Mars is divided, as not one, but two princes and a Jeddak vie for the love of Thuvia of Ptarth. When she is mysteriously kidnapped, treachery threatens to throw Barsoom into a bloody war. Now Cathoris must follow in the footsteps of his famous father, John Carter. He must overcome phantom armies, dangerous spies, and savage beasts in a heroic attempt to rescue not only his true love, but to save and reunite Mars.
©1920 Edgar Rice Burroughs; (P)2005 Books in Motion
After listening to the first 3 books I was very anxious to start this book. But within minutes the reader tendency to put the emphasis in the wrong place of every sentence and EXTREMELY annoying tendency to slightly pause between each word as if he needs glasses and was having trouble reading the text of the book. At times this pause between words became so irritating I had to stop the recording and step away from it as it was driving me utterly mad. I even tried speeding up the narrator via the Audible app options but this was still irritating. The half hearted attempts at adding differing voices to the characters was also simply annoying.
I would NOT buy another title performed by Gene Engene. In fact I had purchased book #4 and #5 which is also performed by Gene Engene before knowing he was so inept at the performance and to be honest wish I had not purchased either.
It was a different twist to the John Carter series. This book is the story of Thuvia and Carthoris. They are the two main characters in this book. A break from John Carters adventures. I bit different. More...uhhh..."metal and ethereal"
I can describe Gene Engene in two words, "Captain Kirk".
Dang...after listening to the first three of the Barsoom books by the awesome Scott Brick, I tried to find others that he narrated. But I could not. So now I had three options to continue with the next two (or three) books in the series:
Todd Bolen should not be narrating. Period. The book was returned.
Then I tried Gene Engene. This guy takes a breath, says what he can in that breath, and then pauses for 2 or 3 seconds...EVERY SINGLE TIME. (Captain Kirk)!
I just could not get over it. And sadly, you cannot catch these pauses when you listen to the excerpt when testing what the narrators sound like on the book sample.
I am returning it, and going with Raymond Todd next. I am crossing my fingers, as I really like listening to this series. I read them as a teenager (I am 48 years old now), and am reliving the adventures while I do my morning runs.
Not sure why, but the chapters that are said, are different from the chapters that show on my Droid.
The author is saying that I am on chapter 6, but the title on the top of my Droid says chapter 3. This gets confusing, and hard to know where I was at if I accidently hit the wrong button while running.
FYI: Six chapters is the most I can bear. I am returning it and starting it from the very beginning with narrator Raymond Todd. I feel I missed-out on so much of this book by being distracted by Captain Kirk's reading.
the reader is anoying. his speach is broken and contains too much pronunciation
it has one
I had a hard time with this one because of the reader lacked that magic to transport you.
I was so anticipatory after listening to the first two books from this series. The story line is a continuation of the lineage of that great Virginian John Carter who in the last two books stole my heart and imagination. When I down loaded this book I couldn't wait to listen to it. It didn't take long, however, for me to become frustrated with the reading style of Mr. Engene. His style lacks variation in voice cadence as well as he has a tendency to pause and emphasize at the wrong time. I had to actually force myself to finish listening to the book. This is a tragedy of excellent material meeting poor performance. Mr Engene's performance did improve toward the end of the book. By starting with the style he finished with, I believe the overall rating that I gave would have been a 4 star or better.
I was transfixed by the end of chapter 1. The storey was so wistful I could go, freeing my mind of this world and traveling to barssom with Mr. Carter. The narrator was wonderful with matching the tempo and spirit of the book.
I couldn't narrow it down to just one moment, however I will attempt to adequately explain. John Carter has a nak for getting himself into trouble and dragging his friends into it with him. He also has a nak for an amazing escape, get himself and all of his self proclaimed charges back out of trouble plus making everything right in the process.
I think his name is Targ, his ever faithful and trusting friend. Hoo, on his Owen chose follows John Carter through any and every calamity that John Carter is able to forge into being, just from his in ability to control himself when someone is being wronged. Especially if that someone is a beautiful women.
Freedom of a Marsion and human slave.
I Love reading books, My Job makes that difficult, so Audio Books have re-opened the Universe to my Soaring Imagination!
Edgar continues this Awesome story, and Gene did a great job, however after being spoiled by the other stories, Gene just does not capture the characters as well. Still a MUST listen to in order to continue the series.
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