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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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    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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    Liz Wicks 11-03-16
    Liz Wicks 11-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "in depth and well researched vision of Mars"

    Great story packed with science. A very well thought out epic about Mars. Looking forward to the next two books.

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    Hawksbill Michigan 09-29-16
    Hawksbill Michigan 09-29-16
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    "A fantastic colonization story."

    Some of the best hard science fiction ever written. KSR at his best. A book I love to reread.

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    Carrie Dallas, TX, United States 09-13-16
    Carrie Dallas, TX, United States 09-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Awful people being awful to each other."

    I can't finish this book. I've tried--it was recommended as excellent sci-fi by someone I thought was a reliable source. I even bought the Kindle version through the Audible deal! Maybe I'll eventually just skim the story and read the sciency bits...

    Alas, lots of boring character drama between and introspection about a group of truly unlikeable characters. The Moody Russian, American Golden Boy, and Jealous American Grasper, among others. Too much adolescent angst--and behavior --for a group of scientists settling a planet. It's just unpleasant, uninteresting, and otherwise blah.

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    Joshua A Hines 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Intricate political drama"
    What aspect of Richard Ferrone’s performance would you have changed?

    Better character voices.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The first 100


    Any additional comments?

    If you're thinking about getting this, know that the first chapter occurs in the middle of the timeline of events that take place. I was confused by this at first. Another thing to note is that the narrator has about two voices and until you learn what characters are in a particular scene, it can be sometime tricky to know who is talking. The novel takes place chronologically for the most part from about five different people's perspective as well which can also make it challenging to follow along. The novel itself is very detailed which is great for some but I believe could have been condensed just slightly as the story tends to stall in great chunks. Then the novel just ends without a real sense of conclusion. Knowing that their are two other novels though, this isn't really a bad thing. In a way, I think you could sort of say that this is a bit like Game of Thrones on Mars.

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    Dust2Dust02 09-02-16
    Dust2Dust02 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Kind of SPOILERS - Tech manual"

    This reads more like a tech manual at times. Heavy handed on the realism/racism with the Arabs being what they are in this book (not really spoiler but kind of). Also the idea everyone loses their damn minds is a little hard to swallow to a point... Interesting story but just not entertaining. YMMV. My friends loved the series. so...

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    Centavo Hämming 09-01-16
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    "A book worthy of a world"

    There are truths about ourselves we humans will only discover once we leave Earth. But it seems Robinson has glimpsed some of them, somehow.

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  • Jason
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    4/23/09
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    "Boring"

    I note that it is highly rated by many people but I found it over-long with stereotypical characters one couldn't empathise with. The book is often commended for its well researched detail but the amount of detail acts as padding and gets in the way of the story - an encyclopaedia may have lots of well researched detail but that doesn't make it a good novel.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • N. Price
    8/12/10
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    "Epic scope, pedestrian delivery"

    Let's start with the positives: the audio production of this recording is excellent and the narrator is top notch.

    The book itself is epic in scope and tells the story of the settlement and terraforming of Mars in great detail. As far as I can ascertain, the author's research is impeccable and the descriptions of Martian geography and scientific processes are inspired.

    So, what's the problem?

    Well, there's the length, and there's the pace of the story. Even if it were only half its current length, this would be a big book. To sustain such a long narrative, you would hope for interesting characters, lively prose and plenty of incident and excitement. Sadly, all of these ingredients are absent.

    The story unfolds at a glacial pace and the author studiously avoids anything approaching adventure. There are storms, but everyone survives them without too much difficulty. There are many journeys, all of them long, during which little or nothing happens. A mystery is solved in a dull and perfuctory fashion.

    Events do finally take a more interesting turn in the final third of the book, but even so, there is too little danger and too much talk.

    The prose is functional and competent but nothing more. The characters are flat and two-dimensional and given to delivering set speeches on scientific and political topics. Many of the minor characters seem to be there solely to provide information dumps.

    There is plenty of New Age philosophising and cross-cultural apologetics along the way, all of which is no doubt very worthy, but this listener soon tired of it and longed for something interesting to happen. Some sections of this book sound like an attempt at dramatising whole articles from Wikipedia.

    So: a long book which is well read and which has some fascinating scientific detail, but which offers little in the way of excitement or interesting characterisation.

    I love science fiction, but I'm afraid that I found 'Red Mars' very dull.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    11/11/16
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    "Epic. very long but worth it! "

    very long but worth it! Thought provoking while being enjoyably. so many different aspects, philosophies and ideas combined into one great narrative.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Loughborough, England
    7/9/12
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    "red mars"

    Promised much but never delivered this book was so slow I gave up on it as not worth the time to listen

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ozzymandias
    Mistworld
    9/26/13
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    "I'd rather read an encyclopedia"

    As a young boy I loved reading about the solar system and looking at the beautiful pictures in encyclopedias. Some time ago I was recommended this series by a fellow researcher and I have to say that this book and series is disappointing.

    The book is stilted and plods, there is no real sense of drama or dynamism. You also never really get a sense of the scene being properly set, there are lots of place names thrown about but little or no descriptive writing that makes you feel anything about the place.

    This also extends to the characters, I couldn't feel anything really positive towards any of them, I frequently found myself thinking so what? They all seem to be petty, small minded and a little annoying or otherwise bland stereotypes.

    Getting through the book was very arduous and painful - even just listening. I have listened to the whole series and they don't get better. The book and series promised lots and delivered very little.

    Bland and uninspired.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle
    Broendby StrandDenmark
    9/7/09
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    "Big Snooze"

    The books flits about from one (of the many characters) to another without going into depth and allowing you the chance to empathise. This makes their petty squabbles as to how the planet should be handled irrelevant to the reader. You never really get to understand the reasoning behind each characters stand point only their actions as to what they will do to protect their way of thinking. I also bought the sequels Green and Blue - and it doesn't get any better or more interesting.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • ColinH
    Cambridge, England
    7/17/17
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    "Inspiring epic sci fi classic."

    This is not a novel to approach expecting lots of action and adventure, but at the same time I did not find it plodding or dry. It is a long book, and judging by some of the other reviews, too long for many people, but it is this epic scope that I enjoyed. I think a book about the colonisation, and eventual terraforming of Mars, which takes place over many decades, requires that depth.

    Though they are very different in scope, it reminded me a little of "The Martian", by Andy Weir. Obviously the two novels both have Mars as a setting, but far more than this, they share a thoroughly researched, close attention to scientific detail.

    I have been reading a lot recently about Elon Musk's SpaceX efforts to establish a colony on Mars, and it was those news stories that led me to "Red Mars". When reading Science fiction, I want it to be about big ideas, and to transport me, in my imagination, into that future world. This achieved that. I don't know if Musk's plans will succeed, but through this novel, I am starting to believe a little more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jonas
    6/1/17
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    "heaven to sticklers for detail. "

    Long winded at times, this book really goes into great scientific detail on a lot of subjects while spinning a great narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jack
    2/2/17
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    "Worth it... Mostly?"

    I enjoyed it. And I really tried to keep enjoying it. Alas, the characters suck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E. Robinson
    Edinburgh
    7/11/16
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    "Sorry"

    Im not sure what the 5 stars reviews were on about. I thought it was just terrible with the performance being among the poorest I have listened to. :-(

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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