A Princess of Mars, Part 1 - Special English Audiobook

     A Princess of Mars, Part 1

A Princess of Mars, Part 1
  Now, the Special English program, American Stories.
   Now, the Special English program, American Stories.
  Today,
   Today,
  we begin a new series
   we begin a new series
  from a book by American writer
   from a book by American writer
  Edgar Rice Burroughs.
   Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  The book is called
   The book is called
  A Princess of Mars.
   A Princess of Mars.
  It is the first book in a series
   It is the first book in a series
  that Mister Burroughs wrote
   that Mister Burroughs wrote
  about a man who travels to Mars
   about a man who travels to Mars
  during the last years of the eighteen hundreds.
   during the last years of the eighteen hundreds.
  There, the man meets strange beings
   There, the man meets strange beings
  and sees strange sights.
   and sees strange sights.
  At first he is a captive,
   At first he is a captive,
  then a warrior,
   then a warrior,
  and after many battles,
   and after many battles,
  a prince of a royal family.
   a prince of a royal family.
  Shep O'Neal begins the story of "A Princess of Mars."
   Shep O'Neal begins the story of "A Princess of Mars."
  I am a very old man.
   I am a very old man.
  How old I do not know.
   How old I do not know.
  It is possible I am a hundred,
   It is possible I am a hundred,
  maybe more.
   maybe more.
  I cannot tell
   I cannot tell
  because I have never aged as other men do.
   because I have never aged as other men do.
  So far as I can remember,
   So far as I can remember,
  I have always been a man of about thirty.
   I have always been a man of about thirty.
  I appear today as I did forty years ago.
   I appear today as I did forty years ago.
  Yet, I feel that I cannot go on living forever.
   Yet, I feel that I cannot go on living forever.
  Someday
   Someday
  I will die the real death
   I will die the real death
  from which there is no escape.
   from which there is no escape.
  I do not know why I should fear death.
   I do not know why I should fear death.
  I who have died two times
   I who have died two times
  and am still alive.
   and am still alive.
  I have never told this story.
   I have never told this story.
  I know the human mind will not believe
   I know the human mind will not believe
  what it cannot understand.
   what it cannot understand.
  I cannot explain what happened to me.
   I cannot explain what happened to me.
  I can only tell of the ten years my dead body
   I can only tell of the ten years my dead body
  lay undiscovered
   lay undiscovered
  in an Arizona cave.
   in an Arizona cave.
  My name is John Carter.
   My name is John Carter.
  I am from the state of Virginia.
   I am from the state of Virginia.
  At the close of the Civil War
   At the close of the Civil War
  I found myself without a home,
   I found myself without a home,
  without money and without work.
   without money and without work.
  I decided the best plan was to search for gold
   I decided the best plan was to search for gold
  in the great deserts of the American Southwest.
   in the great deserts of the American Southwest.
  I spent almost a year searching for gold
   I spent almost a year searching for gold
  with another former soldier,
   with another former soldier,
  Captain James Powell,
   Captain James Powell,
  also of Virginia.
   also of Virginia.
  We were extremely lucky.
   We were extremely lucky.
  In the winter of eighteen sixty-five
   In the winter of eighteen sixty-five
  we found rocks that held gold.
   we found rocks that held gold.
  Powell was trained as a mining engineer.
   Powell was trained as a mining engineer.
  He said we had uncovered over a million dollars worth of gold
   He said we had uncovered over a million dollars worth of gold
  in only three months.
   in only three months.
  But the work was slow with only two men
   But the work was slow with only two men
  and not much equipment.
   and not much equipment.
  So we decided Powell should go to the nearest settlement
   So we decided Powell should go to the nearest settlement
  to seek equipment and men
   to seek equipment and men
  to help us with the work.
   to help us with the work.
  On March third,
   On March third,
  eighteen sixty-six,
   eighteen sixty-six,
  Powell said good-bye.
   Powell said good-bye.
  He rode his horse down the mountain
   He rode his horse down the mountain
  toward the valley.
   toward the valley.
  I followed his progress for several hours.
   I followed his progress for several hours.
  The morning
   The morning
  Powell left was like all mornings in the deserts of the great Southwest
   Powell left was like all mornings in the deserts of the great Southwest
  clear
   clear
  and beautiful.
   and beautiful.
  Not much later I looked across the valley.
   Not much later I looked across the valley.
  I was surprised to see
   I was surprised to see
  three riders
   three riders
  in the same place
