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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,740 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Bolen Narrator: John Bolen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Barsoom Series Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781400179251
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Tara, Princess of Helium—beautiful, fiery-tempered, and impetuous—found that following a whim could be dangerous. Lost in her flier in the midst of a Martian tempest, she was at the mercy of the mad wind and could only pray to be set down unharmed. Her hope of survival in the ancient, mysterious region of Barsoom would have been small indeed had she known of the strange inhuman customs of its inhabitants: a chessboard manned by humans who must contest each square to the death. Heads without bodies, and bodies without heads. And meet Gahan of Gathol, a hero worthy of the immortal warlord’s daughter.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Smith | 2/11/2014

    " This is not ERB's best work. He rather hurried through the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flosi | 2/4/2014

    " John Carter is not the star of this story, it is daughter Tara and two worthy warriors. She enters into several dangers but is rescued only to be involved in yet more suspense. Of course, she is saved and finds true love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 1/24/2014

    " Great book, though I believe this is the last book that is free on kindle in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 1/23/2014

    " The first, but by no means last, Sword & Planet novel to feature a living chess game, or the Martian equivalent. I just loved the fight scenes that take place on the Martian chess board. Some day I'll do this with the Taleran series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 1/23/2014

    " One of my two favorite Barsoom books outside of the initial trilogy. (The other being A Fighting Man of Mars.) Again it's in third person, allowing for different points of view. This time, though, we get a proper John Carter prologue/intro explaining how ERB obtained the manuscript. Very similar to Thuvia, Maid of Mars in structure (lone warrior goes off after missing princess, encounters lost cities and perils and (SPOILER!) gets the girl in the end) but there just seems to be a spark here that was missing in Thuvia -- the cities are loster and the perils are more perilous. Rykers and kaldanes and jetan, oh, my! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/21/2014

    " This is one book i could not put down, I loved the chess game, and i think i've read it over thirty times! that was such a well written scene. Rice outdid himself in this title, it is in my opinion the best book in the bassoon series. loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stanley Carter | 1/20/2014

    " Pretty good yarn, but I was surprised how unpolished Burroughs' prose was. He uses a lot of unnecessary "that"s. My publishers think *I* use the word "that" too much, but they'd probably freak if they read some of HIS sentences. Very entertaining novel though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerhard | 1/19/2014

    " Another brilliant read from ERB. Despite the fact that things ALWAYS just works out perfectly I thoroughly enjoy the series. Oh, for a TV series with all the grandeur of the Martian landscapes and people. Loved Gek the head! Especially when he was messing with the Manator guards...had a good chuckle with his antics. I would recommend this for a quick read to anyone, that enjoyed anything from mr. Burroughs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Harrison | 1/14/2014

    " I found the book to keep my interest from start to finish. "

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

    " Imaginative adventure, with some interesting concepts too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilfredo Penate | 1/1/2014

    " The Mars plots were getting old and repetitive. The characters and adventure is what still kept me reading them. This one finally gave it a different angle and made it as original as the first book (Princess of Mars). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 12/31/2013

    " Impetuous and headstrong, Tara, Princess of Helium and daughter of John Carter, defies the elements by flying into a rare, fierce Martian storm. Hurtled half a planet from her home she is threatened by grotesque, flesh eating monsters and barbarous warriors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Harvey | 12/27/2013

    " I'm starting to get tired of the style and substance of this series. "

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

    " Another enjoyable installment. A bit lecturey at times but mostly great fun. The romance between John Carter's daughter and her mercenary was cute too. For being book #5, it has all the excitement, adventure and novelty of the others. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/3/2013

    " One of my favorites of the Barsoom series. Tara is by far the most "human" character in the series. Her flaws are genuine and endearing, which makes her more relatable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nate | 12/3/2013

    " Different than the previous ones. Fun, once I got further into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arwen | 11/30/2013

