John Carter: Futuristic… and a Century Old

You probably saw the trailers during the Super Bowl and the Grammys. As Disney ramps up its advertising for John Carter, how many people realize it is based on A Princess of Mars, a pulp fiction classic written a hundred years ago? Some fans may be familiar with the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs (yes, he created Tarzan, too!) but others may see this as a new world created by Disney. Hopefully, both will be satisfied when the movie opens March 9.

A Princess of Mars follows Civil War veteran John Carter as he is transported from Earth . . . only to find himself in the middle of a war between the Red and Green Martians. Luckily he also finds his battle skills greatly enhanced due to the lesser gravity of Mars. While battling to stay alive and save the planet, Carter crosses paths with Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Helium, and a Red Martian. After a daring rescue, he returns her to her people and wins her hand in marriage.

Tantor Audio has just released a new recording of the original novel, narrated by the talented Scott Brick. Brick has won over forty AudioFile Earphones Awards, received two Audie Awards, and was proclaimed a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine. The new audiobook—which includes a free ebook of the full text—is out just in time for fans old and new to explore the story (and its sequels). A free first chapter download is available now at Tantor for a limited time. The full digital download is specially priced at $9.99.

To get the free first chapter you must have an account at Please note that the free first chapter may not be available in all areas.

Cassandra McNeil is on Earth, for now.


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