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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed visionary author Kim Stanley Robinson is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winner. Blue Mars is the final volume in Robinson's seminal science-fiction trilogy, which began with Red Mars and continues with Green Mars.

The once red and barren terrain of Mars is now green and rich with life - plant, animal, and human. But idyllic Mars is in a state of political upheaval, plagued by violent conflict between those who would keep the planet green and those who want to return it to a desert world.

Meanwhile, across the void of space, old, tired Earth spins on its decaying axis. A natural disaster threatens to drown the already far too polluted and overcrowded planet. The people of Earth are getting desperate. Maybe desperate enough to wage interplanetary war for the chance to begin again.

Blue Mars is a complex and completely enthralling saga - as convincing and lushly imagined a future as anyone has ever dreamed. Richard Ferrone narrates this sweeping epic with engaging personality and finesse.

©1996 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2002 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1997

"Robinson's achievement here is on a par with Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and Herbert's Dune." (Publishers Weekly)
"A well-written, thoughtful conclusion to the trilogy." (Library Journal)

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  • Phillip
  • Lino Lakes, MN, United States
  • 10-01-13

A fine end to a good series

As is the previous 2 books, Ferrone's performance has no emotion or enthusiasm. The only real problem with this book is when it jumps forward in time, it doesn't tell you the date. It covers over a century, jumping decades at a time, without tell the reader/listener where you are.

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good series

This is a pretty darn good series, though a bit preachy, it has a good story line and it is told in a fresh manner. The only suggestion I have is that the narrator purchase a dictionary so that when a word he is ineasy with can be pronounced correctly.

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Am amazing Trilogy

I’ve absolutely loved this trilogy and am enthralled by Kim Stanley Robinson’s writing of the future.

Definitely moving on to his other books and amazed at how much thought he puts into his futuristic writing and how life will work.

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Masterful

just finished Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. I am in total awe at how incredible his science fiction writing is. His entire series was brilliantly written, throughly researched and outstandingly thought provoking. You’ll ride a wave of emotions as he forces you to ask questions and think deeply about life and death, relationships, the climate, politics, family, science, mathematics and so many other topics. I can’t recommend the Red Mars trilogy enough. Even if you aren’t fascinated by space and science, I promise you’ll laugh, cry, cringe while reading. Blue Mars, however is, in my opinion, the greatest of the three. Incredibly captivating. Very very good.

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I love Kim Stanley Robinson

In his books, Robinson creates a fictional reality, in which people are being people, humans with many facets, full and captivating. There's a fascinating mix of imagination and knowledge. So I love the Mars Trilogy.

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Great end to trilogy.

A little long winded at times, but overall an enjoyable end to the three book series.

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wonderful vision of the future

the writing is rich and deep and the plot moves at its own pace. the ideas span from humans settling asteroids at the edge of the solar system to minutia of memory and the structure of consciousness itself. the vision of the future and realistic and detailed and does not rely on military conflict to provide excitement.
the performance of the reader is great. just enough inflection to keep the reader engaged. fortunately, he does not try to put on a female voice when speaking female parts. that never sounds good in my opinion.

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A wonderful conclusion

What a nice vision of humanities first major step into the Expanse. Now we have a roadmap.

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The end of an epic

The end of an epic story so real you'll feel like you have lived it. Great series!

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Too long

Good story but way too long winded. No wonder I could not finish the book the first time. Audio book was better than paper in that regard.

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  • TomNI
  • 08-24-18

beautifull

First the story goes away from our heroes and I felt like loosing interest. But at the end it all comes back together. nice and beautifull

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  • BEHNAZ
  • 06-08-16

strong woman

it is interesting that how all the leaders are women with a suporter passionate man :-)

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  • Chris
  • 07-22-15

An absolute must for any Sci-Fi Fan!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, the Third installment of the Mars Trilogy didn't disappoint me at all.

This book has also aged remarkably well, with technology which is still as relevant and is looking ever more probably.

The Story was evoking and had me completely enthralled.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Mars?

I enjoyed the continued development of Mars in terms of Terra-forming, Ecology & Society. It was exciting to read about the increasingly distant relationship between Earth and Mars and the shifting balance of power in the Solar System.

What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Richard Ferrone gave an outstanding performance, with clear distinction between characters and a real sense of passion in the delivery.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Evolutionary & Revolutionary Mars

Any additional comments?

Well worth a read

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  • S.
  • 09-04-18

Magnificent. Just magnificent.

A truly magnificent story, and wonderfully narrated by Richard Ferrone. I highly recommend all the books in the Mars trilogy. I honestly dont know where to begin in how the imagination, research, and sheer vision of these books completely changed the course of my life. And as someone who retrained as a geoscientist as a result of this series, I dont say that lightly. Please, do yourselves a favour and take the time to listen to the messages within it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-17-16

read the other two then stop

not the epic conclusion you would respect from a third novel on a series. read books one and two and stop.