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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (63,074 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs Narrator: John Bolen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Barsoom Series Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781400179107
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Two years before Edgar Rice Burroughs became a worldwide celebrity with the publication of Tarzan of the Apes, he published A Princess of Mars. A futuristic sci-fi fantasy romance, A Princess of Mars tells the story of John Carter, a Civil War veteran who inexplicably finds himself held prisoner on the planet Mars by the Green Men of Thark. Together with Dejah Thoris, the princess of another clan on Mars, the unlikely pair must fight for their freedom and save the entire planet from destruction as the life-sustaining Atmosphere Factory slowly grinds to a halt.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanne | 2/20/2014

    " On hearing about the movie, I decided I must read the book/s. I never did get to see the movie so I can't compare ERB writing to the film. John Carter suddenly wakes to find himself on Mars after being trapped in a cave on Earth. In book you get the idea that he wished himself there, I think an inter dimensional porthole is more likely. But I must remember this book was written 100 years ago and Boroughs was writing a new genre. The characters are thinly written, what you have is brave hero John Carter making friends with his captor. Wins the love of a Princess and her people. Makes a loyal pet of the beast set to guard him. This story was written as serial story in a magazine most likely aimed at teenage boys. I did enjoy reading this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audra | 2/18/2014

    " It was okay, not what I expected really. It was well written though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Slagle | 2/16/2014

    " Pop sci-fi, old school. Yeah, baby "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 2/14/2014

    " When I was 11 or 12, I absolutely loved the Tarzan books, but I never read any of his science fiction. I'm not 11 or 12 anymore and my taste is scifi also has the benefit of a lot of reading in the genre. Even so, it was a good "beach read". It won't wear out your brain cells and it really moves along! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Webb | 2/6/2014

    " I'm not a fan of First Person Stories, but this worked very well. Some of the language is very dated, I actually had to look up a few words to understand there meaning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D. Hunter Phillips | 2/2/2014

    " Edgar Rice Burroughs was really a great author. I know these stories are pulp, but I bet just about anybody could read one of his books, even non-readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Lewter | 2/2/2014

    " Super! I love the Barsoom stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake | 2/1/2014

    " Excellent book, it was really interesting to read a book written back in 1912, since back then people had a much different perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hector Ibarraran | 1/29/2014

    " Really had fun reading this free book. I can see how Burroughs would have inspired a young Carl Sagan to explore the misters of the universe. In this book, we find every conceivable campy motif in science fiction, but without any hint of irony. A high octane adventure that feels like a mix of Indiana Jones and Conan the Barbarian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth A. | 1/26/2014

    " I actually started it a month or two ago and it was enjoyable enough,not bad,written in the style of the time,not entirely politically correct and so not for everyone. As it is part of a long series it will be unlikely that I finish all of them. It ends well enough as a single read though,you can pretty much call it a probably happy ending if you use a little imagination. I would have liked more of Sola than the princess. If you get bored by books with a lot of technical details you may get lost at times. Even I did now and then and I usually like that sort of thing. Short review I guess,but it's really not complicated otherwise... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hal Shipman | 1/26/2014

    " Decent enough, but pretty dated style. Very little dialog - frankly more of a historical artifact than engaging on it's own merits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly Davis | 1/15/2014

    " I loved the storyline, and the world felt very real. I loved learning about the different cultures and customs of the two Martian races. The book ended on a big cliffhanger, I'm already starting on book 2. Great love story with lots of action and adventure, with a definite sci-fi feel to it. "

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

    " My first science fiction book, loved it not just for the story but because it was my dad's book, and now we had something in common. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/12/2014

    " Not something I would normally read. My daughter said the movie was really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Harrison | 1/12/2014

    " It wasn't horrible. But the ending just about ruined it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gene Komaromi | 1/11/2014

    " This book was a surprise. I read it because of the hype for the "John Carter" movie, expecting little. Wow, I was surprised, the story was action packed with a decent plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trina | 1/9/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Peters | 12/25/2013

    " Really fun to read. I am amused by the imaginings of Edgar Rice Burroughs, he invented things long before they were real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/15/2013

