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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,034 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Barsoom Series Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9781455196098
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Ex–Confederate Army captain John Carter finds himself suddenly and unwittingly transported to Mars while fleeing Apache Indians. This new world is populated by a race of monstrous Martians whose culture is based on the ability to fight for their race. Captured by the savage green men of Thark, John discovers that the gravitational difference between Mars and Earth has endowed him with the strength that he will need for survival on this hostile planet. He battles ferocious Martian creatures and gains the respect and friendship of the Barsoomians. Along the way he encounters the beautiful Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, and earns her everlasting devotion.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 is a wonderful scientific romance that perhaps can be best described as early science fiction melded with an epic dose of romantic adventure…Sheer escapism of the tallest order, the Martian novels are perfect entertainment for those who find Tarzan’s fantastic adventures aren’t, well, fantastic enough. Although this novel can stand alone, there are a total of eleven volumes in this classic series of otherworldly, swashbuckling adventure.”

    Amazon.com Review

  • “[A Princess of Mars] is arguably the most fun of the eleven Martian tales Burroughs eventually wrote, as almost everything in it is new and strange, from the giant four-armed green Martians to the fantastic six-legged thoats. Tarzan may be Burroughs’ most famous character, but his Mars stories are still widely read.”

    Library Journal

  • “When it rains in a Burroughs novel, the reader gets wet.”

    Jack McDevitt, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Award–winning author

  • “Pure escapist fantasy/romance, Burroughs was ahead of his time…William Dufris keeps the action steady from beginning to end. Good family listening.”

    SoundCommentary.com

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Waldron | 2/15/2014

    " Obviously a real sci-fi classic. Perfect summer vacation read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Simon | 2/15/2014

    " Got a little bored of John Carter constantly telling us how awesome he is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/11/2014

    " It is amazing how light reading has deteriorated in the last 100 years. ERB is not Dostoyevsky nor is trying to be. He is trying to write books that give the reader a pleasant afternoon. He succeeds. ERB offers a bit more. If the reader wants to pay attention and think, there is some interesting philosophy a well. I think that ERB chose first person in order to give JC the opportunity yo toot his own horn. At a time when communism was creating a general distaste of pride in one owns accomplishments, ERB created a character who deserved to brag. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Magee | 2/11/2014

    " This by no means is literature. It is a easy, fun read in science fiction. Also keep in mind it was printed in a pulp 100 years ago, because most of the concepts are outdated and the depictions of the female (and male) are very stereotypical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew J. Marlieu | 2/4/2014

    " It's a pretty interesting book so far. I can see why it' a classic. But, like many classics, it's definitely shows its age. The dialogue is paragraphs long, the view towards women is very simplistic, and I can't help but feel racism coming through in the different types of Martians; "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Wermann | 2/3/2014

    " If only the movie John Carter was half as good as the book it would have made a killing at the box office. I wasn't expecting to like this 100 year old book but couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/1/2014

    " A fun diversion the last couple days. It was classic adventure and romance that was short and sweet. Better than the movie although I did like that movie Dejah could handle a sword. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/1/2014

    " A good read, a real classic and one that I enjoyed. Rich in detail and imagination I loved Burroughs tale and while it felt a bit short to me, especially with the ending and all, I was happy with the characters, the story, the world of Barsoom, all of it. Gonna try and read the next one when I get the time, after finishing the rest of books sitting around waiting to be read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa W | 1/31/2014

    " Fun adventure, even if you aren't a sci-fi fan. John Carter is who I would choose to have my back any day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 1/30/2014

    " Author's amazing ability to foresee the future & create a vivid landscape with interesting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aparna | 1/29/2014

    " Taken in context of the time it was written, this is an outstanding literary work and a revolutionary piece of sci-fi. Compared to modern literature, the plot meanders, the hero is an egotistical jackass, and the princess is incapable of doing anything other than looking pretty. Honestly, one of the few times that the movie was a vast improvement over the source material. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 1/28/2014

    " This was an amazing book. It was imaginative and immersive. The characters were interesting and unique and the storyline kept you wanting to read more. It was very hard to put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 1/27/2014

    " enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more in the series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trina | 1/26/2014

    " Although I appreciate how this book influenced Star Wars and others, I'm still surprised this is beloved enough for someone to make a movie out of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave Bartelli | 1/21/2014

    " I read this book because I'm always intrigued by old school sci fi - the stuff way before computers and space exploration. This story, which is 95 years old, inspired several scifi writers so I thought I'd give it a go. It was an ok read, but definitely not a favorite. Sure, the character John Carter is a bad ass, but he seems to get lucky way too many times. In general, it was fine to read it since it is a classic, but I generally wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerry Dorby | 1/21/2014

