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The Red Planet Trilogy Audiobook

The Red Planet Trilogy: Three Novellas

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This collection of three novellas chronicles the dramatic events from the founding of the first Martian colony in the middle of the 21st century to the first election of the Martian Republic in the 22nd century.

From Vermont to Mars tells the story of ecological disasters on Earth that are the catalysts for the first emigrants to head to Mars.

The Red Planet Murders continues the story by telling a compelling tale of murder and the reluctant investigator, Achilles "Ace" Sloan, who must solve the crime amid social unrest on Mars.

The Martian Republic describes the political struggle between warring factions on Mars leading up to the first presidential election.

Together the three novellas are a sweeping cautionary tale of a grand social and economic experiment on Mars.

©2013 William Graham (P)2015 William Graham

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    Zoe 05-09-17
    Zoe 05-09-17
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    "The red planet"
    Any additional comments?

    The first novella is form Vermont to Mars. It is a small town in rural Vermont who is about to have a large development built on protected land. Follow a 71-year-old man’s journey to save this land. All while this is happening his daughter has decided to break off her engagement and go to Mars to teach.

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    Calinurseguy 05-16-17
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    "So realistic it's scary"

    I really enjoyed the story as it started off in a region near to where I grew up. I could see the events happening as greed and selfishness is now worsening and denial of the changes our society has made in our environment is the governmental belief. Power attempts to crush commonsense. Now on to screw with other planets. Weee!!

    I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-15-17
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not bad, it sprawls abit but is worth the time ."
    Would you try another book from William Graham and/or Richard Wilson?

    Likely, although I might think about it. Overall they make a reasonably good team, although Wilson's performance can be abit thin at times. On balance, it's decent.


    If you’ve listened to books by William Graham before, how does this one compare?

    No background so cannot comment.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, although I feel a performer like RC Bray could really bring this story to life.


    Did The Red Planet Trilogy inspire you to do anything?

    I laughed abit, and did some research.


    Any additional comments?

    I did receive this copy for free from the author in exchange for this review. On balance this is a reasonably good trilogy, that moves along logically and has originality and at times compelling characters. The performance is professional, and it is likely worth a credit, but it doesn't "jump" like similar offerings can. Recommended with reservations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Quella 05-02-17
    Quella 05-02-17 Member Since 2016

    A reader of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and non-fiction Christian books. A reviewer for Audiobookboom.com

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    "Decent drama with well blended stories"

    If you are looking for a novella trilogy consisting of strong drama, procedural aspects, and politics intrigue, “The Red Planet Trilogy” may be a book for you; pick up and have a listen. It is authored by William Graham with the Audible edition narrated by Richard Wilson. However, if you are looking for a deep and complex science fiction story with pages full of cool gadgets, unique gizmos, and evil aliens, this is not book you are looking for. Not to say the book is written poorly, not at all, it is simply to let the buyer be aware that the book is classified on Audible in the SciFi genre, but I believe it would better be placed in a drama or mystery categories. Many of the complexities of space travel, colonization of other planets, and additional aspects often found in complex science fiction stories are not found in this set of novellas.

    Although the three stories are different, the characters and locations are intertwined across them giving the reader a unique perspective than if you had only read one or two of them. The book opens in the near future and reveals a rather shocking tragedy that caused mankind to seek a better place to live than on Earth. A corporation is established given the task of interplanetary colonization of both Mars and the Earth’s moon. We learn that because of rising ocean elevations many of the Earth’s population must seek higher ground if they remain on the planet. Because of this, there is a strain on the current population around available critical resources including both land and water. The story moved next to being on Mars where one of our characters has escaped to get away from things. Lastly, we come on the scene of a murder that needs to be solved in the last novella.

