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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.

    11 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Akron, OH, United States 04-25-17
    Joan Akron, OH, United States 04-25-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great ideas, awful literature"

    Sprawling and intriguing vision of Mars colonization suffers from using two-dimensional characters, including outdated ethnic stereotypes, as the plot vehicle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin B. 04-11-17
    Justin B. 04-11-17
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    "excellent book. "

    despite being 20+ years old has aged well. still quite relevant. great performance by reader

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bartek Warsaw, Poland 04-07-17
    Bartek Warsaw, Poland 04-07-17
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    "A Major Disappointment"

    Terraforming of Mars: an ambitious project, the book could have been a real Opus Magnum. However, execution is rather sloppy.

    Characters are one-dimensional and unlikable. One is permanently angry, one is bipolar, one resembles Orwellian Boxer the Horse. Puzzling long monologues on how to create workers' paradise, with whom to sleep or whether Arab culture is welcome on Mars. No trace of humour, and these monologues fill most of the book - almost unbearable.

    Colonization of Mars seems a stroll in the park - resources are apparently abundant as soon after establishing the base colonists start to build and deploy thousands of windmills to warm up the atmosphere (I almost abandoned the book here). They happily build towns and roads, apparently facing no technical issues. Within a single lifespan - as first colonists are still alive and vigorous - Mars starts a revolution against the Earth rule, and only then things become a little rough.

    I didn't like the narrator either. Had to listen at 115% of original pace to resemble the standard narration.

    The book certainly has its strengths: a bigger-than-life idea of terraforming, well depicted details of the Mars surface or an attempt to discuss political implications of colonization of another planet. Still, annoying characters are successful in killing the story. They are the major reason for avoiding any other book by Robinson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith H. 04-05-17
    Keith H. 04-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story ruined by bad politics"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story was almost great and i really wanted to like it, but the politics ruined it for me. If you're a card carrying socialist and a fan of hard sci-fi, this book is for you.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kim Stanley Robinson again?

    no. had i read his bio before i got the book, i would have skipped this one too.


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    Odd 03-29-17
    Odd 03-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Attempts to be deep, ends up superficial"

    Struggles between hyper realism and juvenile attempts at philosophy. I have seen several people complain about shallow or flat characters, but here I disagree. The characters are not flat, rather they are pretty realistic, which I guess is not common in literature, simply because real people ARE kinda shallow and boring and flat (which makes for boring reading). Capable characters with interesting personalities? You'll find none of these in this book. Here they are all idiots and in the end I was just wishing all the characters already introduced would be killed off. I almost got my wish...
    Science was ok for the most part, engineering seems to be the authors strong suit. The tangents into philosophy, history, psychology and political theory was on the level of drunken conversations between 18-year-olds.
    In the end you don't care about the story (the little of it there is) because you actively hate the characters. The only part of the book that I enjoyed was the first third or so when they built the initial colony. No story to talk of here, but good descriptions of problem solving and novel solutions to the Martian environment. It's a shame really that the author decided to cram in a boring political drama and a love-triangle. The author does drama about as well as an elephant flies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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