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Description

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

Ce que les critiques en disent

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1997

"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)

Ce que les auditeurs disent de Blue Mars

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How did this win a Hugo?

This last book in the series was a slog to get through. I liked the larger themes that are dealt with and the overall story but so much time is spent describing scientific developments in the book. I LOVE hard SciFi but I found my limit to the technical side with this book. Things would get interesting and then suddenly slow down with long descriptions of terraforming. If you're reading this you made it through the first two books so this isn't big surprise but it really felt like more of a drag in this one compared to the first two. And then to finish it off, with like 15 min left, Robinson described a 200 year old woman tickling a 5 year old as sensual and erotic which I found totally disgusting (as I assume most people would) and it really made me regret getting this series.

  • Au global
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Amazing trilogy

Its hard to imagine anyone who loves Mars more than this author. He enters the world with such a deep dive that he creates a true sense of being there through every step of the terraforming story, a vast and diverse set of characters, economy, philosophy, and vision for the future. Sometimes challenging in its detail, its science and depth are astounding. I felt like I was there with the First 100.

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ruined by sex

What a great story until the author decided it needed to get incredibly pornographic. If I needed that, I'd rent a movie! Third book and I can't even be bothered to finish it! And I never will!

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  • Sherry
  • 2019-02-18

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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  • Hooga Chacka
  • 2013-10-01

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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  • Zoli Uebele
  • 2020-01-29

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
  • 2019-12-18

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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  • Douglas Fields
  • 2020-10-21

The quick decline

It was enjoyable enough to follow the characters from Red and Green Mars for one more tale, but the longevity treatment was beginning to wear off on the story!!

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  • Antonio L. Quintanilla
  • 2020-10-13

Amazing trilogy

It reminds me of Moby Dick, it’s deep cross-sectional views of what Mars could be. You feel that it is even possible. Beautiful.

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  • Brian M
  • 2019-05-25

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
  • 2019-05-12

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
  • 2019-08-07

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
  • 2008-07-05

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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