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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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A true "Space Cowboy" and Hero of Honor.

Would you listen to John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' again? Why?

Repeatedly. The voice narrative was really balanced between the emotion and intelligence of all the storyline characters; even Woola

What did you like best about this story?

John Carter is a strategist. He acts and reacts with precision.

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

Haven't listened to any of Scott Brick's other performances but I would love to . . .

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

When Tars Tarkas decreed Sarkoja final ultimatum and her response. . . .

Any additional comments?

Love John Carter and will definitely be continuing my journey with him on Audible. . . .

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Great story and excellently read

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Carter as he is the sole primary character

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

This was my first Scott Brick performance. I've now heard all three of his Barsoom books and feel that he does a great job for this type of book. The many different species are all given a specific voice type.

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

Hard to put down would be the term for the written novel. I listened in about 2-3 hour spurts and was engaged through most of it.

Any additional comments?

I picked up this book because of how much I liked the movie. Forget the movie. The book is much better and Scott Brick's performance is very well done

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Decent Story, but Lacking!

Any additional comments?

There are many points I'd like to make in this review.

- For being a book written in the early 1900's, the "sci-fi" was great. Such imagination and quite descriptive to actually provide a picture in the readers head.

- Normally I read a book before watching a movie, and even then I approach both without prejudice to the other. However, in this case, I thought the movie was much better. I believe my reasoning is in the fact that the movie gets to the next big points of the story that much quicker. Still a decent read, although I might not continue on in the series.

- John Carter himself was amazing, as well as a few of his supporting characters. Edgar Rice Burroughs portrays John as loyal, fierce, determined, and a respectful man. In other words, he makes him the perfect package complete with looks, strength, and attitude. Which definitely made it worthwhile.

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  • Gr
  • 03-02-14

Movie is better

The story was good and I like the narration. I read this book after I saw the movie. While there are a significant amount of similarities, the movie actually alters the story line a bit that explains some things that were glossed over and not clarified in the book. While it is not true very often, I actually liked the movie better.

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A pleasing voice that doesn't overplay the part

I really enjoyed this version of the book, the reading what pleasing to the ear. I listened to the excerpts of other readings of this book, and I felt put off by the (probably) fake Southern accents being used for the title character. Some didn't fall into the trap, but they don't continue on into the series as yet, and I prefer to stay with the same narrator if possible.

For this book, I feel that Scott Brick did a wonderful job. Some people have decried his reading as monotonous, but I would characterize it as plain and calm, until we get to a point in the book where action or drama is taking place. At those moments his voice changes pitch and he begins to speak more forcefully, making the moment more poignant and exciting.

As for the story, it is what it is. Pulp fiction with a message the author wanted to send to his audience. I felt that quite a few of the events were stretching the credulity of the reader and were just a bit too convenient, but it was a gripping tale and kept me gripped to the end, excited for the next book.

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This narrator matched the writing

What did you love best about John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'?

This is who superman is based off of. Well written and narratered

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course john carter who else?

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Been a fan of his since the dune saga

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

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I loved this story beginning to end

What did you love best about John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'?

Honorable lead character, an Earth-to-Mars and back again tale. Heavy on exploration, discovery, and bold actions taken in the name of true love & justice! :D

What did you like best about this story?

Between the writing and excellent performance, I felt as though I had been transported to the red planet, nearly as completely as Mr. Carter himself.

Exploration; of a entirely new world, revealed in both macro and micro scale to the reader.
Battles; both personal hand-to-hand, and on an epic scale.
Friendship, love, and justice; while the characters besides Carter are not particularly deep, there is a wide variety, and a certain honesty to be found in all of them.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

The lead, John Carter, though Scott Brick can do no wrong :)

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

Edge of my seat, I absolutely devoured this book.

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  • Nou
  • Midlothian, TX, United States
  • 07-11-13

Awesome!!!

Any additional comments?

I started to listen after I saw the movie. I wanted more information. Love this book!!! I was a little skeptical of Scott Brick at first because I haven't heard him before, but he moves the story so much better than all the other samples I listened to.

I love the love hate relationship between all the characters. I have to listen to the rest of the series!

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  • Ron
  • Asheboro, NC, USA
  • 05-25-13

Great Clasic

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

Yes, It kept my interest from start to finish, and I plan to get the next book in the series.

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The original better than the movie

If you could sum up John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' in three words, what would they be?

Fun, thrilling, otherworldly

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tars Tarkas

Which scene was your favorite?

I do not want to give anything away.

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

It made me laugh, hold my breath, and to get more of the series

Any additional comments?

The 1st book of many written in the early 1900s. It is amazing that the author had so many insights on the devices of the future (present day). It is also amazing how many of today's authors are impacted by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This story wasa fun and enjoyable listen during my drive to and from work.