    " Burroughs knew how to write adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/13/2013

    " Burroughs knew how to write adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harold | 12/9/2013

    " Beautiful story of adventure and romance on the red planet! Amazing cultures, characters and histories! What a tale! What a series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Seidel | 12/8/2013

    " A fun adventure. I'm interested enough to read more. The problem I have with the style is that it's a whole lot of telling and not enough showing. So, I'm glad I read it on audiobook, because that format fits the telling nature of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Corbin | 12/2/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ralph Jr. | 11/27/2013

    " Loved it! read it years agoi, and started reading the series again after seeing the excellent movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Vann | 11/26/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizzy S. | 11/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 11/16/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/11/2013

    " Fun! I want to see the movie John Carter now and I'd like to read more in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake | 10/29/2013

    " Excellent book, it was really interesting to read a book written back in 1912, since back then people had a much different perspective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phrito | 10/18/2013

    " I'm going to flag this one as DNF for the time being. I'm a third of the way in and I'm bored. These first person recollections are not a literary style I care for. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik Braun | 10/7/2013

    " Really 2.5 stars the writing clearly dates the book but it's quick, easy and keeps you entertained. Exactly what I was looking for at the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 10/6/2013

    " Now and again I like to investigate the classics of a literary genre, which is why I picked up this book. Written in 1911, published in 1917, it is dated and a touch hokey, but still exciting and fun to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Simon | 9/4/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. | 8/14/2013

    " Fun read especially for children and young adults "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Marlowe | 8/13/2013

    " Pretty shallow writing and a meandering story, but at least I can now check this classic off the list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 8/7/2013

    " Good book with some beautiful writing, but I didn't feel like finishing it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 7/29/2013

    " I love these John Carter books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I'd read them as a teenager and was pleased to see them available for free (my favorite price) on the Project Gutenberg site. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Way | 7/13/2013

    " I had to read this after I saw the movie 'John Carter'. The book has so much more than the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 6/27/2013

    " Ok, So I saw the Disney movie and loved it so i decided to read the book on good reads. I love it. It was so good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 6/22/2013

    " 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 Capri | 5/3/2013

    " Excellent! Very imaginative. I cannot wait to read ehat happed in John Carter' future adventures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 4/24/2013

    " Short and not difficult, though the writing style is very turn of the (20th) century. Honestly I probably would have enjoyed it more had I not seen the movie - the movie was actually quite faithful to the story. I plan on reading the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy DeBottis | 3/20/2013

    " An interesting story, and definitely an accomplishment for the time it was written as far as sci-fi goes, but things just come to the main character too easy. It seems like an endless list of challenges that he easily overcomes before moving to the next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danci Tatton | 3/12/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 2/26/2013

    " A great start to a great series. I enjoyed this series much more than the Tarzan series by the same author. Some of the John Carter books are free on kindle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Boler | 2/23/2013

    " I liked it for the most part, although it was hard to follow at times there was alot of time that would just be skipped over and you would only hear what happened afterward, kinda wierd, cant wait to read the next in the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Doug | 2/16/2013

    " fell asleep too many times reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 12/2/2012

    " Let's just say when I was sixteen I found the book to be more entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flosi | 11/21/2012

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaq Greenspon | 10/15/2012

    " It's been a while since I read this and it holds up but barely. It is certainly a boy's own adventure and as a 15 year old it was amazing. As an adult it's a little ragged and the pulp hero ideal is dated. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 10/14/2012

    " (Semi-LibriVoxed.) FINALLY. Ugh. The best thing about this book was the end. I don't mean that snarkily, I really mean that. The ending was actually quite touching and well-done. Everything else leading up to it, though: less so. Uggghhhh. I need a brain-scrub. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Capri | 9/21/2012

    " Excellent! Very imaginative. I cannot wait to read ehat happed in John Carter' future adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arun | 7/21/2012

    " Much well & convincingly written, compared to the apeman in the Jungle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy Bishop | 7/10/2012

