American stage and screen actor John Bolen gives a lucid performance of Thuvia, Maid of Mars, the fourth book of eleven in the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the American writer who created the character Tarzan. Bolen struts and frets most convincingly on this audiobook, giving each character a distinct tone of voice. On Mars, a love quadrangle threatens to ignite a war. Protagonist Cathoris must answer the call of adventure and be courageous in order to save the planet. Will true love and peace prevail?
The fourth in Burroughs' 11-volume Mars series, a blend of sci-fi and romantic adventure.
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I've read the novel before, and it is classic Burroughs. Not his best but not his worst by any means. The main problem I had with this audiobook was the narration.
There were two problems. First, the narrator used some sort of Eastern European accent for all the Martian dialogue, and a neutral American accent otherwise. This grated on me and detracted from the content of what was being spoken, since the accent was being pushed so much that the dialogue felt unnatural. Second, there was little feeling or emotion being expressed in the dialogue. I felt that the narrator didn't understand the feelings of the charactors nor the author's intent, and as a result it was difficult for me to engage with the characters or the story. It was like listening to someone reading a laundry list.
For me either aspect was a killer. I would not recommend this rendition.
Loved the story couldn't get passed the first hour because of the narrator
Get someone else
I would definitely try another Burroughs book, I love the Mars series. However, I don't think I could listen to even another chapter read by John Bolen. He has a great 'radio voice'. Deep, resonant, and he is a decent reader. However, when he gets to the character voices, he made this really odd voice to go with some indefinable accent that sounds like a cross between a bad Asian accent and an indecipherable Italian one. I guess 'Mars' means 'weird' in Bolen's eyes. Even worse, once he slipped on that accent, he didn't even follow the cues of what the characters were saying. It would say, 'she said flatly' and his voice would be high and animated. I seriously cringed every time it was time for a character to speak. If you want to listen to this book, try another narrator.
The characters of Lothar are men who can create entire armies with their minds. I first read these books in my teens and they have always stood out for me.
See above. If you can't do accents or voices effectively, don't.
None, this is a really good book.
The John Carter of Mars books are some of the earliest science fiction, the first one, "A Princess of Mars" is what put Burroughs on the map in 1912, even before Tarzan. Volumes 1-9 are truly wonderful works of imagination, especially if you like sword-fighting and science fiction. The books are not perfect by any means. Frankly, Burroughs was not a great writer. He uses sort of hokey devices and his plotting often lacks internal logic. However, whatever he lacks as a writer, he makes up for with his imagination and the wonderful world and characters he created for Barsoom (mars). Give the books a read or a listen, but if you listen, don't choose this narrator.
OMG! This reader is just awful. I listened for about five minutes and had to turn him off. Of the over 200 audible books I have he is by far the worst.
Most of the readers of this seris are very good,
Yeah, tell the reader not to quit his day job. He is going to need it.
Yes, but not from this narrator. The reading wasn't like listening to someone reading the story. It was like hearing someone who recorded a series of disjointed sentences and then pasted them together so it came across with a lot of unnatural pauses that frankly got to be too unbearable to tolerate.
No, I couldn't.
Look for the details, that is what life is about.
Edgar Rice Burroughs has always been one of my favorite authors. This entire series is worth listening too. :J
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