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Blue Mars

Lu par : Richard Ferrone
Série : Mars Trilogy , Volume 3
Durée : 31 h et 55 min
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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

Critiques

"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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 23/09/2019

Good Series

Thought the third book was the weakest of the series. Good have been a better ending.

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  • Gregory D Wurm
  • 12/08/2019

You read Red and Green finish with Blue

I wanted to see this series to the end, the book is not a short story but does a lot to finish some story lines and give new opportunities to other story lines. The political parts of the books were not my as much my style but I really enjoyed the world building with the trip the book took to earth and the outer planets.

I did up the reading speed on this one, normally I listen at 1x

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  • Brian M
  • 25/05/2019

An intriguing story of what could be.

This is the third book in the trilogy. It has been a long ride to get here, almost 90 hours. For a single single reader to be able to maintain a consistent tone and repeatable character voices is beyond impressive.

The sorry is both captivating and boring. There isn't a consistent plot. It's more like a diary of how a handful of characters interact with each other and the worlds around them including their lives living on Mars. There are times when the author goes far too deep into details about the surrounding train or scientific details. Some people won't be able to make it though the story. If you can persevere, it is a good story to tackle.

This specific book has time jump and skip more then the other too. It also is a bit more heart touching and reminds you of your humanity. It also makes the previous struggles obsolete as the story progress..

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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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  • California Condor
  • 13/04/2019

Revisited classic will nurture your battered optimism

First, as this is an audio experience, thank you to Richard Ferrone for an inspired performance. The series is 60 plus hours long and his engagement never falters.

Second, the characters, science, and story arc form a masterwork. Kim Stanley Robinson takes us to a future worth the monumental work and heroism it will take to get there.

Third, this is a really fun read. Savor the journey.


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  • JustDeming
  • 24/03/2019

Excellent finish to a great series. No chapters?

I read this series 20 years ago and it was great to hear it. But Audible why? This piece of work has no chapters or time code of any kind. I know there could be licensing stuff and it wasn't originally made for Audible but why isn't it broken up into segments of any kind? The entire time I was listening there was no way to know how much time was left, or how long I had listened! That made it so frustrating! I lost my place once and had to go back in 30 second jumps dozens of times to get back. What a mess!