The SFFaudio Podcast #137 – READALONG: A Princess Of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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The SFFaudio PodcastThe SFFaudio Podcast #137 – Scott, Jesse, Tamahome and David Stifel talk about the audiobook of A Princess Of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Talked about on today’s show:
A Princess Of Mars, the martian novels, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first novel was originally titled Under The Moons Of Mars, “I can write rot as bad as this”, WWI, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Normal Bean vs. Norman Bean vs. normal brain, All-Story, Gods Of Mars, Tarzan, Pellucidar, H.G. Wells, Earnest Hemingway, the science with fantastic elements, Mastermind Of Mars, organ (and brain) transplants, radium rifles with radium bullets, zeppelins, the Martian navy, David has been acting since he was 13 years old, the 1960s resurgence of Burroughs books, Ballantine Books vs. Ace Books (in a war for the drug store paperback racks), the authorized vs. unauthorized editions of Burroughs and J.R.R. Tolkien books, The Lost Continent, Tarzan At The Earth’s Core, Del-Rey Books, Tarzan Of The Apes, getting into narration, Irwin Porges, a rich rhythm of language, “Sator Throg is a personal friend of mine”, Tars Tarkas is David’s impression of James Earl Jones doing Darth Vader, Sola, “rescue the girl, escape from capture, become a gladiator and save the planet”, A Princess Of Mars begins as a western, Zane Grey, Arizona, Idaho, it is a kind of a western on Mars, “all of his slaves worshiped the ground he walked on”, good to his slaves and good to his animals, Burroughs loved animals (especially horses), themes of A Princess Of Mars include a love of animals and nature (and nudism), ERBZine website, the James Killian Spratt edition of A Princess Of Mars (puts the nudity up front and center), modesty vs. showmanship, everybody is nude on Barsoom, Teddy Roosevelt, the 19th century physical culture movement, Conan and Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, the oddness of an author who disdains writing, “back to nature and forward”, Flavor Flav or Max von Sydow, repulsor rays, Son Of Frankenstein, a telescope on Mars is looking at Earth, Percival Lowell, Lieutenant Gullivar Jones: His Vacation, the dying civilization that we see, The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, “esoteric metaphysical spiritualism”, telepathy, John W. Campbell, lying for honorable reasons, the inconsistencies of lies and deceit in a world with telepathy, How John Carter Got To Mars (is kind of like the Mormon idea of the afterlife), astral projection, Houdini, Thuvia, Maid Of Mars, “the thought was made flesh”, Burroughs was a religious man, the unexplained preservation of Carter’s dead body, Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecraft, “this is a fun book”, “like a Buck Rogers serial”, the serialization, cliffhangers, Swords Or Mars, Synthetic Men Of Mars, “Deja Thoris has laid an egg”, the curiously oviparous martians, the disney John Carter movie, Princess Of Mars, “Tarzan in a vest, does that work for you”, an evil Russian in cahoots with a French countess, “he was a splendid specimen of the white race”, Gone With The Wind, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, The Lord Of The Rings (movies), the Dynamite Entertainment Warlord Of Mars cover (#5 is done in the style of Norman Rockwell), Marvels Comics, Frazetta, HBO, a stage adaptation of A Princess Of Mars, a ballet of Spartacus (!), Gustav Holst’s Mars, Bringer Of War, Flash Gordon, Franz Liszt, Bronson Pinchot was interviewed by Grover Gardner (Blackstone Audio), the process of narrating an audiobook, The Godfather, Deja Thoris doesn’t get much screen time, Sola is a good character, Thuvia gets more of a leading role in Thuvia, Maid Of Mars, arbitrary customs that extend the narrative, S.M. Stirling’s In The Courts Of The Crimson Kings, Burroughs’ Venus books, all planets are occupied by people (except Mercury).

John Carter of Mars and Deja Thoris Princess of Helium (fully clothed)
Map Of Barsoom from Dynamite Entertainment's Warlord Of Mars (illustrating the events of A Princess Of Mars)
John Carter meets Sola - illustration by James Killian Spratt.
Michael Whelan - A Princess Of Mars
Warlord Of Mars Issue #5 cover by Joe Jusko
Riding A Thoat
A Princess Of Mars - illustration by Schoon
Fortunino Matania illustration of a scene from A Princess Of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
All-Story, February 1912

Posted by Jesse Willis

LibriVox: Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Book 5 in the original Tarzan series has just been released as a public domain audiobook through LibriVox!

LibriVox - Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan and the Jewels of Opar
By Edgar Rice Burroughs; Read by Ralph Snelson
24 Zipped MP3 Files or Podcast – Approx. 6 Hours 49 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Published: January 8th 2009
Tarzan finds himself bereft of his fortune and resolves to return to the jewel-room of Opar, leaving Jane to face unexpected danger at home.

Podcast feed:

http://librivox.org/bookfeeds/tarzan-and-the-jewels-of-opar-by-edgar-rice-burroughs.xml

For more ERB audio visit our EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS page.

