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Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

Published in 1911, A Princess of Mars introduced a popular series of novels recounting John Carter's Martian exploits. Author Edgar Rice Burroughs, best known as the creator of Tarzan, employed a new style of writing that combined the genres of fantasy, adventure, and science fiction. His imaginative setting - an advanced but decaying civilization in which Olympian heroics play out against malevolent forces and ever-changing fortunes - endures as a timeless world, in which love, honor, and loyalty form the basis for fast-paced romantic adventures.

Public Domain (P)2012 Tantor

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  • Hapachick
  • New York, NY United States
  • 09-15-13

terrible narration

Narrator puts me to sleep every time. Has repetitive cadence and unnatural way of emphasizing words.

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great old story, easier to listen than read

Where does John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

middle of the pack.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I listened to it on a long drive and it made the time pass without really making my brain think too hard

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

since it's a story about a man, a hero, written in first person, it made it seem smoother, more real

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I actually listened to it in two sittings, 4 hours driving there, 4 hours driving back.

Any additional comments?

old stories like this I find easier to listen to than read. Must be that it uses a different part of the brain. Not as hard to stay focused on the outdated writing style. I have a lot of classics in my library.

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  • Eric
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 07-02-12

Can't Hollywood ever do it right?

After seeing the movie and being intrigued by the storyline, I had to get this book. I was not disappointed with this read. Sure there were places and parts that were a little too unbelieveable or dragged out, but the ending was a solid right hook that left me with a lump in my throat.

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  • Matt
  • Camarillo, CA, United States
  • 05-16-12

Good Read

Would you try another book from Edgar Rice Burroughs and/or Scott Brick?

I believe I will finish the series, good story overall. .

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration of Scoot Brick on this last book was less than great. He just came across as so apathetic; this isn’t the story of Eeyore on Mars. I could use a little bit of life brought to the story.

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Not that great, but very interesting.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yeap, time well-spent because the historical value of this novel.

Would you recommend John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' to your friends? Why or why not?

Not to any friend. The plot is good and interesting but the text is as old as it should be. It actually requires some effort of the reader to accept the style of the text. Also, it's important to have in mind that originally A Princes of Mars was published in pulp magazines in a serialized fashion, which make the time span of the story a little convoluted.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is not that good on this one. Sometimes I couldn't simple understand him, the fact that english is not my native language also doesn't help (altough I actually do understand english very well and had awesome experiences with others Audible books).

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yeap, already did.

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Good stoy - strange reader

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

Probably not, because of the reader.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Liked them equally.

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

Wow, did EVERY sentence in this book end with an explanation point .It made it difficult to listen to when the reader sounded like every word and sentence was going to end in an explosive action or comment.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I could only tolerate this reader for 20-30 minutes at a time. Too bad, the book and author are very good.

Any additional comments?

I'll keep my eyes out for this reader ,so I can avoid him .Sorry , Scott!

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book is better than movie

I always thought the movie was great until I read the book and now see why so many people don't like the Movie!

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Really Good!

It's hard to believe this book is over a 100 years old. While a more direct writing style than what you see today, this story is ahead of it's time. Yes it's Mars, but if you can suspend disbelief a little, you'll find a very enjoyable story.

And the reading by Scott Brick is fantastic.

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Best V.A. you'll find for the series

super clear, good voices, worth buying the 3 book individually (this really should be a collection though)

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great early science fiction

Burroughs is one of the very early science fiction writers of the 20th century. Published in serial form in 1912 it is an example of the forward looking thinking of that generation. A love story, a military thriller, a technology review. It incorporates some of the then current thinking about Mars and a futuristic vision extrapolated from that thinking. All wrapped up in a good, what we would now call, space opera format. Well worth the reading and certainly well worth the listening.