    " I think this book has tied with A Princess of Mars for my favorite in the Barsoom series. I loved Tara, Ghek and Gahan, the main characters. I also liked the thrill of the lost city and the excitement of the chess game. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 11/23/2013

    " More great swashbuckling adventure featuring a chess game with live pieces and an alien who can detach his overdeveloped brain from his body. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 9/18/2013

    " Imaginative adventure, with some interesting concepts too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Strachovsky | 8/9/2013

    " More swashbuckling tales of Barsoom (Mars) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I wonder how much of his work has been 'adopted' into other more recent tales? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis Singley | 2/14/2013

    " This book was as good as the ones before in this series, if not a little better even. I greatly enjoyed it and am very glad I finally got around to reading these classics of the sci-fi world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis Singley | 2/12/2013

    " This book was as good as the ones before in this series, if not a little better even. I greatly enjoyed it and am very glad I finally got around to reading these classics of the sci-fi world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamey | 10/22/2012

    " In my opinion the best sci-fi/fantasy series of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diego Martinez | 2/23/2012

    " another great Mars adventure. Burroughs' game is like gladiator chess - he eventually shows us it near the end of the novel. Before that it's a rip-roaring yarn with aliens to make you squirm and dashing escapes. Of course there is the obligatory romance as well ! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nathan Langford | 10/6/2011

    " A guilty pleasure. At this point in the series, it a formula of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 8/4/2011

    " Followed the same formula as the other Barsoom books, but I liked the underlying theme around the game of Jetan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 7/9/2011

    " This is the best of the Barsoom books, perhaps the equal of A PRINCESS OF MARS. Imaginative, adventurous, and full of well earned suspense and romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ailish | 3/2/2011

    " Uneven - some parts of this book are quite entertaining despite the spoilt heroine. Best of all is Ghek the walking head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamey | 2/18/2011

    " In my opinion the best sci-fi/fantasy series of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 10/16/2010

    " This was one of my favorite books ever. Very disturbing at times but finally a multi-level plot for this series. Burroughs was on something when he wrote this for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 7/26/2010

    " Followed the same formula as the other Barsoom books, but I liked the underlying theme around the game of Jetan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 7/19/2010

    " Followed the same formula as the other Barsoom books, but I liked the underlying theme around the game of Jetan. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nathan | 5/31/2010

    " A guilty pleasure. At this point in the series, it a formula of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cm2dude | 9/9/2009

    " Great series... I had heard there is to be a film in 2012... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian | 4/11/2009

    " I loved this whole series. It's pretty sexual and macho and they're all massive page-turners.

    Same review for each. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suj | 3/15/2009

    " A truly simple book that takes you back to childhood tales of adventure and heroes. There is no such thing as a plot twist or usage of complex English. I am only surprised that someone has not made this into an action movie. It is mindless fun, and an easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 1/22/2009

    " Absolutely fantastic fantasy trilogy by one of the greatest authors! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Klafter | 12/3/2008

    " For out of this world adventure the Barsoom series is great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin | 8/6/2008

    " This book was a little slow in some places, but overall it was a lot of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 7/18/2008

    " The first, but by no means last, Sword & Planet novel to feature a living chess game, or the Martian equivalent. I just loved the fight scenes that take place on the Martian chess board. Some day I'll do this with the Taleran series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.D. | 5/27/2008

    " Cheesy as only early 20th century adventure fiction could be, but riveting nonetheless. Absolutely mesmerizing storytelling, set on a fantastic Mars that could never exist in real life, but one that's more vivid than reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 1/25/2008

    " Imaginative adventure, with some interesting concepts too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coyle | 1/9/2008

    " A fantastic adventure story- and I think a good description of how every guy secretly sees himself, with women throwing themselves at his feet and killing bad guys with a single punch... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred V | 12/14/2007

    " Did you build a martian chess board? I did, while the book was essentially a pot boiler, the theme and apppendix was facinating!...fvp "

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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.