   in the same place
  were I had last seen my friend.
   were I had last seen my friend.
  After watching for some time,
   After watching for some time,
  I decided the three riders must be hostile Indians.
   I decided the three riders must be hostile Indians.
  Powell, I knew,
   Powell, I knew,
  was well armed and an experienced soldier.
   was well armed and an experienced soldier.
  But I knew he would need my aid.
   But I knew he would need my aid.
  I found my weapons,
   I found my weapons,
  placed a saddle on my horse
   placed a saddle on my horse
  and started as fast as possible down the trail taken
   and started as fast as possible down the trail taken
  by Powell.
   by Powell.
  I followed as quickly as I could
   I followed as quickly as I could
  until dark.
   until dark.
  About nine o'clock
   About nine o'clock
  the moon became very bright.
   the moon became very bright.
  I had no difficulty following Powell's trail.
   I had no difficulty following Powell's trail.
  I soon found the trail left by the three riders
   I soon found the trail left by the three riders
  following Powell.
   following Powell.
  I knew they were Indians.
   I knew they were Indians.
  I was sure
   I was sure
  they wanted to capture Powell.
   they wanted to capture Powell.
  Suddenly I heard shots far ahead of me.
   Suddenly I heard shots far ahead of me.
  I hurried ahead as fast as I could.
   I hurried ahead as fast as I could.
  Soon
   Soon
  I came to a small camp.
   I came to a small camp.
  Several hundred Apache Indians were in the center of the camp.
   Several hundred Apache Indians were in the center of the camp.
  I could see Powell on the ground.
   I could see Powell on the ground.
  I did not even think about what to do,
   I did not even think about what to do,
  I just acted.
   I just acted.
  I pulled out my guns and began shooting.
   I pulled out my guns and began shooting.
  The Apaches were surprised and fled.
   The Apaches were surprised and fled.
  I forced my horse into the camp
   I forced my horse into the camp
  and toward Powell.
   and toward Powell.
  I reached down and pulled him up on the horse
   I reached down and pulled him up on the horse
  by his belt.
   by his belt.
  I urged the horse to greater speed.
   I urged the horse to greater speed.
  The Apaches by now realized that I was alone
   The Apaches by now realized that I was alone
  and quickly began to follow.
   and quickly began to follow.
  We were soon in very rough country.
   We were soon in very rough country.
  The trail I chose
   The trail I chose
  began to rise sharply.
   began to rise sharply.
  It went up and up.
   It went up and up.
  I followed the trail
   I followed the trail
  for several hundred meters more
   for several hundred meters more
  until I came to the mouth
   until I came to the mouth
  of a large cave.
   of a large cave.
  It was almost morning now.
   It was almost morning now.
  I got off my horse
   I got off my horse
  and laid Powell on the ground.
   and laid Powell on the ground.
  I tried to give him water.
   I tried to give him water.
  But it was no use.
   But it was no use.
  Powell was dead.
   Powell was dead.
  I laid his body down
   I laid his body down
  and continued to the cave.
   and continued to the cave.
  I began to explore the cave.
   I began to explore the cave.
  I was looking for a safe place
   I was looking for a safe place
  to defend myself,
   to defend myself,
  or perhaps for a way out.
   or perhaps for a way out.
  But I became very sleepy.
   But I became very sleepy.
  It was a pleasant feeling.
   It was a pleasant feeling.
  My body became extremely heavy.
   My body became extremely heavy.
  I had trouble moving.
   I had trouble moving.
  Soon
   Soon
  I had to lay down
   I had to lay down
  against the side of the cave.
   against the side of the cave.
  For some reason
   For some reason
  I could not move my arms or legs.
   I could not move my arms or legs.
  I lay facing
   I lay facing
  the opening of the cave.
   the opening of the cave.
  I could see part of the trail that had led me here.
   I could see part of the trail that had led me here.
  And now
   And now
  I could see the Apaches.
   I could see the Apaches.
  They had found me.
   They had found me.
  But I could do nothing.
   But I could do nothing.
  Within a minute
   Within a minute
  one of them came into the cave.
   one of them came into the cave.
  He looked at me,
   He looked at me,
  but he came no closer.
   but he came no closer.
  His eyes grew wide.
   His eyes grew wide.
  His mouth opened.
   His mouth opened.
  He had a look of terror on his face.
   He had a look of terror on his face.
  He looked behind me for moment
   He looked behind me for moment
  and then fled.
   and then fled.
  Suddenly I heard
   Suddenly I heard
  a low noise behind me.
   a low noise behind me.
  So could the rest of the Apaches.
   So could the rest of the Apaches.
  They all turned and fled.
   They all turned and fled.
  The sound became louder.
