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    Acclaimed visionary author Kim Stanley Robinson is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winner. Blue Mars is the final volume in Robinson's seminal science-fiction trilogy, which began with Red Mars and continues with Green Mars.

    The once red and barren terrain of Mars is now green and rich with life - plant, animal, and human. But idyllic Mars is in a state of political upheaval, plagued by violent conflict between those who would keep the planet green and those who want to return it to a desert world.

    Meanwhile, across the void of space, old, tired Earth spins on its decaying axis. A natural disaster threatens to drown the already far too polluted and overcrowded planet. The people of Earth are getting desperate. Maybe desperate enough to wage interplanetary war for the chance to begin again.

    Blue Mars is a complex and completely enthralling saga - as convincing and lushly imagined a future as anyone has ever dreamed. Richard Ferrone narrates this sweeping epic with engaging personality and finesse.

    ©1996 Kim Stanley Robinson (P)2002 Recorded Books

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    "Robinson's achievement here is on a par with Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and Herbert's Dune." ( Publishers Weekly)
    "A well-written, thoughtful conclusion to the trilogy." ( Library Journal)

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    • Hooga Chacka
    • 01/10/2013

    A fine end to a good series

    As is the previous 2 books, Ferrone's performance has no emotion or enthusiasm. The only real problem with this book is when it jumps forward in time, it doesn't tell you the date. It covers over a century, jumping decades at a time, without tell the reader/listener where you are.

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    • Sherry
    • 18/02/2019

    Trilogy Started Strong

    Really enjoyed the first book. Second book started wearing on me. Third book just gave me more and more of what I didn't want.

    The original 100 should have died in the first or second novel. The characters were a bit old to even start the journey (50's) in my opinion. The author then creates a way for these characters to continue living on and on to pollute Mars for all future Earth immigrants. The unbelievable thing is that these militant terrorists/scientists are willing to let the most caustic and opposition characters live on. Ann would've been assassinated like 80 years prior to the end of the story. Killing thousands of humans so that the rocky landscape can remain? Not buying it. I single out Ann as she is my least favorite.

    It is a well written series and narrated well. The technology is done very well for 90's writing; doesn't feel unimaginative like other SciFi written in earlier decades.

    I don't agree that most of the personnel selected to establish a Mars colony would be terrorist minded and anti human in environmental policy. Makes for nonsense drama throughout.

    Anyhow. I was able to finish. There is that.

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    • Zoli Uebele
    • 29/01/2020

    Don’t. Just don’t.

    A slog. A story in search of a plot. Disappointing after the first two books in the series l

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    • Kyle O'Neill
    • 18/12/2019

    This Trilogy is Killing Me!

    Third time is not the charm. This book is just as much of a slog to get through as it's predecessors "Red Mars" and "Green Mars". I picked up this series because the creator of the highly popular tabletop strategy board game called "Terraforming Mars" credited Kim Stanley Robinson and the Mars Trilogy with his inspiration for creating the game. For those unfamiliar with that game, it's awesome! However, maybe it's because Kim Stanley Robinson has no background in engineering, say like The Martian's author Andy Weir, that this book doesn't resonate with me any more than "Red Mars" or "Green Mars" did. Once again, the timelines covered in the plot of the book happen WAY too fast and are far too vague in the technical details.

    The main characters, in dealing with the sociological, ecological, cultural, and political consequences of colonizing Mars, still just sound buffoonish. The author seems to have thoroughly researched the technological concepts, but has almost ignored researching human nature and the realistic ebb-and-flow of political economy. As a result, these characters serve no purpose other than to push forward the authors premise of the merits of some sort of socialist and communist utopia. The characters are thus not remotely relateable and just sound more like reflections of Kim Stanley Robinson's inner consciousness and worldview. Thus, the characters sound silly, dealing with non-plausible political paradigms that make you scratch your head they sound so unrealistic. I couldn't related to ANY of the characters, since they seemed non-human to me.

    I need drink to collect myself after listening to this trilogy... Seriously, this trilogy almost killed me with boredom and a lack of awareness to what ACTUALLY motivates individual human beings. My neck also hurts with how many times I shook my head thinking "what is the author remotely doing here?!" Hence, I think it's safe to say that I won't be touching any of the other Kim Stanley Robinson works here on Audible.

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    • Jim
    • 12/05/2019

    Slow / Painful Listen

    The author should have saved his time writing the last 25 hrs of the book. The reader saved the book, but wasted his time reading it aloud to the public. A wasted purchase.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 07/08/2019

    Brilliant about everything but human beings.

    The series started out with KSR in the seat of Ben Bova...but it tragically ended with KSR happily taking up his intended seat as Joseph Stalin.

    it was evident from the beginning of the series where KSR was taking us. but the story was intriguing. I did however stop caring for the few characters I thought were okay. KSR does not understand human beings and our motivations. this stood out to me because everything else was so researched and described.

    Eventually i understood why this departure from reality was necessary. He ignored human nature to create characters who he then used to justify the whole point of the books...communism. It is socialism to be sure but a rose by any other name and all.

    I understand communists [liberals] say there is a clear difference between socialism and communism and this is true. There is a difference between opening a door and turning the knob. Those who advocate for and support socialism sould understand naturally the one comes before the other. Furthermore one necessarily leads to the other.

    The drivel in KSR's whole series and especially Blue Mars reads like the manifesto of any "great" communist.

    That whole agenda aside Blue Mars was unreadable and damn near unlistenable. I wanted all the charactors to die. i wanted reality to step in. and i wanted a clear story. sadly i was let down. KSR chose to carelessly cast disjointed words at the page in lieu of writing anything of substance.

    but when you write outside the reasonable pocket of reality one can not pen reality. Kim, write a 4th book. call it black mars. insert realistic human nature. then watch democracy rightfully and logically insert itself on the red planet.

    this book was drivel, a manifesto, detached from reality where it really needed reality, and pointless to those who are humans in modern society. one would have better luck finding reality in the worthless crap put out by Scientologiests. Or better luck doing so by reading Tolken, because even though engrams and elfs are not real, they are closer to humans than the charactors forced upon us in the Mars Trilogy.

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    • Daniel Beck
    • 05/07/2008

    good series

    This is a pretty darn good series, though a bit preachy, it has a good story line and it is told in a fresh manner. The only suggestion I have is that the narrator purchase a dictionary so that when a word he is ineasy with can be pronounced correctly.

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    • Charles
    • 22/02/2021

    What is the point?

    I struggled throughout this book to find a point and I never did and then it just ended. definitely not worth a credit.

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    • Christopher Weatherford
    • 28/01/2021

    Always a good story.

    First read this series in paperback and still a great series in Audio format. May read or listen to again in the future!

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    • Mike Savin
    • 02/12/2020

    One long haul...Review of the Trilogy

    Do not read this trilogy if you want constant action. You will not get it. However, you will get an epic story about the colonization and terraforming of Mars. I believe the best part of this trilogy is Robinson’s frequent dives into a variety of science topics and going into well worded explanations of these topics. You need to have some sort of general science background to get the most out of these books, especially geology. It was worth the nearly 100 hours to complete the trilogy, but it took me a while because the books could go very slow at times.