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Publisher's Summary

"The Gods of Mars" is the second volume of the famous Barsoom series. It was first published in All Story as a five part serial in the issues for January May 1913. It was later published as a complete novel by A. C. McClurg in September, 1918.

At the end of the first book, "A Princess of Mars", John Carter is unwillingly transported back to Earth. "The Gods of Mars" begins with his arrival back on Barsoom (Mars) after a ten year separation from his wife Dejah Thoris, his unborn child, and the Red Martian people of the nation of Helium, whom he has adopted as his own. Unfortunately, Carter materializes in the one place on Barsoom from which nobody is allowed to depart: the Valley Dor, which is the Barsoomian afterlife.
©2017 SAGA Egmont (P)2017 SAGA Egmont

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Lip smack beginning every sentence! very poor

What would have made The Gods of Mars (The Barsoom Series 2) better?

pay a few extra bucks to get a copy that doesn't suck

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

buy a different version

How did the narrator detract from the book?

miss pronounced words, lip smacks, heavy breathing in the microphone.

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good story, inferior reading quality

John Carter makes it back to Barsoom only to discover he is fighting for his life with the gods of the planet. What of his son and wife? Only time will tell and then maybe to late? A fine space opera with love lost, hope and fighting on all sides.

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Good book - poor performance

What would have made The Gods of Mars (The Barsoom Series 2) better?

A narrator who could read without stumbling over the words, who didn't start to say one word and then correct it to another, and who didn't take loud breaths and smack his lips while reading.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As in the other Barsoom books, I liked John Carter, even though he is arrogant most of the time.

What didn’t you like about J. D. Weber’s performance?

He did a terrible job reading the book. It was miserable and embarrassing to listen to.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book by Edgar Rice Burroughs was good, as are most of his books.

Any additional comments?

Sorry I bought this edition instead of the other version they offered for a couple of dollars more!