The Gods of Mars

Written by:
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Narrated by:
JD Weber

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2011
7 hours 41 minutes
"The Gods of Mars is a 1918 Edgar Rice Burroughs science fiction novel, the second of his famous Barsoom series.It can be said that the novel set the tone for much science fiction to come. Its influence can clearly be seen in franchises such as Star Trek and Farscape. While Burroughs no doubt borrowed liberally from the pulp fiction of his day, particularly westerns and swashbuckling tales, the pacing and themes set the tone for the soft science fiction genre.

The protagonist, John Carter, with his proficiency in hand-to-hand combat and flirtations with beautiful alien women, could be said to have set the mold for later influential icons like Captain James T. Kirk and James Bond.

At the end of the first book, A Princess of Mars, John Carter is unwillingly transported back to Earth. The Gods of Mars begins with his arrival back on Barsoom (Mars) after a ten year hiatus, separated from his wife Dejah Thoris, his unborn child, and the Red Martian people of the nation of Helium, whom he has adopted as his own. Unfortunately, John Carter materializes in the one place on Barsoom from which nobody is allowed to depart: the Valley Dor, which is the Barsoomian heaven. (Summary from wikipedia)"
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Keith K.

A great classic. Absolutely criminal to have this narrator. Mispronunciations, dull reading, obviously not read ahead. They should be ashamed!

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Monte P

Good book. The narrative is very dull! Lots of pronunciation issues!

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acacia colter

awesome book! but the narrator sucks

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Ally A.

Couldn’t get through the first chapter. The narrator reads it instead of narrates. Sounds like a college freshman trying to do an oral report written by his roommate.

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Shawn M.

I completely enjoy the John Carter saga.

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Rod M.

I will definitely be listening through this series of books. It's another book I've neglected in the past.

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James S.

Sounded like a volunteer read the book. That considered, he did an OK job. Keeping in mind this was written before Star Wars, Star Trek, and inspired any number of writers, it was pretty good.

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Joyce M.

it was ok and narrator was hard to listen to

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Fine story, bad narrative

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Charlie A.

Great read

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The book is very good. I don't think it quite stands up to the first but that's fairly normal for a book series. I struggled understanding the narrator sometimes because he seemed to not know how to pronounce quite a few of the words and sometimes paused in places there shouldn't be a pause. I have audio processing issues and these things make understanding far more difficult for me. It may not be an issue for others.

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I enjoyed this and was very entertained

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Doc S.

The story is very well written. I particularly liked the changes in location, and the unique turns of phrase.. The narration was awful. There is NO "X" in the word "escape"! That was the chronic problem that had me gritting my teeth. It wasn't helped by the hundred odd other mispronunciations. Timing also should be established by the punctuation, which the narrator quite continually disregarded. Science fiction works through our wilful suspension of disbelief. A good narrator puts you right into the story, while poor narration can't quite get you to suspend your disbelief. A shame, really.

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Vincent A.

Good ERB book

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Tim Johnson

great job with a challenging read but it's "escape" not "excape"

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Dina Heard

This is an Amazing listen! I love the timing in the telling if this story. In the writing of the story it answers all questions.

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