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A Princess of Mars

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
By: (1875-1950)

Burroughs’ first published book, as well as the first book in the Barsoom series, A Princess of Mars is a science fiction novel following the adventures of the heroic John Carter, after he is mysteriously transported to the planet Mars where he meets its divided inhabitants. The novel is considered to be a seminal for the planetary romance, which is a sub-genre of science fantasy. Burroughs’ book has also inspired a number of well known science fiction writers during the beginning of the 20th century.

The story sets off with the introduction of Civil War veteran John Carter, who while mining for gold in Arizona, gets into a skirmish with native Indians. Forced to evade inside a mysterious cave, he is mysteriously transported to Mars, or Barsoom as it is called by its inhabitants. Carter discovers that he has immense strength and agility caused by the lower force of gravity on the planet. He then becomes acquainted with the Tharks, a nomadic tribe described as having four arms, a fearsome temperament and mostly distinguished by their green skin. The Tharks first instincts to kill the strange creature are quickly pushed aside as they are amazed by Carter’s super abilities and decide to take him prisoner instead. Carter learns the importance the Tharks place on strength and brutality, and through his new found vigor he rises to earn a respectable place among the tribe. Soon the princess Dejah Thoris, who is a part of the humanoid red race of Helium, is captured by the Tharks. Carter’s attempt to save the princess causes him to be caught up in the politics of the two opposing Martian sides.

As an escapist fantasy, the novel contains many imaginative ideas which are successfully portrayed through its depiction of the Red Planet and includes a detailed illustration of alien culture, romance, and action. The detail in which it is written and its fast moving plot is what grabs and maintains the full attention of the reader. A story of loyalty and sacrifice, A Princess of Mars is a masterpiece of its time and an influence for the pulp fiction genre that followed.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 15 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 17, 2016
Subject: Fantastic
I have read this book multiple times. It is still one of the best out there. Thomas did an amazing job at reading the story with passion which kept it extremely entertaining and engaging.
Reviewer: - February 24, 2016
the way in witch this book is written is amazing in the detail it portrays, I felt as though I could be there with them. this is worth your time to listen to. I felt very close with the characters in this book and can't wait to listen to the 2nd one.
Reviewer: - August 26, 2015
Subject: Review
Great story! I couldn't turn away from it. Thank you Thomas!
Reviewer: - December 4, 2014
Subject: Very Nice
It was well read and filled with action. Even some tasteful romance. I would listen again.
Reviewer: - September 17, 2014
Subject: A Princess of Mars
It goes to show you that the movie and books don't always align. This was a good book and am now curious as to how the next book in the series will go.
Reviewer: - August 21, 2014
I am studying english, this site is very nice. Great book.
Reviewer: - July 10, 2014
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Reviewer: - April 4, 2014
Subject: the princess of mars
It was a real good read. Also noticed that several different novels have been inspired by this novel.
Reviewer: - November 18, 2013
Subject: Pretty good story
One must take into account that the book was written in 1918 when listening to this si-fi story. But it is a great story and thank you so much for reading it to us. It makes my one hour drive each way to work enjoyable/bearable.
Reviewer: - October 12, 2013
Subject: Can hardly wait for more
This one came as a nice surprise. I wasn't expecting much from this title. Having seen the Disney movie and found it pretty poor, it is with reluctance at first that I listened to this audiobook. I only downloaded it at random and only realized the correlation with the movie during the first chapter. But reluctance turned quickly to delight as the narrator did a really decent job and kept the story interesting until the end. Rice Burroughs style is impeccable and his descriptions very rich and far from boring (unusual for a writer). The story has flaws, but I forgive easily as long as I am entertained and entertained I was. So count me in for all the sequels!
Reviewer: - August 24, 2013
Subject: Review
WOW!! Excellent in every respect. The narration was PERFECT and kept me spell bound to this book. One of the best of easily 50 online books I have ever heard. Thank you Thomas for reading this book. I look forward to more.
Reviewer: - April 16, 2013
Subject: Great narration
Thomas Copeland deserves accolades for his excellent reading of this Burroughs classic!
Reviewer: - April 1, 2013
Subject: Ok but classic
To be honest, it is the fact that this work is a classic which compels me to give it such a high rating. It's a thoroughly enjoyable romp-on-a-foreign-planet type of story, with a bit of boy-meets-girl thrown in for all-round appeal. While the storyline is far from perfect (I found that some areas were too dense and some too scanty, as well as some occurrences being just too convenient), it is still genuinely enjoyable. Burroughs had a fantastic vocabulary, and his way of describing a scene really draws the reader in. I would call this a holiday read, but a good one.
Reviewer: - March 6, 2013
Fantastically read, beautiful story.
Reviewer: - February 13, 2013
The gentleman reading the books void is a bit soft but ya I love it.

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