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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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    Christopher 01-22-17
    Christopher 01-22-17
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    "OK"

    The book starts out slow enough that I almost stopped listening several times. However, once it gets rolling it is fairly enjoyable. That is about all I can say about it. If you have nothing better to do, this book is an OK read.

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    Zachary Murray 01-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Goal for Humanity to Reach For"
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    I can't get enough of this book, and the subsequent two. I've listened to the audiobook at least 5 times now. It is sprawling, and a little meandering at times, but that appears to be deliberate by the author. This book holds a mirror up to humanity as it stands now, and dares it to move forward into what it can be.

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    Robert F. Jones 01-12-17
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    "Personal"

    Some science. A lot of politics. Dragged at the end.
    Will not go onto the next book in the series

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    Ahmad 12-22-16
    Ahmad 12-22-16 Member Since 2017

    Curious as a cat

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    "Xenophobic SciFi"

    for some reason this book seems to be written by Donald Trump.
    as if those privileged pioneers has the right to "build a wall" around Mars and make earthlings pay for it!?!
    SciFi part is nice. but the sexuality is over exaggerated.
    also, the author needs to do some research about other cultures before putting his own speculations cloaked as facts.
    looking forward to reading "Green Mars"

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    Ronan Joseph 12-11-16
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    "Did not live up to the hype"

    It really bogged down and was too boring to finish even as a sci-fi fan.

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    Robert G. Barker 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A plausible vision"

    It's 20'years old but it still holds up as the best tale on the exploration and colonization of Mars. It looks at it scientifically, sociologically, economically and geopolitically. Do you attempt to terraform the surface or keep it as pristine as possible? Who benefits from the resources? Very enjoyable first book of a trilogy.

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    Eyres 12-01-16
    Eyres 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "good book"

    good one dude it really rocks please read it it's good one I've I've I've

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    Zordak 11-29-16
    Zordak 11-29-16
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    "Excellent Read, A SciFi Must"

    I first read Red Mars 15 years ago as a young adult. It was a fascinating look into the science and psychology of exploring and settling life on a new planet. Kim Stanley Robinson creates an in depth world of 100 characters with great personalities and fun interactions, and explores what it might take to terraform Mars. Taken as an allegory for the settlement and eventual war for independence of the United States, the story has a lot to say about American history. Taken as is, it's classic science fiction. I really enjoyed the narrator's voice making the book come alive. Can't wait to jump into books 2 and 3!

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    Kevin Anderson 11-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful hard sci-fi with light philosophy"

    Fun story all around with many dimensions. Hard science and engineering, political science, philosophy, religion, ecology, civil liberties, aging, secondary and tertiary effects, and Martian vs Terran perspectives. This is going to be a repeat listen for sure. The narration was voiced well and naturally, but I knocked off a star for a couple of editing mistakes that took me out of the story.

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    Judith Ohio 11-06-16
    Judith Ohio 11-06-16
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    "Too much detail about science"
    What would have made Red Mars better?

    I think I am in the minority here, but I couldn't get through the first third of this first volume. So much detail about the science, not enough plot, did not care about the characters. Really great concept. I might try it again.


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