The Gods of Mars : Barsoom

  • by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by John Bolen
  • Series: Barsoom
  • 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Carter returns to the red planet 10 years after his Martian death in search of his wife, Princess Dejah Thoris. He joins forces with his old comrades and forms new lifetime alliances as he battles hostile enemies, previously unknown to his people of Barsoom. His adventures reveal the truth about the Gods of Mars.The second in Burroughs' 11-volume Mars series, a blend of sci-fi and romantic adventure.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Is there life on Mars? Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs classics of science fiction know the answer is yes! Gods of Mars is the second in the multi-book series chronicling Civil War veteran John Carter's adventures on the red planet (known to its denizens as Barsoom) and features Martian political intrigue, a chance meeting with Carter's estranged son, and a riot at a Martian prison. Admired by such literary luminaries as Michael Chabon and Junot Diaz, name-checked in the stories of Raymond Carver, Burroughs remains a master of the kind of pulpy, amazing tales that have gripped American imaginations for generations. Audiobook veteran narrator John Bolen keeps things lively, braving Carter's gentile southern accent and bringing a straight-faced, plucky gravity to this fantastic story!

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Awful narrator

I love the ERB John Carter books, but after the Princess of Mars (produced by Books in Motion), this adaptation produced by Tantor and read by John Bolen is awful. Bolen's attempt at a southern accent is pitiful, but even worse is his upturned pitch at the end of each sentence. Pitching tones downward suitably concludes a sentence, but Bolen turns up to a high a note, successfully making it seem as if none of the sentences have periods to end them. His diction and articulation are also abysmal. I will suffer through the whole book, but this is one of the worst narrations I have ever heard.
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- Christopher Tower

One of Burroughs best

Burroughs writes one of his best 'sci fi' works in the Martian series in this follow-up to Princess of Mars, etc. At his most inventive and imaginative, full of surprises and action, it is great to read or listen to. I don't think John Bohlen is the best reader, but is adequate. His female voices are hard to understand. Otherwise, this would be 5 star! It's too bad someone doesn't make this series into movies!!
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-23-2001
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio