Regular price: $23.09

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Editorial Reviews

In this fifth installment of Burroughs's Mars series, Tara, Princess of Helium, battles strange creatures in her effort to return to Kansas, or rather, Helium, after a vicious storm blows her into a strange new country. John Bolen gives each character in the intricate extraterrestrial thriller an accent from some country on Earth. But so strongly does he perform these that dialogue is often lost to human ears. His shrill, simpering female characters, admittedly few, all sound the same. These problems, combined with mispronounced words and oddly accented phrases, detract from the great story.

Publisher's Summary

Impetuous and headstrong, Tara, Princess of Helium and daughter of John Carter, defies the elements by flying into a rare, fierce Martian storm. Hurtled half a planet from her home, she is threatened by grotesque, flesh eating monsters and barbarous warriors. Is the mysterious Panthan warrior friend or foe? As hero battles for maiden in the chess-like games of Jetan, the pieces are fighting men and the stakes are life and death!

The fifth in Burroughs' 11-volume Mars series, a blend of sci-fi and romantic adventure.

©2000 Tantor Media Incorporated

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.0 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    48
  • 4 Stars
    34
  • 3 Stars
    24
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    3

Performance

  • 4.0 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    27
  • 4 Stars
    16
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    3

Story

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    34
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Jon
  • Sebastopol, CA, USA
  • 09-08-08

The series moves on....

John Carter minimally appears in this 5th Mars novel by ERB. #4 featured his son. This one features his daughter. The story is what it is, typical ERB. Fun stuff. Pulp drama. The narrator is...well...what can I say? He's okay? His pacing is bland. His female voices are all faltsetto. He mispronounces a number of words. And his Southern accent for John Carter...well, I'll leave that for others to judge, as I'm not from Virginia. The story carries it through, though. As Burroughs always does, if you love this sort of stuff.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great story... bad reader!

John Bolen might be a good reader for other books but when he drops into sotto voce for the women, it's unlistenable. I couldn't get past the first chapter.

This was a book I'd read as a child and loved. I picked it up here because it was inexpensive and went along with the whispersync program. Even at .99¢ it's not worth the audio price. I guess I'll just have to re-read this one the old fashioned way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

The Narrator Sucks

What can I say? My heading pretty much sums it up. As far as he is concerned I'm reminded of a line from the song "Mr Tanner" by Harry Chapin: "full time consideration of another endeavor might be in order".

  • Overall

Retfffgfyhc

Fug huff d d d d d d d d d d d d h hchvhvhvhvjv in j. I j j j j hatching hb

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Burroughs at his best.

The book and narration were perfection. I struggle to listen to a audible book when the narrator doesn't fit mind mind eye. This was a perfect match.