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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,963 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: January 2011 ISBN: 9781470800604
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This is the extraordinary story of John Carter, who returns to the Red Planet in search of his beloved, Dejah Thoris. Along with his friend Tars Tarkas, mighty Jeddak of Thark, John lands in the Valley Dor, which is populated by vicious plant men, and discovers the Lost Sea of Korus, guarded by the great white apes and horrifying lions of Barsoom. It is here that he finds the princess Thuvia, who is a captive of the Holy Therns, high priests who eat only the flesh of humans slain by their plant men. But this is only the beginning of John Carter’s adventures under the double moons of Mars before he fights his way back to his own people as the Prince of the House of Tardos Mors.

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Quotes & Awards

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

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

  • “Exudes tremendous energy.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 2/19/2014

    " Fighting, jumping, weird pacing, really convenient happenstance, maybe a little racism, etc. I didn't intend to carry on with Barsoom, but I have to admit that this ending was pretty epic and such a cliffhanger that I already began the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arwen | 2/18/2014

    " Another entertaining entry in the John Carter saga. I look forward to reading the next entry in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cmadler | 2/18/2014

    " I found this sequel, obviously based on the Odyssey,a much more enjoyable read than the first book.Partially, I suspect that this is because the first book did much of the work of introducing the characters, settings, terms, and ideas that are continued here, allowing this book to spend more time on an actual plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 2/17/2014

    " After having watched the movie and the first book of the Barsoom series I decided to continue on with this one. Here, you are actually introduced to the Therns and another race, the black pirates. This book was all about how to escape to find his beloved Dejah Thoris. Some parts were predictable, but others we quite surprising. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan Finder | 2/11/2014

    " John Carter Of Mars: The Gods Of Mars is a fantastic book. It has just the right proportion of imagination and adventure.It is a classic science fiction novel. It is a sequel to A Princess Of Mars. The main character is John Carter. He was a Virginia cavalry man on Earth. He was transoported to Mars(Barsoom as the natives call it) through a magical cave. He began to love Mars, and married the red martian princess, Dejah Thoris. At the end of the first book, he is transported back to Earth. In the second book, he is able to get back to Mars through strenuous efforts. But when he does get back to Mars, he cannot get back to his family. He reunites with Tars Tarkas, a green martian who is the Jeddak(leader) of a race called Tharks. While trying to reunite with his wife and son, John Carter must battle fascinating foes such as the plant men, the white apes and the black pirates of Barsoom. He must escape from the black martians, who have captured him in a ship that sails the air. I enjoyed this book because its imagination and creativity never comes to an end. It is even more exciting than the first installment. The type of reader that would like this book, is someone that enjoys fun, swashbuckling adventure books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harold | 2/7/2014

    " This whole series made such an impression on me! Incredible! Rich, exciting and fabulous! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 2/6/2014

    " This book was written almost a hundred years ago. The dialogue is formal in the extreme, but probably typical for the time it was written. Note from Civil War soldiers to their sweethearts and parents were formal, too. Strange, too, in that the Martians use flying machines (which you can fall off of, much as a raft in a river) and still fight with pikes and swords. Oh well, I am still enjoying the stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimberly Davis | 1/30/2014

    " Surprisingly disappointed in this second book in the series, when I loved the first so much. It was exhausting. From the first few pages, it's non-stop battle sequences, with no reprieve in sight. I love a good sword fight, but after so many chapters without a break, it becomes boring. Too much of a good thing, I suppose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/29/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book. There is nothing ground breaking. The writing isn't great. It's just another fun book. There was more depth to this book than the first, and more pain. "

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

    " Just as good and action-filled as the first, excellent book. "

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

    " John Carter escapes the River of Iss and the hideous creatures living in the valley. He then becomes the prisoner of the First Born and finds his son a slave to the Goddess Issus. Of course they both escape through fighting and stealing an air ship to return to Helium to find his beloved has voluntarily gone to the River and 'heaven'. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew Vice | 1/26/2014

    " This book was really frustrating, and it just wasn't as enjoyable as the first. Maybe I just don't have that much brainpower in me for a fucking book like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/24/2014

