John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' : Barsoom

  • by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Barsoom
  • 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.
Published in 1911, A Princess of Mars introduced a popular series of novels recounting John Carter's Martian exploits. Author Edgar Rice Burroughs, best known as the creator of Tarzan, employed a new style of writing that combined the genres of fantasy, adventure, and science fiction. His imaginative setting - an advanced but decaying civilization in which Olympian heroics play out against malevolent forces and ever-changing fortunes - endures as a timeless world, in which love, honor, and loyalty form the basis for fast-paced romantic adventures.

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Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Excellent story (but I'm biased, my favorite author and favorite novel) supported by a great narrator.


What other book might you compare John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' to and why?

It's a typical Swords and Planets story. Maybe a bit of the Lord of the Rings for those not familiar with this genre. A highly detailed planet, cultures, and creatures…machines and weapons. Others in the series are Gods of Mars, Warlord of Mars…the first three in the series are a good solid story arc. Then you can decide from there if you wish to push on through all eleven (though I believe only the first five, those in the public domain, are available in audiobook).


Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to a few others' by Scott Brick, the Robert Langdon series (The Da Vinci Code). This is equivalent in quality. Frankly, I'm a bit disappointed Scott Brick has not done more in the series, to date. The other narrators currently available for Gods of Mars and on, seem hidebound to make John Carter's accent Southern. Yes, in the novel he is a Southern gentlemen…but I don't necessarily need the added touch. Unless it's read by a 'true' Southerner. That accent to my ears is not so easily adopted without sounding a bit off.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I read this from childhood. Given by my Grandfather to my Mother, and from her to me. How can one not get misty when Woola (a large frog-dog-like creature) and John Carter choose 'each other' as life long companions?


Any additional comments?

It's clear who the good guys are, who the bad guys are, the hero always wins, the heroine is always saved in the nick of time, the villain is 'eventually' defeated after many scrapes, trials, and quests. If you want crime, rape, drama, and current events…try something else :-) …oh, and go see the movie :-D

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- Robert L. Hicks

A great reader for great book

This is one of my favorite books. I am so glad this new reading has been released with the exceptional narrating ability of Scott Brick. This listening experience is so much better than the listening torture of previous narrattors. I have listen to Mr. Brick's version twice already.
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- T.W. Spencer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio