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A Princess of Mars

Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
Series: Barsoom, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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In this landmark novel written by the creator of Tarzan, a Civil War veteran is transported to the red planet, where he must elude giant green barbarians to rescue a princess. The first of Edgar Rice Burroughs' famous Barsoom series , it is a brilliant combination of fantasy, adventure, and science fiction.

Public Domain (P)2009 Audio Realms, Inc.

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  • Skeph
  • Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • 01-24-12

The better of "Princess of Mars" audios

When you're in the public domain you get adapted and sold a lot if you were successful in your time. I bought this because it seemed to have the most enjoyable narrator of the nine versions of this book available on Audible alone. Many of the rest were either poor old recordings or were read by someone who sounded very "Southern Gentleman dandy" while the narrator of the story was a man of war and action. It's a classic sci-fi so it encounters the old sci-fi problems here and there of gender bias, though not as much racism as your Lovecrafts or Conans.

Worth your time if you're up for some old timey science fiction. The story is fun and the characters are mostly naked.

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Best of the Best

What can you say about Edgar Rice Burrough's absolute classic, "A Princess of Mars"?

I've read this book many times over the years. And every time, I find myself getting emotional at the stirring moments of John Carter's genre creating adventure. I will read the Barsoom books again and again. I can see myself as an old man still thrilling to the exploits of John Carter on Mars. And swooning at the beautiful Princess, Deja Thoris.

This is my first time listening to an audio book of a Baroom story. My compliments to the narrator. Though a bit stuffy at times for this rousing tale of swashbuckling space opera, I loved Mr. Holsopple's steady, clear, and mature reading of the story. I wish that he had versions of the subsequent volumes of the Barsoom books.

I will carefully dip my toes into the next books in the series, and I hope I find another narrator who does Mr. Burroughs writing justice as did Brian Holsopple.

If you saw the ridiculous failure of a movie called "John Carter of Mars" and want to give this timeless saga another chance, I would highly suggest you read the book yourself.

If you are curious about the famous John Carter books, written OVER A CENTURY AGO, which have created countless imitations, yet want an easy introduction, this audiobook is a fantastic way to jump in. If you like pulp stories, high adventure, space opera, mixed masterfully with and old fashioned chivalry and romance...you can do no better. You'll really enjoy this audiobook. Highly recommended.

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One of the Best Audible listens ever

What made the experience of listening to A Princess of Mars the most enjoyable?

Great narrator.

The story is amazing. It's hard to believe a story written so long ago could feel so modern. Lots of action, flowing story line(no lag) and vivid characters. ERB's writing aided by this narrator, drew me in and held me from beginning to end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

After John Carter himself, it's hard to pick. So I have to say the Green Men of Mars as a whole.

Which scene was your favorite?

The big escape

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many.

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  • Lukas
  • United States
  • 07-17-11

So much...

So much Trope in this book.
So much Sexism.
So much Westernism.
So much Gary Stew.
So much pulp.

I don't know whether to love it, or delete it. It's the grandfather of every awful/awesome book you've ever read.

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