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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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Long-Tedious exploration of terra-formed Mars.

This is a very long and difficult listen. It does bring the story of the colonization of Mars to an end, but it seems to take two lifetimes (with gerantological treatments) to get through it...wonderful for insomniacs, but would not recommend this as a listen whilst driving...sleep potential through the endless descriptions and narrations is just too big a risk!!

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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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Absolutely Amazing!!

I loved every second of this amazing series! It has ignited a new imagination and re-affirmed my love for sciencr, science fiction and my hopes for humanity!

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emotional ending to a great series.

blue Mars is much less action packed than the previous installments in the trilogy, but was much more emotionally fulfilling for me.

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A great ending

not as exciting as the first but characters you love keep you invested. feels complete.

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The reader just gets better

A worthwhile continuation of the saga with some satisfying emotional political and relational conclusions - the reader really captures the different personalities as they age and reliably reports all the science bits as well, this time exploring some interesting applications of quantum mechanics as well as the biology geology and physics of previous books in the series.

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the best of three

should be required reading for every civics class. simply astonishing! stands up well even with all the tech changes, because of its humanity. Genius.

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Too long but awesome

If you have read the first two you have to have this one. I am a huge fan of the narrator.

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Boring.

A story that spans about a century in which not much seems to happen. Disappointing end to the series. Sigh

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

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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  • 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.