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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (766 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: March 2009 ISBN: 9781400179312
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Far to the north, in the frozen wastes of Polar Mars, lay the home of the Holy Therns, sacred and inviolate. Only John Carter dared to go there to find his lost Dejah Thoris. But between him and his goal lay the bones of all who had gone before.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harley Jackson | 2/19/2014

    " Truly the greatest trilogy ever written. This magnificent piece of science fiction has now become my favorite. It's even superior to LOTR! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 2/18/2014

    " While I enjoyed the first two books well enough, the third one ended up being a bit of a burden for me to churn through. still, a pretty amazing classic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher | 2/15/2014

    " This was a nostalgia read after seeing the movie trailers on TV. I had read a couple of Tarzans and Conans in Junior High, so I thought I needed to know this hero as well. I would say this is a terrific read for a 14 year old filled with ambitions and dreams. I found the theme to be Ain't No Mountain High Enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 2/14/2014

    " Watched the first book as the movie "John Carter," which my hubby LOVES! Then listened to the next two books on an extended road trip with him. Holy cow did Edgar Rice Burroughs have an imagination or what? He has so much detail and events and characters in every chapter that it kept us spellbound. Books are better than the move, as usual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liisa | 2/11/2014

    " I read these 3 books fairly quickly, one after another after seeing the movie. They are fun boy's own adventure type pulp fiction set in a fantastical 'Mars' of the author's imagination. They are dated hugely of course so there is notable overt racism and sexism, but the creatures and environments described are very creative and fascinating. They are serialised stories and the first 2 books finish with cliff hanger endings and although the 3rd book seems to round everything up it appears there are at least another 6 or 7 books to follow (that I don't think I can be bothered reading). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 2/7/2014

    " These books I found lagged in places (the pacing was sometimes really odd) but they were really imaginative and fun. The first one was particularly good I thought. ERB was one of the greats of sci-fi and action, so not surprising that they were generally exciting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/31/2014

    " Got to page 217....couldn't finish it. More to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 1/19/2014

    " I LOVE this series. I want MORE. I totally enjoy his writing style and need to branch out and try reading some of the other books he has written. Any suggestions? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Palmer | 1/17/2014

    " This is only the second work of Burroughs that I've read. I enjoyed this less than At the Earth's Core. I do plan on reading the next two books, assuming they will have a bit more story to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Walker | 1/17/2014

    " 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rowan Risoliere-Clark | 1/15/2014

    " Probably one of the finest collection of Science Fantasy ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bellcap1 | 1/7/2014

    " Saw this one on the B&N bargain shelf and hadn't read any of his work. Good old pulp fiction what a relaxing read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joel | 1/6/2014

    " Sorry, I had to put this one down. I can't take any more of the "go to exotic places, meet fascinating people, and kill them" mentality. Read this if you want to be subjected to endless battle scenes and gruesome aliens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 12/30/2013

    " Watched the first book as the movie "John Carter," which my hubby LOVES! Then listened to the next two books on an extended road trip with him. Holy cow did Edgar Rice Burroughs have an imagination or what? He has so much detail and events and characters in every chapter that it kept us spellbound. Books are better than the move, as usual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.D. | 12/29/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harley Jackson | 12/27/2013

    " Truly the greatest trilogy ever written. This magnificent piece of science fiction has now become my favorite. It's even superior to LOTR! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zoë | 11/3/2013

    " I'm sorry, Edgar Rice Burroughs, but I can't even get halfway through the first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 10/10/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/9/2013

    " Got to page 217....couldn't finish it. More to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heath | 8/30/2013

    " Liked the 1st best of all, with the 2nd and 3rd book was one store over two books expanded the story and the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 8/21/2013

    " See my review of A Princess Of Mars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carsten Bradley | 8/19/2013

    " There's a lot of typos in this version, but the stories are still awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 7/18/2013

    " Fantastic ride. Action, intrigue and our mighty hero battling for the incomparable princess. What more could anyone want! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 7/6/2013

    " The imagination in this book is amazing when you consider that it was written long before Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. The story lines get a little tired by the third installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carsten Bradley | 7/4/2013

    " There's a lot of typos in this version, but the stories are still awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathaniel Mathews | 7/4/2013

    " Fantastic. Edgar Rice Burroughs is at his best when writing John Carter. His first novel, and possibly his most interesting- He leaves you wanting more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronnie | 4/10/2013

    " A trilogy that was a fast paced read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilana | 1/20/2013

    " Total pulp fiction, but so much fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilana | 11/27/2012

    " Total pulp fiction, but so much fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronando | 11/20/2012

    " I received this as a gift prior to the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it as much as I did the first time I read the series back in the '80s. Though the science is lacking, since Burroughs wrote it in 1912, the non-stop adventure fiction is like candy; you simply cannot get enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronando | 8/27/2012

    " I received this as a gift prior to the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it as much as I did the first time I read the series back in the '80s. Though the science is lacking, since Burroughs wrote it in 1912, the non-stop adventure fiction is like candy; you simply cannot get enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 7/29/2012

    " Haven't read these books since - well a long time ago. Still one of the giants of early science fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 5/9/2012

    " The story is absolutely relentless in it's pacing and there is very little downtime, if any. This does get tiring after a while making it harder to read. Still a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allegra Wilson | 12/14/2011

    " Amazing. It gets better as it goes, and it draws you in from the beginning. Loved all three books in this installation. 8 more to go in the series! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 glitrbug | 10/29/2011

    " Read the first in the series and stopped. Just not that exciting for pulp fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 2/11/2011

    " These books I found lagged in places (the pacing was sometimes really odd) but they were really imaginative and fun. The first one was particularly good I thought. ERB was one of the greats of sci-fi and action, so not surprising that they were generally exciting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 glitrbug | 9/10/2010

    " Read the first in the series and stopped. Just not that exciting for pulp fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lanny Nebeker | 7/24/2010

    " I love this book! It's hard to believe that it was written in the 1800's. I love the imagination of a Martian tail through the eyes of a man from that time period. John carter is an excellent character that is easy to relate to if you are a young lad with desires to be a super hero. Read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Yorgason | 5/20/2010

    " Great stories. It is nice to read good stories and not have to worry about reading anything bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 12/5/2009

    " Fantastic ride. Action, intrigue and our mighty hero battling for the incomparable princess. What more could anyone want! "

  • 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... "

  • 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! "

  • 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 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. "

  • 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... "

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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.