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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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    Bill G. 07-28-16
    Bill G. 07-28-16
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    "Too much love story, not enough Sci-Fi"

    There was just way too much love story in this for any male reader IMO. I'd only recommend this to women who are into Sci-Fi and love stories. Definitely not my cup of tea! Won't be reading the other two in the series. If you're looking for a Sci-Fi book about life on other planets that not full of love stories, then I suggest you stick with male writers. That's what I'm doing from here on out.

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    Alexei 1961 07-10-16
    Alexei 1961 07-10-16

    I was born a long time ago in a small town far, far, away. Tanta stultitia mortalium est.

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    "Gets Better With Time... KSR got so much right!"

    Really tremendous reading/performance of a epic Sci-Fi story. Realistic story line with great characters; Arkady Bogdanov and Nadia were my favorites. Almost too much to comprehend - great for scientist or layman. Highly Recommend.

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    Jenny Taylor 07-02-16
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    "bit verbose for me but I managed"

    good story, lots of unusual words, going to read books 2 & 3 just because I want to know what happens

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    Allison S. Paul Ohio 06-27-16
    Allison S. Paul Ohio 06-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Prophetic and relevant to today."

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys speculating about future realities and only bending enough science to get by. This is a book about politics and people who make mars into a home. There are fascinating explorations of potential engineering and social challenges that mars colonization may bring about. How does mars provide for and challenge humanity? Find out with this prescient novel. Now is the perfect time to grasp what Robinson had thought through in so much detail decades ago.

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    Amazon Customer 06-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Epic story, a planet's worth of adventure"

    great book. writing keeps you going, multiple story arcs, each with a different flavor. easy to see how it's a classic. narrator is fantastic.

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    GSedtech VT 05-22-16
    GSedtech VT 05-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "first part boring"

    Crisis after crisis after crisis in the first part but very little story line.

    After that it gets much better.

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    Georgios Syrmalenios 05-15-16 Member Since 2015

    George

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    "In depth science fiction"

    The book is a little confusing with no real main protagonist. But it's a very interesting way of writing. This book is heavy on science, so be prepared for your dose of it. The writer creates a hybrid psychological model that is truly fascinating it borrows from some existing models and philosophy as well as biology.

    The writer is definitely a scholar and you can understand why these books are well renowned.

    The main themes in this book are
    Post capitalism
    Socio economics
    Colonization
    Liberation from earth
    Extreme conditions
    Scientists drive for learning
    Teenage like relationships
    PG sex scenes

    Overall really enjoyable but it's going to take your time to get through it. Many people have written pretty negative and vocal reviews, but I think they fail to realize. This heavy type of sci fi book can not be consumed quickly. It takes time to finish. It's like a fine wine, it must be enjoyed slowly. You can't rush this type of book even if you take breaks and go to other books. It's like the ringworld series or non fiction science books you don't read them in one go and try finish it immediately, you read them in amongst other books.

    Performance falls flat but still worth it due to the content.


    Loved the theories and concepts in this book.

    Enjoy it with time everyone!

    Going to get green Mars now :)

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    emnara_jayne 03-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Political Sci-fi"

    Good story, but much more political than I expected for sci-fi. Still, well done and entertaining. Author uses good plot devices and ties up lots of loose ends, things that you didn't expect to come back because they had been left unmentioned for so long. I'll recommend it to friends, but I don't know that I will listen to it again.

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    Amalie Skålevåg 03-11-16
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    "So much more than sci-fi"

    This is a book that everyone should read. It's simply amazing so much more than a sci-fi novel! It's not really about humans colonising Mars, it's about humanity trying to reinvent itself, and to break out of old norms and ways of thinking.

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    Bruce Skarin 02-19-16 Listener Since 2002

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    "Great story, okay reading"

    This the first Robinson I've read/heard. Enjoyed the style and detail. I always order narrators that bring multiple voices, and the nationalities in here would make it much more dynamic.

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