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When tough-talking biker babe Jane Carver accidentally deals a death blow to the unfortunate guy who gropes her outside a California biker bar, she makes a run for it - and wakes up naked on an alien planet called Waar. Thus begins Nathan Long's Jane Carver of Waar: Waar, Book 1, a hilarious satire on the ribald, retro space fantasies of the 20th century. Soon, Jane's hopelessly wrapped up in bizarre adventures on this planet of sky-pirates and gladiators, including a bid to help a fallen nobleman win back his sexy space princess. Listeners will be bewitched by actress Dina Pearlman's portrayal of Jane, whose Marlboro-cured voice and confident panache makes her swashbuckling space adventures a delightful listen.

Publisher's Summary

Jane Carver is nobody's idea of a space princess. A hard-ridin', hard-lovin' biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time - and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she's ever known. Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger-men, sky-pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a bloodthirsty code of honor and chivalry. Caught up in a disgraced nobleman's quest to win back the hand of a sexy alien princess, Jane encounters bizarre wonders and dangers unlike anything she ever ran into back home. Then again, Waar has never seen anyone like Jane before.

Both a loving tribute and scathing parody of the swashbuckling space fantasies of yore, Jane Carver of Waar introduces an unforgettable new science-fiction heroine. Nathan Long is a screen and prose writer with two movies, a Saturday-morning adventure series, and several TV episodes to his name. His official website is: www.sabrepunk.com.

©2012 Nathan Long (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Ijw
  • Cochise, AZ, United States
  • 01-07-15

Good, Clean (mostly) Fun

First off, don't avoid this book because you haven't read "John Carter of Mars". This book stands quite well on it's own. I only tried to read that book after enjoying "Jane" so much, but in comparison "John" is rather boring. (personal opinion, ymmv).

This author has taken the blue-print provided by "John Carter of Mars" and sculpted a very entertaining read. It is rather like comparing black & white movies with technicolor. The original will always be referred to as "classic" but reinterpretations can add detail, flavor and nuance to improve the trope.

"Jane" has brought humor as well as a well fleshed out (in both senses) female character to the table. Read it, it's just plain fun.

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very good hack and slay. clean, some swearing

Would you consider the audio edition of Jane Carver of Waar to be better than the print version?

don't know did not read it yet. but loved the audio.

What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

easy to sit back and do other things while the book is on ( housework). lol her voice is easy on the ears.

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

When Jane gets back to Earth. and wants to go back. at first she thinks she has been sent to...??? .lol

Any additional comments?

try it

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  • Sherry
  • Daly City, CA, United States
  • 11-22-14

Not ashamed to 'read' this book..

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

I would have to select the right person to read this book, they'd really have to have an open mind and a great sense of humor

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Carver of Waar?

I just love when she returns to Waar and is totally willing to give up on our not so interesting world here

Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Dina is always a strong voice but, I always seem to associate her with Jane. It's just such a unique character

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Too many laughs to count!

Any additional comments?

Just 'do it' and listen to Jane talk about her adventures...Hysterical from a woman's viewpoint of some wimpy Dudes-exposed...

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HOW FREAKING FUN

Loved every word spoken to tell this story. Mistress J is a hoot on to book 2

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I'm in love with a Big Pink Biker Chick!

Would you listen to Jane Carver of Waar again? Why?

I loved this Series. I usually don't read Sci-Fi, but this sucked me in from the beginning.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Carver of Waar?

Mr Long has written the most kick ass heroine. Her voice is so funny and real. Throw me into another world and I would be letting the F bombs go too.

What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The performance of Ms. Pearlman is is perfect. That rough voice and her sarcastic delivery is right on.

Any additional comments?

Mr. Long and Ms. Pearlman make a wonderful combination. Funny, funny, funny!

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Jane is not one of my heroines

What did you like best about Jane Carver of Waar? What did you like least?

It started out interesting but fizzled for me. Jane is not someone I am attracted to I guess I did not relate to her and did not find her interesting.

Was Jane Carver of Waar worth the listening time?

Some might like it I just quit after a while.

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  • Tamara
  • Vista, CA, United States
  • 12-09-14

Grammar Nazis Avoid!

I can deal with language variances for "aliens and other races" but a gal from L.A. using "me" improperly (ie: "me and him went and did xyz") got very old, quite fast ... perhaps if her dialog was completely askew it wouldn't have been so intolerable /shrugs

Personally, I felt like the narrator was yelling at me the entire book. I had to take breaks strictly for this reason.

FYI

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Poor Rip Off of John Carter

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who has not read the real thing in the John Carter series by Burroughs

Has Jane Carver of Waar turned you off from other books in this genre?

No just this writer

What didn’t you like about Dina Pearlman’s performance?

The voices turned me off But mostly the story was lame at best.

What character would you cut from Jane Carver of Waar?

All

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Not even 2 dimensional

Alright, John Carter of Mars was written in the infancy of Science Fiction. I always enjoyed its simplicity and straight forwardness. The characters in it a two dimensional because of that infancy. This book is less than that. For one, I hate swearing in Science fiction. It is a genre that doesn't need it. 2. I TRIED to get into this book with the same excitement that I have for A Princess of Mars but I just couldn't finish it. The author tried too hard to be like ERB and failed in the attempt.

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Nothing special

Great performance but story was nothing special. Another present-day heroine with attitude sent to past/primitive society with typical sarcastic remarks at the appropriate situations. Having read a few urban fantasy novels with female leads recently, the typical sarcastic attitude has been getting tiring, despite the great performances of the narrators. Whether it's the performances being similar or the heroine's sassy attitude or the first person perspective, or the combination of all three, which do tend to go together in modern style fantasy these days, I feel like the modern female heroine has consolidated into one personality. I haven't read the John Carter book but saw the movie. This book has such a similar plot that there isn't really any point. The other reviews made me so optimistic that the new take on the story would make it fresh, or extra witty, but it was all just too shallow. If it's trying to be a spoof, it failed dismally.

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