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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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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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The attitudes of 1920's society reflected in sci-fi

This story is very racist and clearly reflects the beliefs and attitudes of the early 20th century towards different civilizations that they don't understand and don't value. It is a marked departure from modern thinking on other cultures but helps to remind me that in some ways we haven't evolved as far as we think we have.

But, that being said, this is a very well written book. I enjoyed the prose and the performance by the storyteller was great!

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Didn't compare

well I saw the movie before I read the book. Of course it didn't compare, and in the movie they had to make it kid friendly. So listening to this book had me on the fence.

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Sappy, Creative, and Swashbuckling

If you want an exciting adventure, a heroic protagonist, and damsel in distress, this might be just the book for you.

The writing is a highly romanticized style where everything is a dire threat that the hero must overcome and, of course, he will: all for love.

This book is sappy, creative, and has the soul of a swashbuckling science fiction adventure.

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  • Kieran
  • BRENTWOOD, NY, United States
  • 02-12-17

I remember reading this story but hearing it

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing could have made it better. This is a story that was written a long time ago and the constant repeating of some words over and over again shows just how archaic the writting is.

What could Edgar Rice Burroughs have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not much when you remember that he wrote this book so long ago that the language uses is now considered quaint and long out of date.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

Not sure that it would matter.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did not love the audio book that is true since it really brought out the age of the story.

Any additional comments?

Sad to say the Mars adventure that I read as a young man almost wishing that I were Carter himself is gone. I wish it were otherwise but the story does not age well.

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Steadily building story. Good narrator.

Between the story and the narrator, both of them rather good, it was very easy to finish this book within two days.

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the southern gentleman planetarium

it was great caricatures, story and reliable with super powers slow in getting there,honor,patients,and preplanning

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Loved it!

Contextually when the story was written needs to be understood. So don't expect an accurate scientific account.
The story is so unexpected, exciting and written in such a refreshing fashion that I could not put it down.
Highly imaginative, intriguing and crafted.
I would recommend to anyone looking for a good story and something to listen too and enjoy.

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  • Christy
  • Harrisonburg, VA United States
  • 09-11-16

A Landmark Novel, but Not a Classic

I picked this up because I had heard that it was a landmark work of science fiction. I like scifi and adventure stories, so this seemed right up my alley. Sadly, this novel is very much a product of its times and has not aged well. The story reeks of sexism and "white man's burden," in an earnest and unreflecting way that's extremely off-putting. The protagonist is the most shameless example of a Mary Sue that I've ever seen in a serious novel. If you want to read a scifi / fantasy adventure novel, you could do far better.