    " This book, #2 of 11 in Burroughs' John Carter series, is a direct sequel to the classic "A Princess of Mars," and a reading of that earlier volume is fairly essential before going into this one. "Gods..." was first published in serial form in "All-Story Magazine" in 1913, and comprises one of Burroughs' earliest works. It is amazing how much action the author manages to cram into the book's 190 pages; on just about EVERY page there is some kind of incredible happening or colorful bit. The book really is hard to put down, and yet, at the same time, the end of just about every paragraph could serve as a cliffhanger! The pace of the book is brisk and relentless, and really carries the reader along to another great cliffhanger at the conclusion. In this volume, our hero, John Carter, returns to Barsoom after a decade's absence, and goes to that planet's "heaven." But heaven turns out to be anything but, and our man gets caught up in battles with plant men and white apes, lost civilizations, religious taboos, the plots of an evil "goddess," duels in the arena and on and on. There are two action set pieces that Burroughs really puts over well. One is the slave revolt that takes place halfway through the tale; the other, a bravura, four-way air battle between the forces of the black, white, red and green men of Barsoom. Both of these sections are thrilling in the extreme; better than anything in the first Barsoom novel. It's also nice that Carter, an Earthman on Mars, fights alongside men and women of varied races, colors, and religious beliefs in a common cause; there's some kind of message there--one for tolerance and brotherhood--that we could all avail ourselves of today. Having said all this, however, I must admit that there are problems in this novel that prevent me from giving it a top grade. These problems mainly take the form of fuzzy writing and internal inconsistencies. Burroughs, in this novel, does not do well in describing geography; his depictions of the Valley of the Therns, for example, are almost impossible to visualize (for me, anyway). A map of this planet (such as the one provided in LeGuin's Earthsea books) would have greatly helped, given Burroughs' inability to clearly set out his world. As for the inconsistencies: Burroughs, the "editor" of the novel, says he first read Carter's manuscript (for Book #1) 12 years previously; but if he had really obeyed Carter's will (that the manuscript not be opened for 11 years), then he would have only first seen the text of "A Princess of Mars" ONE year before! Tars Tarkas is said to be grieving over his kidnapped daughter in one section of this book; then, a few scenes later, he learns of this kidnapping for the first time. Huh?!?! The scene with Carter on the black-pirate cruiser contains many inconsistencies. Carter is said to be fighting five of these men; he kills three of them, and then three are left. Huh?!?! Six pirates are killed, all told, but later in the book, the number is said to be seven. Carter is said to have killed all these men single-handed, although the Thern princess, Phaidor, had helped him. These pirates are all asleep in the cruiser when Carter comes upon them, although they had been sacking the Thern temple scant minutes before. Does this seem likely? Inconsistencies such as this can drive an alert reader crazy. And don't even get me started on the redundant expressions such as "haven of refuge" and "craven cowards" that pop up all the time. Burroughs improved with age, but these early books are rife with problems that a good copyediting should have weeded out. Still, these minor problems are easily overlooked when one is caught up in the sweep of the story, and this story is as exciting as they come. It really is a tremendous feat of imagination, and one that any lover of swashbuckling fantasy should hugely enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arun | 1/16/2014

    " Just pulp sci fi. Loved it.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/15/2014

    " To be honest I skimmed a lot of the fight scenes. They felt a little repetitive. But the book ended leaving me wanting more. Enjoyed overall but not as much as the previous "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stefan | 1/13/2014

    " i know. you notice i rated book one as two stars and i still read the second? so i did and it still wasnt that great. read it yourself and decide. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/31/2013

    " This one kept me on the edge of my seat. Action from beginning to end. It does leave a bit of a cliff hanger at the end so I'm anxious to get to the third John Carter book The Warlord of Mars. So I suggest if you read this book to have the next one handy to dig into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/28/2013

    " Cliff Hanger ending is awesome. Burroughs is the bomb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik Braun | 12/24/2013

    " Better then the first. More of the same but with a number of religious and political undertones that carry weight even years later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 12/22/2013

    " Fun adventure novel. Not meant to be deep or complex but interesting and action packed. It serves very well as such. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max Ostrovsky | 12/19/2013

    " Even more swashbuckling than the first! Plus, an awesome cliffhanger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 12/10/2013

    " Fun adventure novel. Not meant to be deep or complex but interesting and action packed. It serves very well as such. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey | 12/9/2013

    " I would give 3.5 stars if available. At times I really loved this book and loved the character interaction, other times I was very confused at what was happening and loss some interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martyn | 11/23/2013

    " Better than "Princess of Mars". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaitlin | 10/22/2013

    " While not as good as the first book in the Barsoom series, it is still a fun ride to take to the end. The way in which Burroughs continues to build upon his preexisting world is still entertaining. I recommend this book only for dear lovers of the first in the Barsoom series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexis Neal | 10/5/2013

    " John Carter = boring. Dejah Thoris = not worth the fuss. Kantos Kan and Tars Tarkas = awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Harris | 7/31/2013

    " I never thought I would like a pulpy swashbuckling adventure story, but I'm really enjoying this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 4/30/2013

    " Continues the series. Not bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caleb0199 | 12/31/2012

    " Nowhere near as fun to read as the first book in the series. The setting is different, but held a sense of ugliness for me that was not present in book 1. I will read tune next one, but am certainly hopeful that things turn up from here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katarina | 7/27/2012

    " Not my favorite of the series so far. Could be less weird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 3/27/2012

    " Continues the series. Not bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val Dur | 1/12/2012

    " if you want o know how men and women should be then read E.R.B "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kurt | 11/29/2011

    " My God, what a hack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyssa | 11/25/2011

    " The Gods of Mars has a noticeably different pace than its predecessor. I enjoyed the adventure, of course, but the unknown is what made this book interesting. What's happened in his absence? What has become of his princess? How will he overcome these obstacles? Very fun, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roman | 11/24/2011

    " The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (2005) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Barnette | 11/16/2011

    " Second book in the great classic sword and plant series from one of the great masters of the genre. A must read for anyone who likes classic science fiction and the sword and planet sub-genre especially. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 10/9/2011

    " Nice follow-up. Looking forward to continuing the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie desJardins | 5/8/2011

    " Meh. Not as fun as Princess of Mars. Even sillier. Despite the cliffhanger ending, I don't think I'll continue to #3. I did love this series when I was a young teen, though, so I wouldn't "disrecommend" it to somebody who wanted to give it a try. Just don't expect too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/29/2011

    " Cliff Hanger ending is awesome. Burroughs is the bomb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allisonperkel | 4/17/2011

    " Solid pulp adventure. Not as good as the first book. The second time around feels a little more derivative. Still a lot of fun in a roller coaster sort of way. Highly enjoyable reading candy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelvin | 3/22/2011

    " Just finished reading the Barsoom serial, which I have on my kindle. These are excellent book to read, I'm really getting into E.R.B. style. It was a shame to find I reach the end on the books. I got totally absorbed into them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 2/20/2011

    " Even better than the first, but wasn't expecting the abrupt ending. It is interesting to read a hero whose only fault is being TOO honorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholas | 1/15/2011

    " What a fun book. There were almost continuous sword battles in this one, and again we have the main character starting a war, killing thousands just to save his princess. Inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Heiss | 1/12/2011

    " So campy and predictable, but surprisingly so fun at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 9/4/2010

    " Second book in the great classic sword and plant series from one of the great masters of the genre. A must read for anyone who likes classic science fiction and the sword and planet sub-genre especially. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 8/21/2010

    " I like the first book, a lot actually, as it kept a good balance of story and plot to create a very likable story. The sequel though, thought it would be a good idea to have the first three chapters have nothing but fighting in them. I couldn't read on after that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 8/6/2010

    " Book two of my treadmill series. A guilty pleasure that distracts me from my workouts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 7/17/2010

    " The cliffhanger at the end was enough to make me want to dig up Edgar Rice Burroughs and punch him in the skeleton.

    The pace was almost too fast, but at the same time impossible to put down.

    Would make an excellent big-budget summer blockbuster. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle Sawyer | 12/1/2009

    " It was not as captivating as the first, but it continued the story well. It did not develop the support characters deeply but did develop some interest in them and their stories. Action packed. "

  • 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... "

  • 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 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. "

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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.