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Red Mars Audiobook

Red Mars

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

Although it is fiction, Red Mars is based on years of research. As living spaces and greenhouses multiply, an astonishing panorama of our galactic future rises from the red dust. Through Richard Ferrone's narration, each scene is energized with the designs and dreams of the extraordinary pioneers.

©1993 Kim Stanley Robinson; (P)2000 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1993

"Generously blending hard science with canny insight into human strengths and weaknesses, this suspenseful sf saga should appeal to a wide range of readers." (Library Journal)
"The ultimate in future history." (Daily Mail)

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    Steven Hudson, WI, United States 07-31-11
    Steven Hudson, WI, United States 07-31-11 Member Since 2014
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    "RED planet"

    The physics are way off. This book is more about communism and marxist dogma than science fiction.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Encinitas, CA, United States 11-05-10
    Jan Encinitas, CA, United States 11-05-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Tedious"

    Although there are some interesting descriptions in this book, they are WAY too long and get in the way of the story. I found the book so tedious, I simply didn't finish it, which is very rare for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy 03-14-10
    Old Hippy 03-14-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Most boring SciFi I've ever read ...."

    Would give this zero stars if allowed. I lasted about 6 hours, and couldn't take it anymore. It starts off with the protagonist setting up and observing the killing of his "friend" and de facto leader of the colony. Then reverts back to before they left for Mars and drags you through hours and hours of tedium (and adolescent sex drives) while on the flight out. The protagonist (Frank) is a self-centered, unlikeable sort. The dead guy is actually quite a good fellow. So, where do you go with this? The author goes nowhere. Finally, I started skipping forward hour by hour to see if things pick up, but it just crawls on with more of the same. It would appear the only thing going on of any note are the various political struggles. The author seems incapable of making you give a red rat's rear about any of it. Save yourself (and a credit) while you can.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Aurora, CO, USA 08-10-09
    Brandon Aurora, CO, USA 08-10-09
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    "slow"

    I am sure the book is good, But it is slow. A lot of intricate details that do not add to the story.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jef Austin, TX, USA 04-25-08
    Jef Austin, TX, USA 04-25-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Wake me when something happens"

    I love this genre. Loved Ben Bova's story of Mars. Bought this because it was a Nebula Award winner. Must be good, right? This story went nowhere. It was a longwinded description of people living on Mars. Nothing much happened, except for a little anti-terraforming plot that was anti-climactic. There wasn't even much in the way of character development in all those hours of nothing.

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    Airedale 11-14-17
    Airedale 11-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A great start to awesome Sci-Fi trilogy"

    Red Mars is an awsome, inspiring and is the most well researched book about Mars to date. By itself it is one of the most compelling books that i have ever read, but combined with Blue Mars and Green Mars, makes the greatest Sci Fi trilogy ever written.
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    Alex 11-13-17
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    "Life on Mars"

    An expansive saga that begins with the first 100 settlers. It continues into the future encompassing complicated relationships, The politics of progress that are for or against terraforming, etc. The detail and flow of this book has made it my favorite. This is a hard sci-fi book encompassing many fields of science.

    I do alot of driving. Some books are difficult to listen to when driving late into the night. I become drowsy leading to unsafe driving. This book keeps my attention in such an engaging way that I would end up parked in the driveway unwilling to stop!

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    "Great story with wonderful narration"

    Loved listening to every minute of this. Great narration and an exciting, unpredictable story. Made me feel like a kid waiting impatiently for the next chapter of a bedtime story every day.

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    Peter Loeb Caldenhof 09-25-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent sci-fi"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book and won't go into a lot of the stuff that other reviewers have already said. I'm only chiming in to add some very specific critical reflections about it as food for thought about some issues I don't think get very much attention, but that I nevertheless feel are important.

    My criticism is about the book's understanding and presentation of the social sciences. The first colony takes off with 100 scientists of all matter of specializations, yet there isn't a single social scientist among them. No Lawyer, economist, administrator or accountant etc. Not one specialist in human organization, government and the structures that make modern society and economies function, although the expedition is meant to found a permanent colony, not just a scientific base of operations.

    As if these questions were something the other, "proper" scientists could just solve as amateurs, not complex problems that require specialization, rational thought and creative application to real life not unlike what engineers do in the nature sciences. Not to speak of having an actual trained civil servant to organize and supervise in loco the colonization plans established on earth before take off, which in itself is pretty unrealistic.

    I found this treatment of the subject matter quite strange precisely because of the otherwise very deep and realistic understanding of the book of the miriad of issues that the colonization of mars raises, from all the hard sciences as well as psychology and human interaction and group dynamics. Everything matters except socioeconomic and political-juridical organization of the colonization process? In fact, these questions are constantly being debated in the book, but they are not part of scientific mission itself and only concretely appear later in the form ot stereotypical american cliché of powerhungry and useless "bureucrats", not in terms of "bureaucracy" in its technical sense. Not one of the major characters comes from this areas of study and brings this unique way of thinking to the book, in contrast to all the other deep discussions presented.

    Sadly, this attitude is very disappointing, as this layer (government, law, economic production etc.) of an international mars colony project would be actually as challenging and interesting as the technological problems of survival and terraforming and hence, as deserving of a scientific approach as the ones related to the natural sciences. I'm definitely going to read the whole series and still liked the book very much though. Just wanted to raise this point as something to be discussed as an important aspect of any science fiction and even more so for the speculation about a possible real life mars project.

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    Wayne 09-04-17
    Wayne 09-04-17
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    "An excellently imagined possibility for Mars"

    I enjoyed the balance between the scientific and the interpersonal struggles. this book makes the reader think about what will happen if mars is colonized.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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