    " Guess it had to be read, really showing its age and preponderancy for casual racism "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazen Wardle | 1/15/2014

    " Much better than Disney's theatrical rendition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M_wilson | 1/15/2014

    " My favourite (as distinct from "Best", let us leave that alone for now) book ever, and, of course, inspiration for the muchly (and wrongly) maligned film "John Carter".... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Vann | 1/11/2014

    " Loved these books! Read them as a kid. They were my "Harry Potters". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Genie | 1/6/2014

    " illustrates why I don't like sci-fi very much. too much technical description. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia Garza | 1/3/2014

    " I've read pretty much the entire series as a kid. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/3/2014

    " This was kind of a fun book if you like Sci Fi. It was written in 1915 so it was fun to see what he came up with back then. There is a movie out right now based on this book called "John Carter". It's good for a fun night especially if you don't have to pay full price. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aisha | 1/2/2014

    " Quite swashbuckling, and it didn't quite all hang together properly, but kind of fun in a slightly mindless way. The book equivalent of a summer blockbuster action movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen Mcdonald | 12/31/2013

    " Cheese. Warm, gooey, stringy cheese. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 12/28/2013

    " Tragic. :( It made me want to cry! But, it was a wonderful story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dariusz | 12/25/2013

    " I read it after watching the movie - I'd say it was better, but still lacked something extra. Though it was a nice read, I probably won't read the next books from the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danci Tatton | 12/15/2013

    " Loved it. Can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/17/2013

    " This story is a really great adventure! In some ways, it is a product of it's time (especially in relation to it's views on the fairer sex), but in some ways I can tell that it was very much ahead of its time (the humane treatment of animals). I liked it a lot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizzy S. | 11/17/2013

    " This book was okay, much better than the movie! A very interesting view of Mars, alien life, human interaction, etc. However, the main character is a bit overly fortunate at times and it can all feel a bit unrealistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 11/10/2013

    " It's your generic sci-fi story about a guy going to Mars to basically become Superman, but what kept me reading was the story's interesting creatures and landscape. It was really creative, and I respect the author for that. Just please don't see the movie... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria Wheeler | 10/2/2013

    " Really more like 3.5 stars. This book was overall rather enjoyable and quick. I wish Burroughs had taken the same care with the latter half of the book as he did with the first; it suffers at the end from poor pacing and lack of detail. Still, it was quite fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Federico | 9/30/2013

    " From a historical stand point, it was written a couple of years after the invention of the airplane and description of arial warfare is quite visionary! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flosi | 9/17/2013

    " A wonderful sense of imagination and art drawn together in a fantasy that still lives in the books Burroughs wrote. John Carter is still 'alive' with the recent release of a movie. Good show E R Bireoughs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janis | 9/6/2013

    " It was fun and apparently much better than the movie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazen Wardle | 8/28/2013

    " Much better than Disney's theatrical rendition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 7/29/2013

    " It's your generic sci-fi story about a guy going to Mars to basically become Superman, but what kept me reading was the story's interesting creatures and landscape. It was really creative, and I respect the author for that. Just please don't see the movie... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Corbin | 7/23/2013

    " The Barsoom series is one of my favorite, if not the favorite, book series ever. I absolutely adore the books... I'm currently on #7. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aneel | 6/27/2013

    " I was hoping this would be better. Some of the fantastic bits about Barsoom were interesting, but there was very little follow through. The characters are generally pretty flat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Solomon | 6/14/2013

    " I thouroghly enjoyed this book. it had a futreistic sense of that when we run out of natural resources we will be hard pressed to retain a certain degree of civility. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Earl | 5/21/2013

    " Fantastic! I couldn't believe how good it was and how fast a read it was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi | 2/12/2013

    " Awesome. John Carter figures out foreign languages, kicks ass, unites several races and keeps the world from dying in like 180 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brant | 2/7/2013

    " SO much better than the movie. The story moves along quickly and left me wanting more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anastacia | 1/19/2013

    " I gave it the old college try, I really did. It was just so godawful.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Hill | 12/22/2012

    " If it were written in 2012, I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much. The fact it is 100 years old gave the story a novelty I enjoyed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/20/2012

    " Wow, John Carter can do anything and has astoundingly good luck. I didn't care for him much as a character. I was more interested in the Martians. Overall, meh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnnyq1964 | 10/1/2012

    " I've re-read this series because of the John Carter movie. The books are great and the movie, although not following the letter of the story did a great job in bringing it up todays 'sensibilities'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayprime | 9/11/2012

    " Interesting (if uncomplicated) story with a voice and feel typical of early 20th century science fiction. Certaily an enjoyable read for fans of science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tena | 8/7/2012