    " As far as old school fantasy goes, this is pretty good. circumstances are ridiculous throughout the series. Every step of John Carter's quests are full of amazing, miraculous coincidences, but it's a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/6/2012

    " Wish I could give 3 1/2 stars. It was a solid story with all the pulpy / culty / sci-fi-y goodness. Lots of good imagination and setup of this new planet and culture without thousands of pages worth of description - which I feel is an art that needs to be re-kindled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie Reed | 4/6/2012

    " A fun and refreshing blast from the past, there were still some things about it that were far too fantastical even for me. It's hard to explain. Honestly, I'm not sure I'll write a full review of this one, since so many people have already expressed their views. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry Steinmetz | 1/28/2012

    " Great fun. What a fantastic imagination Burroughs has. I also like the nature of the the main character. The very defination of what it means to be a man. I have two young sons and would like them to read this book for that reason. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett's Books | 11/4/2011

    " Enjoyed this sci-fi yarn, seemed wholly original and found the narrative and characters interesting. Good quick page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Berntson | 9/11/2011

    " In some ways it is a bit dated, our concept of scifi is much more refined now. And it is a really good ripping yarn! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 8/20/2011

    " A fun adventure if a little slow at times.Quick and mostly satisfying. it's obviously not trying to be realistic or true to fact so don't read it expecting to end up knowing more about mars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry Steinmetz | 8/9/2011

    " Great fun. What a fantastic imagination Burroughs has. I also like the nature of the the main character. The very defination of what it means to be a man. I have two young sons and would like them to read this book for that reason. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ezra | 4/12/2011

    " The plot doesn't hold up to today's standards. It is an interesting read if you'd like to see the early days of modern science-fiction and revel in just how far we've come both in imagination and quality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizzy S. | 3/2/2011

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa | 3/2/2011

    " It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't fabulous. I don't think I will read any more of the John Carter books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Striegel | 1/13/2011

    " Great pulp science fiction story. The pacing is a little off, but on the whole a really good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gavin Smith | 12/8/2010

    " This was great fun. I ripped through it in no time. A really fun science fiction/adventure story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay DeVine | 12/8/2010

    " What a fun book! Sure, this book is a little over the top, but it's one of the ones that started it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/30/2010

    " Very entertaining. A quick fun read. Mars is a rip roaring crazy place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 info_priestess | 7/7/2010

    " One of my all-time favorite series...Burroughs is a master craftsman & I never tire of these stories... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victor Orozco | 6/9/2010

    " Very nice story. This deserved to be made into a movie years ago. The Sci-Fi Western genre something made famous by Star Wars and Dune. B+. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iain Gray | 5/4/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book, am surprised that I'd not heard about this until the release of the John Carter film! The only disappointment its the inexplicable way John travels from and then returns to Earth. Some of the science is a bit dodgy but for being nearly 100 years old this is excusable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 1/13/2010

    " I loved these book in elementary school, before Star Wars, before Star Trek. I decided to re-read after seeing "John Carter". What was it that I found so intriguing? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve & Nancy | 6/17/2009

    " This is really just the first three books of the martian series combined into one volumn. I was disappointed because I thought I had found a Burroughs martian book I had not read. The martina series is awesome "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 1/16/2009

    " JOHN CARTER OF FREAKING MARS FTW! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 1/28/2003

    " This was one where I saw the movie (John Carter) first, but I did enjoy this read as much as the movie. The movie hit on most of the points in this book, though they were turned around some, but Its a good book none the less and I think the movie would have still been good if done this way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. | 12/29/2001

    " Fun read especially for children and young adults "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimbolimbo | 11/29/2001

    " Unfortunately I watched the movie first and in this case I liked the movie better. The book was just too unbelievable. "

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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

John Bolen brings his extensive theater, film, and television experience to audiobooks. His work in film includes The Land, The Inn Outside the World, Dream Parlor, and the American Film Institute’s Women Directors Workshop short This Is Bill. His television appearances include “CIA: Masters of Deception” on the Discovery Channel. He has performed at many theaters in the Los Angeles area. He is also a playwright and a member of the New Voices Playwrights Theatre.