The Gods of Mars


Read by JD Weber

(4.6 stars; 624 reviews)

The Gods of Mars is a 1918 Edgar Rice Burroughs science fiction novel, the second of his famous Barsoom series.It can be said that the novel set the tone for much science fiction to come. Its influence can clearly be seen in franchises such as Star Trek and Farscape. While Burroughs no doubt borrowed liberally from the pulp fiction of his day, particularly westerns and swashbuckling tales, the pacing and themes set the tone for the soft science fiction genre.

The protagonist, John Carter, with his proficiency in hand-to-hand combat and flirtations with beautiful alien women, could be said to have set the mold for later influential icons like Captain James T. Kirk and James Bond.

At the end of the first book, A Princess of Mars, John Carter is unwillingly transported back to Earth. The Gods of Mars begins with his arrival back on Barsoom (Mars) after a ten year hiatus, separated from his wife Dejah Thoris, his unborn child, and the Red Martian people of the nation of Helium, whom he has adopted as his own. Unfortunately, John Carter materializes in the one place on Barsoom from which nobody is allowed to depart: the Valley Dor, which is the Barsoomian heaven. (Summary from wikipedia)

(7 hr 41 min)

Chapters

01 – The Plant Men 31:09 Read by JD Weber
02 – A Forest Battle 25:24 Read by JD Weber
03 – The Chamber of Mystery 27:05 Read by JD Weber
04 – Thuvia 23:14 Read by JD Weber
05 – Corridors of Peril 17:45 Read by JD Weber
06 – The Black Pirates of Barsoom 15:46 Read by JD Weber
07 – A Fair Goddess 21:38 Read by JD Weber
08 – The Depths of Omean 24:08 Read by JD Weber
09 – Issus, Goddess of Life Eternal 18:09 Read by JD Weber
10 – The Prison Isle of Shador 18:06 Read by JD Weber
11 – When Hell Broke Loose 24:32 Read by JD Weber
12 – Doomed to Die 13:35 Read by JD Weber
13 – A Break for Liberty 24:29 Read by JD Weber
14 – The Eyes in the Dark 25:40 Read by JD Weber
15 – Flight and Pursuit 15:46 Read by JD Weber
16 – Under Arrest 19:33 Read by JD Weber
17 – The Death Sentence 15:59 Read by JD Weber
18 – Sola’s Story 13:33 Read by JD Weber
19 – Black Despair 26:16 Read by JD Weber
20 – The Air Battle 24:26 Read by JD Weber
21 – Through Flood and Flame 14:39 Read by JD Weber
22 – Victory and Defeat 20:57 Read by JD Weber

Reviews

Great Read!!!

(5 stars)

Turn on the Librovox (J. D. Webber) recording of The Gods of Mars only if you intend to forget eating and sleeping for the next 8 hours. Think Die Hard action and tempo with the intensity of a Lethal Weapon movie. Oh.., heard some bitching about J D Webber. Grow up. Yeah if I knew Mark Nelson edition was available I might have listened to that edition, but JD did a wonderful job.

Love the book; the reader not so much.

(3 stars)

While I have not made it to the fabled 6th chapter, I am hopeful that I can do so as JD's diction, meter, and pronunciation of common words that are clearly unfamiliar to him so detract from an otherwise excellent story. In fact, I find myself reflexively correcting his mispronunciations aloud. Nonetheless, my complaints are muted by the the adage that "you get what you pay for" and by the indisputable fact that this fellow volunteered his time to make the story available to us. That effort is, in and of itself, laudable.

Drivin' Crazy!

(3 stars)

O.K. The first thing I want to say is that the reader does a good job overall, he seems to have an understanding for the language and rythym of the work. However, I may be a stickler for the English language but this person does not know how to pronounce the word escape and he is driving me crazy! The word escape is pronounced as it is spelled E-S-C-A-P-E, not E-X-C-A-P-E...putting the x in the word not only sounds ghetto, it also slows down the overall meter. And to top it off it is used like 50 times in the first 5 chapters! Not cool JD.

Wonderful!

(5 stars)

PS: Capiche, laughingly, isn't any more US slang than most of the rest of the jumble that is American English. It is in fact, the thing all the comments are about, a mispronunciation (ha ha) of capisci, an Italian verb in a present tense conjugation of capire. Quite a lot of the words we know and spell as they're listed in our dictionary are spelled and said differently in the countries they came from. PSS: Why do I bother reading comments...I wish I could tell my brain to stop reading when it drifts down the page.

excuses are just that

(4 stars)

please stop defending the narrator by saying that he's a volunteer or an amateur if I volunteered my time to Habitat for Humanity and build a crappy house everyone would say I did just that it does no one any good to defend a sub-literate narrator especially not the narrator himself if he wishes to be held to the esteem of greats like Mark Nelson or Phil Chenevert then he should learn to enunciate unfamiliar words and maybe some easy ones (like escape) because the experience is about enjoyment not tolerance

More adventure, less scifi

(3 stars)

As a sequel to "a princess of Mars", this story seems quite different. Rather than focusing on the scifi aspects, this story is more of a classic adventure, that happens to be set on Mars. To me, it didn't work quite as well as the first story, but it is still a good work. The reading is fine, although improving with the chapters, as someone else mentioned. Don't give up on the first chapter, both story and reading improves!

Good Job

(4 stars)

I have enjoyed this recording immensely, and I appreciate the patient, even tone of the reader's reading. I couldn't care less if he pronounces "escape" as I do, or as millions of others do. By the last of it, JD is like an old reliable friend. It takes a brave heart to strike out on such a long journey and let his performance be here for all to judge. Thanks for the good read.

same story kind of

(5 stars)

all his works have the same basic story lines, but he does a wonderful job of building suspense. I hadn't realized how many works he had written. I must go on to the next book to see how he proceeds to reunite hero and heroine. I thank the reader for his time he has a pleasant easy to listen to voice.