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Blue Mars

Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
Series: Mars Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

  • 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)

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Absolutely loved it

An absolutely fantastic conclusion to the Mars Trilogy. Inspiring. A glimmer of hope for the future.

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  • dave
  • Australia
  • 20-10-2018

Blue Mars - Mars Trilogy #3

Astoundingly detailed. Absorbing story. Entirely plausible and technically brilliantly construction. The place and the characters develop over the three parts and it's so easy to become involved totally. Richard Ferrone does a great job in bringing the place and people to life. Immensely enjoyable and entertaining. Highly recommended

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  • S.
  • 04-09-2018

Magnificent. Just magnificent.

A truly magnificent story, and wonderfully narrated by Richard Ferrone. I highly recommend all the books in the Mars trilogy. I honestly dont know where to begin in how the imagination, research, and sheer vision of these books completely changed the course of my life. And as someone who retrained as a geoscientist as a result of this series, I dont say that lightly. Please, do yourselves a favour and take the time to listen to the messages within it.

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read the other two then stop

not the epic conclusion you would respect from a third novel on a series. read books one and two and stop.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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!

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 22-03-2019

Trilogy closer

Kim Stanley Robinson's Blue Mars is the final installment in his colorful Mars trilogy (Red - Green - Blue). Events pick up immediately after the end of book 2. Mars is split along red / green lines, while Earth is struggling with an environmental disaster. The tale plods forward with multiple perspectives along with extensive ruminations. A middle of the road approach to terraforming ensues that eventually begins colonization of other worlds in the solar system: Venus, Mercury, asteroids, and eventually moons of the gas giants. Technology by Martian scientists permits more rapid space flight. A tentative treaty is established with Earth to permit limited immigration to Mars. The longevity treatment eventually begins to show its age with deadly consequences.

Robinson continues his richly detailed environmental scenarios mostly on Mars, but also a bit on Earth. His command of nature and subsequent engineering projects is phenomenal. At the same time, there is much philosophical musing regarding economic and political systems that never seem to rise above undergraduate level discussions. It all seems to work out, but without any clear picture of why. Regardless of the situation on Earth, it's hard to believe the small Martian population could ever compete in terms of cutting edge science and technology, but they always do. The overall text is ponderous and in the end, there is mostly a muddle through result.

The narration is excellent with a solid range of voices of both genders. Pacing is slow, but aligns up with the plot.

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  • TomNI
  • 24-08-2018

beautifull

First the story goes away from our heroes and I felt like loosing interest. But at the end it all comes back together. nice and beautifull

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  • BEHNAZ
  • 08-06-2016

strong woman

it is interesting that how all the leaders are women with a suporter passionate man :-)

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  • Antarctic Monkey
  • 11-12-2018

immersive, captivating, science smorgasbord

I read this trilogy when I was 16, and it captivated me. I loved every aspect of the science in this story. I would even say it was an influence on my career choice. Now I had the chance to relive it all again in audio form, being read to me. Now I'm older I understand the science much better, and the story is just as captivating, if not more so.
3x 30hours of Richard Ferrone. He definitely grew on me. He has quite a relaxing voice. But his accents are bloody awful! :o)

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  • Chris
  • 22-07-2015

An absolute must for any Sci-Fi Fan!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, the Third installment of the Mars Trilogy didn't disappoint me at all.

This book has also aged remarkably well, with technology which is still as relevant and is looking ever more probably.

The Story was evoking and had me completely enthralled.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Mars?

I enjoyed the continued development of Mars in terms of Terra-forming, Ecology & Society. It was exciting to read about the increasingly distant relationship between Earth and Mars and the shifting balance of power in the Solar System.

What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Richard Ferrone gave an outstanding performance, with clear distinction between characters and a real sense of passion in the delivery.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Evolutionary & Revolutionary Mars

Any additional comments?

Well worth a read

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