Posted by Jesse Willis

LibriVox: The Son Of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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LibriVoxNow available from the good folks at LibriVox and narrator Ralph Snelson: The Son Of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs! I’ve added this audiobook to our nifty EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS page. There you’ll find Books 1 and 3 in the Tarzan series as well. According to the LibriVox forums, Mr. Snelson is already working on Book 5 in the Tarzan series. The missing Book 2 is also in progress, but with multiple narrators. A complete FREE ERB audio library isn’t too far away now!

LibriVox Audiobook - The Son Of Tarzan by Edgar Rice BurroughsThe Son Of Tarzan
By Edgar Rice Burroughs; Read by Ralph Snelson
27 Zipped MP3 Files or Podcast – Approx. 9 Hours 51 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Published: November 22, 2008
This is the fourth of Burrough’s Tarzan novels. Alexis Paulvitch, a henchman of Tarzan’s now-deceased enemy, Nikolas Rokoff, survived his encounter with Tarzan in the third novel and wants to even the score.

Podcast feed:

http://librivox.org/bookfeeds/son-of-tarzan-by-edgar-rice-burroughs.xml

Posted by Jesse Willis

LibriVox: The Beasts Of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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The Beasts of Tarzan is the third of Burrough’s Tarzan novels. Don’t start with this book, go back to the original (also done up by LibriVox). First published in serial for in All-Story Cavalier Magazine in 1914, it was bound into hardback paperbook in 1916. LibriVox is also working on the 2nd novel in the Tarzan series, but it’s not yet cataloged.

LibriVox Audiobook - The Beasts Of Tarzan by Edgar Rice BurroughsThe Beasts Of Tarzan
By Edgar Rice Burroughs; Read by James Christopher
21 Zipped MP3 files or podcast- 5 Hours 20 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Published: May 21st 2008
This is the third of Burrough’s Tarzan novels. Originally serialized in All-Story Cavalier magazine in 1914, the novel was first published in book form by A. C. McClurg in 1916. In the previous novel Tarzan reclaimed his name and title as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke. In this novel he finds that proper society is just as vicious as the jungle when greedy men threaten him and his new family. Jane and her infant son Jack are kidnapped by Tarzan’s enemies, Nikolas Rokoff and Alexis Paulvitch, who then trap Tarzan himself and attempt to exile him forever on a primitive island, bereft of all those dear to him. There, however, Tarzan gains new allies in the panther Sheeta and the ape Akut, together with Akut’s band. With their aid he tracks down his wife and son. . .and his arch enemies Rokoff and Paulvitch.

Podcast feed:

http://librivox.org/bookfeeds/the-beasts-of-tarzan.xml

Posted by Jesse Willis

Public domain audiobook from LibriVox: Tarzan Of The Apes

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LibriVox, that massive library of public domain audiobooks, has just catalogued its first public domain reading of the first Tarzan novel, Tarzan Of The Apes. Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan is arguably the most enduring pulp fiction character in history. Its on its digital shelves now, go get it in a zipped download, by individual file or even easier for portable listening via the podcast feed. This audiobook/podiobook, completely narrated by the savagely swashbuckling reader, Mark F. Smith, who previously performed Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island. Details follow…

LibriVox audiobook - Tarzan Of The Apes by Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan Of The Apes
By Edgar Rice Burroughs; Read by Mark F. Smith
28 zipped MP3s or podcast – 9 Hours 21 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Published: Sept. 7th 2007
The exciting, if improbable, story of an English lord, left by the death of his stranded parents in the hands of a motherly African ape who raises him as her own. Although he is aware that he is different from the apes of his tribe, who are neither white nor hairless, he nevertheless regards them as his “people.” When older, larger, stronger apes decide that he an undesirable to be killed or expelled from the tribe, it is fortunate that Tarzan has learned the use of primitive weapons.

You can get the entire novel in podcast form, via this handy url:

http://librivox.org/bookfeeds/tarzan-of-the-apes.xml

Prometheus Radio Theatre podcasts The God Of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Prometheus Radio Theatre Prometheus Radio Theatre‘s podcast has a two part reading of The God of Tarzan. The reading is by Steven H. Wilson, the talented narrator who completed Lester Del Rey’s Badge Of Infamy from our ongoing SFFaudio Challenge. If you aren’t a regular listener to the Arbiter Chronicles, and shame on you if you aren’t, have a listen to this public domain Edgar Rice Burroughs short story that’s in their podcast feed. It’s terrific!

The God Of TarzanThe God Of Tarzan
By Edgar Rice Burroughs; Read by Steven H. Wilson
2 MP3s – [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: Prometheus Radio Theatre
Podcast: May 2007
Part 1 |MP3| Part 2 |MP3|
Or subscribe to the podcast to get both parts:

http://prometheus.libsyn.com/rss

posted by Jesse Willis