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The Barsoom Project

By: Larry Niven,Steven Barnes
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
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A visionary science fiction classic from Larry Niven and Steven Barnes.

The Barsoom Project is the direct sequel to 1981's Dream Park. Eviane's first visit to the state-of-art amusement arena Dream Park ended in disaster: the special effects had seemed more real than life ...until the holograms she was shooting with live ammunition turned out to be solid flesh and blood ...and very, very dead.

Haunted by the past, rebounding from a lengthy spell in a mental hospital, she has returned to Dream Park to exorcise a nightmare that has become reality. But in Dream Park, nothing is what it seems. The Inuit mythology controlling the images is part of a "Fat Ripper Special" designed to implant new behavioral memes. The players are struggling against the game master, one another, and their own demons. And there is a killer who wants to ensure Eviane never regains her memory...no matter what it costs.

Blending together hard science fiction with virtual reality and RPG-like fantasy games, The Barsoom Project is science fiction at the cutting edge and a classic creation from two of the genre's most beloved writers.

©1989 Larry Niven and Steven Barnes (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Time traveling

It’s remarkable to go back in time to 1989 and forward to 2050 at the same time. I enjoyed the book even more than Dream Park and the fact that, over 30 years after publication, it still feels futuristic says a lot about the authors’ vision.

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Body fixation

Wheezing for breath and dripping with sweat, the overweight gamers heaved their enormous bodies up the mountain path, bulbous bellies and flabby limbs jiggling with every staggering step.

I meant for that to be a caricature, but honestly, you could drop it into the text and it wouldn't seem out of place.

Yes, the story is set in a weight loss program, and naturally the participants are especially conscious of their physical stature, but show that through their inevitable conversations on the subject. We don't need to be reminded that they're fat every few words.

Also featuring bad psychology and unethical therapeutic practices. And schizophrenia is not multiple personality disorder!

The story is fine, mostly, and the narration is well done, but my goodness! The fixation on fat is annoying enough to be distracting.

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so so

fun ideas and an amazing world to visit. I was not as into the store as the first because I found the game world and play a bit dull. just my personal opinion.

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Great installment of the Dream Park series.

Barnes and Nivens do it again with a long awaiting sequel. The game is on and the greater mystery progresses.

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Tongue & Cheek

The story and characters can be summed up as a bunch of overweight individuals (mostly) stuck in an virtual "Fat Camp" in the future and plagued by hormones wanting to hookup and all the while there's a manipulated psychotic killer who's also a victim of sorts plotting their deaths. Saying it like that might make it sound less interesting but it was an enjoyable experience.

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Inventive, Compelling, and Very Enjoyable

Very engaging narrative set in the not too distant future. Great character development. Interesting mix of science fiction, technology, role-playing games, mystery, and relationships.

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I was unable to finish this book as it is even more scattered than Dream Park. Still not sure what the book is about after 3 hours of listening. Winter hell or Barsoom? Oh well, It's included in membership.

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Thought it would be better than dream park, but not really

A marginally entertaining story, full of sexist points of view. Also a brief discussion of abortion almost guaranteed to piss off just about everyone, and a weird obsession with body weight throughout the book. I managed to make it all the way through, but I couldn’t wait for it to end.

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If you love Niven's work, skip this title...

This book is a complete mess. I love Niven's writing. I don't know if the co-author adulterated Niven's writing style, if Niven was off his game, if this is the sole work of Barnes and Niven branding was used to help sell a bad work, or if some other issue is at hand, but this book really sucks. I can see why it is a free book.

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A bit confusing as it weaves several threads

I am a Niven fan. Now that audio books are coming out, I can "read" many books I thought I would not get to. this book is the latest. The Dream Park theme is present again, and Griffin is back, which are good.points. The only gripe I have is that the Barsoom part of the story is rather minor. I suspect it was used for the title because "Thimble Winter" was not as commercially recognizable. Still, the actor was good on this reading and the usual murder mystery moderately interesting. I'm going to move on to the next in that Dram Park series.