magnificent!! Scott Brick narration was wonderful I felt like I was there and each time John Carter when to battle Scott Brick voice made me want to stand and cheer for John Carter. There are moments of surprise and shock this book kept me on the edge of my seat to the end. The ending came to soon it made we look for the next book. I wanted to hear how it ended. But sad to say the next in the John Carter books was not narrated by Scott Brick. I tried to listen to the other Narrations but all fall short and I did not go any further the book series. When Scott Brick Narrates the next John Carters books I will get them all.!!

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    MattyboySC 02-14-16
    MattyboySC 02-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A thriller from start to finish"

    I enjoyed the movie John Carter well enough, so one day finding myself in the mood for a similar story, I decided to try out the audio books. Not only was I hooked to this story line immediately, it became one of my all time favorites! I loved this story from start to finish, and would recommend it to anyone! Unique, well structured, well performed, 5 out of 5!

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    E. Taylor 12-13-15
    E. Taylor 12-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "40 years of enjoyment"

    I read this book when I was 14 on a long drive across the Arizona desert with my scout troop. this was the first book I had ever read from cover to cover. We had the whole set and I couldn't stop till I finished every book. I have since shared this fun, clean, and exciting adventure with my daughters and sons and they have since shared it with there spouses who have enjoyed it as much as I did

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    thomas 12-05-15
    thomas 12-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    Loved it
    This was an enjoyable adventure that I first took as a teenager and loved revisiting this series and the heroics and undeniable love that John Carter exudes towards his princess of Mars Deja Thoris!!!!!!

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    Daddy Shawn La Verne, CA, United States 02-16-15
    Daddy Shawn La Verne, CA, United States 02-16-15 Member Since 2016

    Writer & daddy.

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    "Considering the age, surprised it's not more dated"
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    Took me a chapter to get into this story but once I did I was in for the entire ride. Great action adventure. A bit predictable today, but that's because so many of the concepts have been used since.

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    matt Ontario, Canada 01-23-15
    matt Ontario, Canada 01-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing series and love Scott Bricks narration!"

    amazing book bringing you across unexplored parts of barroom! Scott Bricks is also one of my favorite voices/ narrators.

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    9/19/14
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    "Wonderfully entertaining!"
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    These books combine a fabulously imagined world with, frankly, often silly plot lines. They are so wonderfully entertaining! (And surprisingly addictive.) Scott Brick does a great job of reading them as well.My husband also really enjoys hearing from me about the latest exploits of John Carter and his 'mighty longsword'.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
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    "A seamless carry on..."

    As brilliant as the first. The story remains fast paced yet believable, with wonderful characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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