    " A brilliant piece of classic science fiction. It absolutely had some silly moments, but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 7/23/2012

    " This was an amazing book. It was imaginative and immersive. The characters were interesting and unique and the storyline kept you wanting to read more. It was very hard to put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria Wheeler | 7/8/2012

    " Really more like 3.5 stars. This book was overall rather enjoyable and quick. I wish Burroughs had taken the same care with the latter half of the book as he did with the first; it suffers at the end from poor pacing and lack of detail. Still, it was quite fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rakesh | 6/29/2012

    " A surprisingly great science fiction story for the time it was written in. Its nothing like the John Carter movie that much I can say for sure. I wish the movie was more like the book. Now I'm excited to read the next John carter book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dreyden | 6/28/2012

    " Really liked it. It got heavy with the cheese and chivalry at times, but all around a great read and worthy of continuing the legacy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 3/25/2012

    " not bad kinda a lame ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 12/13/2011

    " Enjoyed the book, read it first then watched the John Carter movie. I recommend the books, the movie was pretty, had good effects, but I believe it shared names with characters and a Civil War vet goes to Mars, that was about all I could tell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rini | 11/28/2011

    " Eisntein said : Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audarling | 11/4/2011

    " Imaginative and captivating, a very enjoyable read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 11/1/2011

    " Interesting, straightforward, old, action-y fantasy. Kinda fun in a really-odd-premise sort of way: Civil War vet walks into a cave in Arizona, wakes up on Mars, and saves the Princess. Hurray! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 10/19/2011

    " It thought this was a fun, entertaining, quick read. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 10/17/2011

    " this was my grandfathers favourite book and I remember him telling me how good it was. At the time I wrongly assumed that as the book was so old, is hate it. Decided one year to take a copy on my holiday. I have to say a really enjoyed it, sure its a little twee but good fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory | 10/14/2011

    " Ahh, if forgot just how good classic sci-fi can be, and Burroughs' Barsoom series is a perfect example of classic pulp sci-fi. On to book 2! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph | 10/8/2011

    " A imaginative narrative that take you through a violent adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey Cheesman | 10/8/2011

    " I loved it now as much as I did as a little kid. the science makes no sense but they just didn't know what they do now. What really draws you in is the adventure and romance and the chivalry and sheer bravado of the main character. What princess wouldn't fall for a man who braves all for her love? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherwin | 10/6/2011

    " Enjoyed it although it was a bit harder to stick to than I would have liked. Could be because I don't seem to have much time to read. Had to restart several times. Overall, it was a fun read and I will probably finish the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 9/24/2011

    " A riotously fun read. Sure, Burroughs quickly glosses over some plot issues, but it is a fun and fascinating thrill ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 9/19/2011

    " Sure, it has some flaws, including what might be the most anticlimactic fight scene I've ever read, but this is lots of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerardommreader | 9/19/2011

    " Amazing novel! Great world-building, beautiful writing, intriguing characters. Love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 9/18/2011

    " Some interesting moments, but I grew tired of it towards the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayme | 9/18/2011

    " Fun and quick read. There is not much suspense but it is still entertaining. Not your usual Sci Fi book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annette | 9/12/2011

    " Now I understand why so many people say that they don't like science fiction. I think they read books like this one; plotless, pointless, misogynistic, racist, and ridiculous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Breuilly-pike | 2/18/2011

    " What the Movie John Carter was based on... enjoyed it very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew Adams | 8/11/2010

    " I originally marked this to read about five years ago. I finally started after seeing the recent Disney film "John Carter," which, contrary to most critics, I actually enjoyed. But I lost interest in the book after about halfway through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 4/5/2008

    " A great adventure story I read a long time ago. Suspend some of your unbelief and enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonia | 7/4/2007

    " This is a good book. I really enjoyed the story and the characters and how they were presented in the book. However the writing style was not pleasing to me. Edgar Burroughs Sentences are very long and at times difficult to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Marks | 1/10/2006

    " Who doesn't love Barsoom!? :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Federico | 1/1/2006

    " From a historical stand point, it was written a couple of years after the invention of the airplane and description of arial warfare is quite visionary! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Velvet Ng | 10/12/2001

    " Loved it!! Read the whole series.. And I love the way there are so many mini adventures! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Goshko | 8/17/2001

    " I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Tremendous creativity and a story line that held my interest. I am now starting book #7 in this series. "

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About the Author
Author Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875–1950), born in Chicago, was educated at Michigan Military Academy and served briefly in the US Cavalry. He began writing while working as a pencil-sharpener salesman, publishing his first piece in 1912 to great success. He authored numerous science fiction and fantasy series but is most famous for his Tarzan books; the suburb of Los Angeles where he lived eventually became known as Tarzana.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.