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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (15 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441718664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441718662
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
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“Might it really be possible—in fact and not in fancy—to venture with John Carter to the Kingdom of Helium on the planet Mars?”—Carl Sagan

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

"Might it really be possible--in fact and not in fancy--to venture with John Carter to the Kingdom of Helium on the planet Mars?"--Carl Sagan

Might it really be possible in fact and not in fancy to venture with John Carter to the Kingdom of Helium on the planet Mars? Carl Sagan"

-Might it really be possible--in fact and not in fancy--to venture with John Carter to the Kingdom of Helium on the planet Mars?---Carl Sagan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Suddenly projected to Mars, John Carter found himself captive of the savage green men of Thark. With him was Dejah Thoris, lovely Princess of Helium. And between them and rescue lay a thousand miles of deadly enemies and unknown dangers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A Princess of Mars is an interesting tale of space exploration, written in a style typical of it's time, with themes of sexism to a modern audience, but still an interesting read. I read it as part of a lit course but would recommend it to anyone interested in space travel tales or the journey of a man in foreign lands.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are moral and chivalrous. The story is exciting and fast moving. This is a classic.
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The first Burroughs book I ever read, _A Princess of Mars_ still has the same power over me now that it did fifteen years ago. John Carter is the perfect hero, Dejah Thoris the perfect princess, and Tars Tarkas is the perfect loyal friend. Edgar Rice Burroughs rightly deserves the title of grandfather of modern science fiction. This is one truly magnificent, timeless adventure.
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I can't even begin to count the number of times I have read Burrough's Mars series, and this is the greatest of them all. It has everything: swordfights, a love story, high adventure, ancient, advanced civilizations, and a naked princess who has no qualms about revealing her love for a man she hardly knows but loves with all her heart. No one other than Burroughs could have written a novel like this, and I'm glad no one else did. If you want to have a great read, I highly recommend this book.
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I was interested in the book because of the mooted big screen version coming soon. As perhaps could be expected, the novel shows its age. It's pretty primitive "scientific romance", and its characters, even the first person narrator, never really come alive. That said, its story is fast moving and the imagined Martian landscapes, technologies and societies are colourful and engaging. Expect an entertaining and lightweight read and you won't be disappointed.
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By Bernie VINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2012
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"I have never told this story nor shall mortal man see this manuscript until I have passed over for eternity. I know that the average human mind will not believe what it can not grasp......"

Written in 1912 this book is well written for its time and has intrigued countless generations of readers. I get the feeling that this story is being told over a campfire.

Captain Carter is telling the story form memory as an old man of his adventures here on earth and on the planet of Barsoom (Mars). There are encounters with many strain creatures, situations, and yes even a "Princess of Mars."

This is a part is a series by the writer that brought us "Tarzan." The intro to the book alone will capture your imagination.

The Great Book of Tarzan
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By E. A. Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2014
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When Edgar Rice Burroughs began writing his Barsoom series, people didn't know a lot about Mars except that it seemed to have canals.

So Burroughs came up with his own elaborate fantasy world, populated by green barbarians, airships, multi-legged beasts and giant hairy white apes. Buttkicking ex-soldier John Carter is a bit of a Gary Stu, but at least he's a pleasant one -- and Burroughs fleshes out his imaginary Mars with loving skill, coming up with alien fauna and cultures that really resemble nothing on Earth.

During an Apache attack, ex-Confederate soldier John Carter takes shelter in a cave... and wakes on a strange alien world. He soon discovers that he's somehow been transported to the planet Mars (or Barsoom), and is apprehended by the barbaric green Martians of Thark, who do not understand love or friendship. But thanks to gravity and his own skills, John Carter is able to gain the respect of the Tharks, and even becomes a chieftain.

But the Tharks capture Dejah Thoris, a princess of the more humanlike red Martians. John Carter soon falls in love with her. As their safety is threatened by a small conspiracy of extra-cruel Tharks, Carter starts plotting to escape to the Red Martian city of Helium. But escape turns out to be the least of his problems when he becomes embroiled in the complex politics of two different Martian races.

While "A Princess of Mars" is a fun sci-fi adventure, the real draw here is Barsoom -- a wild, cruel world filled with fantastical beasts and colorful flora. A good chunk of the book is devoted just to showing Carter (and us) its cultures, flora, fauna, mores, mythology and a history that Burroughs clearly spent a lot of time on.
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Edgar Rice Burroughs will always be remembered first and foremost for his creation of Tarzan, but it was the character of John Carter, who first appeared in "A Princess of Mars" who truly served as a template for other science fiction writers. From Lin Carter's "Green Star" series to John Norman's "Gor" novels there are tales of the man from Earth traveling to a strange new world and having wondrous adventures. John Carter was a gentleman of Virginia and Civil War veteran who finds himself looking down at his dying body in an Arizona cave. Opening his arms to the planet Mars, Carter is suddenly whisked to the Red Planet, where rival tribes battle while the planet's atmosphere continues to dissipate. Captured by a band of six-limbed giants, Carter soon earns their respect for his prowess as a warrior and forges a lasting friendship with Tars Tara's of the Tharks. But then the Tharks attack a fleet of airborne vessels and capture Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Helium, the greatest city on Barsoom (as the Martians call Mars). Of course, they get off on the wrong foot, since Carter knows nothing about the culture of the red humanoid race. But the lovely Princess of Mars has captured the Virginian's heart. Abandoning dreams of returning to Earth, he wants nothing better than to win her love. In the meanwhile, he has to protect her from the amorous attention of the depraved ruler of the Tharks, bring some semblance of civilization to the barbarian tribes, and stop all out war between the green men and red men from ending Barsoom's last chance for survival.
"A Princess of Mars" is the first of eleven novels in the Martian Series by Burroughs, most of which seemed to avoid the pitfalls of some of ERB's lesser Tarzan novels.
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