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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.
Public Domain (P)2012 Tantor
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-20-16


The Thok Whisperer
I can't believe I am going to say this, but Brick makes this a better book. I say that because I was once a Brick hater. I avoided his books for a couple of years. I think he has listened to all the criticism and has improved his work. This is my second review of this book at audible and the other narrator, I was not happy with. I have also read the book, but Brick is better.

I got a lot more out of the book this time and found it was a lot more complicated than I had originally thought. The world that Burroughs builds is exciting and creative. It had to be extremely exciting in the early 1900's. Yes, their is a lot of serendipity, things that just happen to go the way of the hero, things he over hears at the right time, etc. I would not let a modern writer get by with it, but this was a regular style of writing at the time.

There are a lot of different readings of this story and it is a classic. I would recommend this be the one you listen to.


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By Robert L. Hicks on 03-26-12

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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By Stephanie on 02-08-14

A classic for a reason!

A brilliantly gripping story. Ridiculously believable, well written and the Scott Brick does really well with the performance of a "Gentleman of Virginia". A wonderful melding of historic character traits and syfy.

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By Shazzaxl on 04-13-13

An enjoyable 'Listen'

A highly enjoyable book. Totally different from the film but so much better! I went on to listen to the rest of the series. Highly recommended :o)

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