©1962 Edgar Rice Burroughs (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks
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"Can't tell if the book is good or not"
I have been trying to listen to this book, but it has been like pulling teeth. I can't get into the book, other than my wish to continue the series after my enjoyment of the first 3 in the series.
Mr Todd's performance is not my favorite. He reads quickly, with little inflection other than the rhythmic same set of tones that he uses through the whole reading, and he does nothing to differentiate for the voices. If you like that sort of thing, then maybe this is the reader for you.
I must say that I will never again go for the cheaper and faster book, when there are multiple narrator options.
Hopefully, if the other narrator for this book is better, I will enjoy the story.
This story is not about Carter, but his son. Understood, but the reading was very hard to get over. Parts of sentences were over dramatized and some words were pronounced incorrectly.
I thought Thuvia should have been a little more mature than how this book portrays her, because she is much older than Carthoris. But it is still a good book. The ending was a little disappointing. It didn't feel like and ERB ending. As if I know anything, I've only listened to the 3 books prior to this one in the series...but the ending felt a little short to me.
All in All - Good Story, bad reader.
"ERB at his best"
ERB used Tarzan as his main character in almost all of the 24 books of Tarzan Series. In his Martian series, ERB took another tact; he introduced new characters with new motivations. Thuvia and Carter's son Cathois are the main characters and the typical Burroughs heroes. This means they pass though a series of fantastic adventures, each one about to bring death. Even worse, they must face the evil fiends who would spoil Thuvia's virtual. If you enjoy black and white romantic adventure, listen to this book. If you want gritty realism, don't. I grew up on ERB, and still enjoy him when I want a simple but exciting story. Thuvia, Maid of Mars is one I do enjoy.
The reader John Bolen does an acceptable job and does not detract from the tale.
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