   The sound became louder.
  But still I could not move.
   But still I could not move.
  I could not turn my head to see what was behind me
   I could not turn my head to see what was behind me
  All day
   All day
  I lay like this.
   I lay like this.
  I tried again to rise,
   I tried again to rise,
  and again,
   and again,
  but still I could not move.
   but still I could not move.
  Then I heard a sharp sound.
   Then I heard a sharp sound.
  It was like a steel wire breaking.
   It was like a steel wire breaking.
  I quickly stood up.
   I quickly stood up.
  My back was against the cave wall.
   My back was against the cave wall.
  I looked down.
   I looked down.
  There before me lay my body.
   There before me lay my body.
  For a few moments,
   For a few moments,
  I stood looking at my body.
   I stood looking at my body.
  I could not bring myself to touch it.
   I could not bring myself to touch it.
  I was very frightened.
   I was very frightened.
  The sounds of the cave
   The sounds of the cave
  and the sight of my body forced me away.
   and the sight of my body forced me away.
  I slowly backed to the opening of the cave.
   I slowly backed to the opening of the cave.
  I turned
   I turned
  to look at the Arizona night.
   to look at the Arizona night.
  I could see a thousand stars.
   I could see a thousand stars.
  As I stood there
   As I stood there
  I turned my eyes to a large red star.
   I turned my eyes to a large red star.
  I could not stop looking at it.
   I could not stop looking at it.
  It was Mars, the red planet,
   It was Mars, the red planet,
  the red god of war.
   the red god of war.
  It seemed to pull me near.
   It seemed to pull me near.
  Then, for a moment,
   Then, for a moment,
  I closed my eyes.
   I closed my eyes.
  There was an instant of extreme
   There was an instant of extreme
  cold and total darkness.
   cold and total darkness.
  Suddenly I was in deep,
   Suddenly I was in deep,
  dreamless,
   dreamless,
  peaceful sleep.
   peaceful sleep.
  I opened my eyes upon a very strange land.
   I opened my eyes upon a very strange land.
  I immediately knew then I was on Mars.
   I immediately knew then I was on Mars.
  Not once did I question this fact.
   Not once did I question this fact.
  My mind told me I was on Mars
   My mind told me I was on Mars
  as your mind tells you that you are upon Earth.
   as your mind tells you that you are upon Earth.
  You do not question the fact, nor did I.
   You do not question the fact, nor did I.
  I found myself lying on a bed of yellow colored grass
   I found myself lying on a bed of yellow colored grass
  that covered the land for kilometers.
   that covered the land for kilometers.
  The time was near the middle of the day
   The time was near the middle of the day
  and the sun was shining full upon me.
   and the sun was shining full upon me.
  It was warm.
   It was warm.
  I decided to do a little exploring.
   I decided to do a little exploring.
  Springing to my feet,
   Springing to my feet,
  I received my first Martian surprise.
   I received my first Martian surprise.
  The effort to stand carried me into the Martian air
   The effort to stand carried me into the Martian air
  to the height of about one meter.
   to the height of about one meter.
  I landed softly upon the ground, however, without incident.
   I landed softly upon the ground, however, without incident.
  I found that I must learn to walk all over again.
   I found that I must learn to walk all over again.
  My muscles were used to the gravity of Earth.
   My muscles were used to the gravity of Earth.
  Mars has less gravity.
   Mars has less gravity.
  My attempts to walk resulted in jumps and hops,
   My attempts to walk resulted in jumps and hops,
  which took me into the air.
   which took me into the air.
  I once landed on my face.
   I once landed on my face.
  I soon learned
   I soon learned
  that it took much less effort for me to move on Mars
   that it took much less effort for me to move on Mars
  than it did on Earth.
   than it did on Earth.
  Near me was a small, low wall.
   Near me was a small, low wall.
  Carefully, I made my way to the wall
   Carefully, I made my way to the wall
  and looked over.
   and looked over.
  It was filled with eggs,
   It was filled with eggs,
  some already broken open.
   some already broken open.
  Small, green creatures were in them.
   Small, green creatures were in them.
  They looked at me
   They looked at me
  with huge red eyes.
   with huge red eyes.
  As I watched the fierce-looking creatures
   As I watched the fierce-looking creatures
  I failed to hear twenty full-grown Martians coming from behind me.
   I failed to hear twenty full-grown Martians coming from behind me.
  They had come without warning.
   They had come without warning.
  As I turned, I saw them.
   As I turned, I saw them.
  One was coming at me with a huge spear,
   One was coming at me with a huge spear,
  with its sharp tip pointed at my heart!
   with its sharp tip pointed at my heart!


 

 

cron