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Editorial Reviews

American stage and screen actor John Bolen gives a lucid performance of Thuvia, Maid of Mars, the fourth book of eleven in the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the American writer who created the character Tarzan. Bolen struts and frets most convincingly on this audiobook, giving each character a distinct tone of voice. On Mars, a love quadrangle threatens to ignite a war. Protagonist Cathoris must answer the call of adventure and be courageous in order to save the planet. Will true love and peace prevail?
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Publisher's Summary

Mars has become divided by love. Not one, but two princes and a Jeddak are vying for the love of Thuvia of Ptarth. When she is mysteriously kidnapped, treachery threatens to throw Barsoom into bloody war. Now Cathoris must follow in the footsteps of his father, John Carter, and overcome phantom armies, dangerous spies and savage beasts as he attempts to save his true love and reunite Mars. The fourth in Burroughs' 11-volume Mars series, a blend of sci-fi and romantic adventure.
©2000 Tantor Media Incorporated
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3 out of 5 stars
By Doug on 11-29-11

Fake accent and wooden performance

I've read the novel before, and it is classic Burroughs. Not his best but not his worst by any means. The main problem I had with this audiobook was the narration.

There were two problems. First, the narrator used some sort of Eastern European accent for all the Martian dialogue, and a neutral American accent otherwise. This grated on me and detracted from the content of what was being spoken, since the accent was being pushed so much that the dialogue felt unnatural. Second, there was little feeling or emotion being expressed in the dialogue. I felt that the narrator didn't understand the feelings of the charactors nor the author's intent, and as a result it was difficult for me to engage with the characters or the story. It was like listening to someone reading a laundry list.

For me either aspect was a killer. I would not recommend this rendition.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Phillip on 03-17-16

Great story Terrible narrator

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better narrator

What did you like best about this story?

Loved the story couldn't get passed the first hour because of the narrator

How could the performance have been better?

Get someone else

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Story good

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