    The book is overall short, having only 155 pages and just over four hours of audio, but the amount of detail the author packs in to its pages makes the book feel much bigger. I liked the way the characters were developed and the descriptive nature of the author’s writing style. It made picturing the scene much easier for me. I also found the shorter chapters to be something that allowed me to pick up and put down the book as frequently as I liked without much disruption. I do have to say that the book contains a limited number of vulgar words used across the three novellas and there is some discussion involving both sexual content along with some graphic violence and alcohol use. Again, these are not over the top, but I did want to make sure both parents or younger readers knew what to expect while listening or reading this book.

    I liked that the author included some of the details of the space travel experience itself when journeying between Earth and Mars. Such transportation reminded me more of what you would come to expect from a Titanic voyage. There were those who paid for first-class and received rooms with a view, while the majority of travelers would be crammed into third-class steerage that reminded me more of people packed in to a semi-truck trailer for a few months without a view until they landed on the red planet. You quickly begin to build a love/hate relationship towards the corporation and what it has become.

    I did not have any major issues with the audiobook’s narration done by Richard Wilson. I would have liked the book to have been read a bit faster, but this can easily be adjusted using the Audible application. However, there were a few places where a swallow or slight background noise was not edited out. I also heard what appears to have been an edit to the audio in chapter 35 (Audible) where you can tell it was added/plugged after the initial recording. Nothing that would prevent me from listening to the book, but for those who want all their books to be of the highest quality; this one has a few slight blemishes.

    In summary, if you are looking for a quick read where the three short stories are blended together and it is more a drama than science fiction per se, I would recommend you pick up the book. Instead, if you are a person who like deep space operas with big battles and villains, you may want to look elsewhere.

    Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Betababe 06-11-17
    Betababe 06-11-17
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    "An Entertaining Political Romp"

    I listened [AUDIO] to the entire set of "The Red Planet Trilogy" (each book also reviewed separately). DISCLAIMER: “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.” I am also voluntarily reviewing because "inquiring minds want to know"!

    Book I, "From Vermont to Mars," introduces us to a dystopian future in which water resources are vastly depleted and rising ocean levels have eliminated many coastal cities. Part I discusses Earth (Vermont) while Part II largely takes place on the Martian colony.

    Book II, "The Red Planet Murders," is as the title suggests a murder mystery and takes place on Mars, setting the scene for the next book.

    Book III, "The Martian Republic," plays on the black and white dichotomies presented in the first two volumes to present a potential utopian future.

    To say the concepts are weak and conclusions ill-judged is to be polite (IMHO) and the entirety of the series is presented in shorthand with enormous opportunities for expansion and exploration of plot twists simply ignored. Nonetheless the brevity works it its favor because the trilogy becomes a thought-provoking and entertaining romp through a possible future universe despite a somewhat stilted narration style and gaps in background and depth.

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    Ryan 06-05-17
    Ryan 06-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "humanity's journey to the stars/'"

    The Red planet Trilogy are novellas threaded together detailing humanity's first colonisation into space, to a generation after the colonies have been established. I really enjoyed this collection as there is enough realism in the interactions of characters and events you don't mind the skirting of the hard science behind the colonies themselves. The focus is on the people and their personal struggles as neither Earth nor the colonies are easy places to live.

    There is definitely a lot of social commentary in these stories that seems a little too heavy at times for me but overall it was enough to make you think without being heavy handed on which side is the obvious correct one. Overall I would recommend this book as the story is well told and it is fun to follow the threads from one story to the next seeing how things connected and the repercussions seen in the long term from the first story to the last.

    ***I was provided a free copy of this audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review***

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    M. Jacques 06-03-17
    M. Jacques 06-03-17
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    "A future with planet colonization"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's mainly 3 short stories about a world in which Mars is colonized.<br/>The first one describes earth left behind by mars colonization. It is strangely not far from our reality, still the same crooks that want to make profit over all... <br/>The second one is following some murder investigations. It was presenting a society on Mars. Again the environment in which the story is placed is well structure and one could imagine himself inside the story.<br/>The last story was more politics and was less captivating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writting was "down to earth", which is good for a story written about mars.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Wilson – was your favorite?

    Some characters sounded similar. I wouldn't say I preferred one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nop. But I could see someone doing it, since it was short.


    Any additional comments?

    "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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    Bikram Agarwal 05-29-17 Member Since 2017

    Listening to audiobooks for few hours everyday since the start of 2017.

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    "Less Sci-Fi, more Political Drama."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wouldn't say I would "change" this about the book - but I was disappointed that the first story didn't even happen on Mars. All the events happened on earth itself. From the book title and cover, I was expecting three stories set on mars.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Add some emotion when narrating the story. The narrator narrated the entire book without any emotional touch to the voice. Pretty flat. There was no sense of escalating tension.


    Did The Red Planet Trilogy inspire you to do anything?

    Read other mars books. Or maybe see The Martian again.


    Any additional comments?

    I started to listen to this book, expecting a sci-fi story. Instead, it turned out to be a political drama. And one with a message that I don't necessarily agree with. <br/><br/>I received this free review copy from the author / narrator / publisher and am leaving an unbiased review.

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    Christine Newton 05-22-17
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    "Not as enjoyable as I hoped"
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    Everyone has different preferences when it comes to science fiction, so I'm not surprised or disgruntled that other readers enjoyed this trilogy of short stories while I didn't. It just wasn't to my taste, I discovered as I listened. <br/><br/>(*spoilers in the next paragraph*)<br/><br/>Here's why I didn't find the stories as enjoyable as I had hoped.The first story didn't take place on Mars at all and my takeaway was that corporations are evil and it's honourable to vandalize other people's property if their views on the environment don't align with yours and lawsuits don't result in your favour. The second story mostly didn't take place on Mars and my takeaway was that corporations are evil while unions are great and noble.Funny thing is, I'm not anti-environment and I'm not anti-worker rights, but I found the protagonists in the stories to be... idealistic? naive? .. and so I didn't engage emotionally with their perspectives. As a result, I gradually become more disengaged as the trilogy progressed. (end of spoilers)<br/><br/>It's too bad, because I was looking forward to hearing three stories about Mars! I've enjoyed other novels about Mars that incorporated political issues (Kim Stanley Robinson's 'Red Mars' comes to mind), so perhaps I'm discovering that my preference is for lengthier Mars stories with richer world-building and character development. I think I need deeper context so that I can be more sympathetic when the focus of the story turns to political issues.<br/><br/>The narration wasn't bad; he had a neutral tone of voice. The narration wasn't bothersome, but I feel that it didn't contribute to the escalation of tension or drama in the story, either. <br/><br/>I provided my opinion in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Norma Miles 05-17-17
    Norma Miles 05-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    ""In the end, it's all just business.""

    Three novellas which together form an history of earth's reaching for the stars and building a new society on Mars. Each story is told in short, news like chapters, and follow a particular trend. In the first, the errosion of life support on earth and the difficult situations in which many inhabitants found themselves, opens the way to colonisation both of the moon and, for the more adventurous, Mars. A single company makes this possible both for the wealthy who can pay well for their new habitation and for employees taken on by the company to build, teach and care for the new, rich immigrants.

    The second novella takes a closer look at the emergent society and it's workings, through the investigation of a murder, an unusual occurrence, which takes place in one of the two major habitats and the final one looks at the ways in which those with the power seek to hold on to it, regardless of truth, mirroring the political intrigues so well known on earth.

    Because of the way in which the books are structured, despite the introduction of numerous protagonists and the passing of over fifty years in time, there is no confusion and each section, especially the latter two, are suffused with a slow tension. The narrator was very good in continuing the unemotional presentation. His gentle, very pleasant voice recounted the stories calmly, clearly, well paced and modulated: again, a little like a full background news briefing which made all that was told feel true, a piece of history. His different voicings for individual characters was also distinctive.

    This is not a full action, battling book but the more thoughtful attempt at the peaceful building of a new society and the political tensions and struggles which develop. I was very fortunate in being gifted my copy of The Red Planet Trilogy by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Many thanks. I very much enjoyed it and understand that further books are to follow. I will definitely continue to follow this series.

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