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.
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.
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Edgar Rice Burroughs has always been one of my favorite authors. This entire series is worth listening too. :J
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