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  • The John Carter Trilogy of Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • A Princess of Mars; The Gods of Mars; A Warlord of Mars
  • By: Finn J.D. John, Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Finn J.D. John
  • Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

The first of these novels, A Princess of Mars, was Burroughs' first book, and he wrote the next two novels in quick succession. Together they tell the story of John Carter of Mars - how he came to Mars, met the love of his life, and quickly found himself occupied full-time defending her and saving his adopted planet from interplanetary evildoers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Well Told, Excellent Commentary

  • By Robert on 04-01-15

Story is great, but commentary gets in the way

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Reviewed: 04-17-15

Have you listened to any of Finn J.D. John’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. This one is better. But in the other one, he starts reading the book right away.

Any additional comments?

I really only have one complaint and it's not unique to this book. The commentary gets in the way. I bought this book for the story, that's what I'm interested in, I don't know about you but I don't buy old-time adventure pulp novels for literary critical analysis.

But like lots of similar books, this one makes you wade through a bunch of commentary before it gets down to the story.

If you, like me, just want to get down to the story, it's pretty easy to do. Just start listening with Chapter 5 instead of Chapter 1. Then you can listen to the end of the first book, skip the chapter of "annotations," and continue with the second book, and so on.

I like the narrator's voice and style, it's very comfortable to listen to and smooth, he doesn't call attention to himself so you can just soak up the story. And the John Carter of Mars stories are just classics, no issue there.

Anyway, once I got past the litsy-critsy chapters, I enjoyed this book a lot. I would have given it a much better rating if the publisher had (hint hint) PUT ALL THAT STUFF AT THE END OF THE BOOK!!!! Or at least told me at the very beginning how I could easily skip over it. Luckily, I'm here to do that for them.

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