A Princess of Mars, Part 3 - Special English Audiobook

     A Princess of Mars, Part 3

A Princess of Mars, Part 3

  Now, the Special English program, American Stories.
   Now, the Special English program, American Stories.
  Last week we broadcast the second of our programs
   Last week we broadcast the second of our programs
  called 'A Princess of Mars.'
   called 'A Princess of Mars.'
  The story is from a series of books
   The story is from a series of books
  by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
   by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  Last week we told how John Carter
   Last week we told how John Carter
  was captured by a group of warriors
   was captured by a group of warriors
  on the planet Mars.
   on the planet Mars.
  Later, he became one of them
   Later, he became one of them
  by defeating a huge warrior in a fight.
   by defeating a huge warrior in a fight.
  He is still a captive,
   He is still a captive,
  but he is treated with honor
   but he is treated with honor
  because he is a skilled fighter.
   because he is a skilled fighter.
  We left John Carter at the beginning of a fierce battle
   We left John Carter at the beginning of a fierce battle
  between the green warriors
   between the green warriors
  and their main enemy.
   and their main enemy.
  The enemy came close
   The enemy came close
  to the green Martians in huge air ships.
   to the green Martians in huge air ships.
  The green Martians attacked.
   The green Martians attacked.
  John Carter continues to tell about what happens to him
   John Carter continues to tell about what happens to him
  in Edgar Rice Burroughs's story,
   in Edgar Rice Burroughs's story,
  A Princess of Mars.
   A Princess of Mars.
  Another of the large air ships exploded high in the air.
   Another of the large air ships exploded high in the air.
  Members of the crew fell to the ground.
   Members of the crew fell to the ground.
  The huge ship lost control
   The huge ship lost control
  and began turning again and again.
   and began turning again and again.
  Soon it was close to the ground.
   Soon it was close to the ground.
  The warriors climbed aboard the ship
   The warriors climbed aboard the ship
  and began fighting the members of the crew who were still alive.
   and began fighting the members of the crew who were still alive.
  Soon the fighting stopped.
   Soon the fighting stopped.
  The warriors began taking everything from the ship.
   The warriors began taking everything from the ship.
  At last,
   At last,
  they brought a captive from deep within the ship.
   they brought a captive from deep within the ship.
  Two of the warriors had their captive
   Two of the warriors had their captive
  by each arm.
   by each arm.
  I wanted to see
   I wanted to see
  what new and strange form of life this creature would be.
   what new and strange form of life this creature would be.
  As they came near,
   As they came near,
  I saw that it was a woman.
   I saw that it was a woman.
  She looked like a woman from Earth.
   She looked like a woman from Earth.
  She was young.
   She was young.
  Her skin was a light red,
   Her skin was a light red,
  almost a copper color.
   almost a copper color.
  I saw at once that she was extremely beautiful.
   I saw at once that she was extremely beautiful.
  She had a fine face with large dark eyes
   She had a fine face with large dark eyes
  and long, black hair.
   and long, black hair.
  As her guards led her away,
   As her guards led her away,
  she saw me for a moment.
   she saw me for a moment.
  She seemed very surprised.
   She seemed very surprised.
  Her face looked hopeful.
   Her face looked hopeful.
  But when I made no attempt to speak to her,
   But when I made no attempt to speak to her,
  her face grew sad
   her face grew sad
  and she looked very small and frightened.
   and she looked very small and frightened.
  As I watched her disappear into a building,
   As I watched her disappear into a building,
  I realized that Sola was near me.
   I realized that Sola was near me.
  John Carter,
   John Carter,
  that woman will be saved for the great games
   that woman will be saved for the great games
  that are held by our people.
   that are held by our people.
  The games are long and cruel
   The games are long and cruel
  and end in death for those captured in battle.
   and end in death for those captured in battle.
  Her death will be slow and painful.
   Her death will be slow and painful.
  She will die for the enjoyment of all.
   She will die for the enjoyment of all.
  Sola's face seemed sad when she said this.
   Sola's face seemed sad when she said this.
  I could tell by the way she spoke
   I could tell by the way she spoke
  that she did not like the games
   that she did not like the games
  and did not want to see the young woman die.
   and did not want to see the young woman die.
  She was very different from the rest of her people.
   She was very different from the rest of her people.
  Sola, do you not like the games?
   Sola, do you not like the games?
  No, John Carter.
   No, John Carter.
  My mother died in the games.
   My mother died in the games.
  That is a secret you must not tell anyone.
   That is a secret you must not tell anyone.
  The wall where Tars Tarkas found you held eggs
   The wall where Tars Tarkas found you held eggs
  that produce our young.
   that produce our young.
  All the children belong to the tribe.
   All the children belong to the tribe.
  A mother never knows which child is hers
   A mother never knows which child is hers
  when they come out of the egg.
   when they come out of the egg.
  My mother hid the egg that carried me.
   My mother hid the egg that carried me.
  It was not placed within the walled area.
   It was not placed within the walled area.
  She kept her secret until after I was born.
   She kept her secret until after I was born.
  But others discovered her secret
   But others discovered her secret
  and she was condemned to die in the games.
   and she was condemned to die in the games.
  She hid me among other children before she was captured.
   She hid me among other children before she was captured.
  If this secret were learned,
   If this secret were learned,
  I too would die in the games.
   I too would die in the games.
  Before she left me,
   Before she left me,
  my mother told me the name of my father.
   my mother told me the name of my father.
  I alone keep that secret.
   I alone keep that secret.
  It would mean death for him as well as me.
   It would mean death for him as well as me.
  My people are violent and cruel.
   My people are violent and cruel.
  The next day I entered the great room
   The next day I entered the great room
  where the green Martians held meetings.
   where the green Martians held meetings.
  The red woman prisoner was there too.
   The red woman prisoner was there too.
  Soon, the leader of the green Martians
   Soon, the leader of the green Martians
  came into the room.
   came into the room.
  His name was Lorquas Ptomel.
   His name was Lorquas Ptomel.
  He began speaking to the prisoner.
   He began speaking to the prisoner.
  Who are you and what is your name?
   Who are you and what is your name?
  I am the Princess Dejah Thoris,
   I am the Princess Dejah Thoris,
  daughter of Mors Kajak,
   daughter of Mors Kajak,
  the ruler of Helium.
   the ruler of Helium.
  Our air ship was on a scientific flight.
   Our air ship was on a scientific flight.
  We were to study the air and atmosphere.
   We were to study the air and atmosphere.
  Without our work the air on our planet would grow thin
   Without our work the air on our planet would grow thin
  and we would all die. Why would you attack us?
   and we would all die. Why would you attack us?
  As she talked,
   As she talked,
  a warrior ran to her and hit her in the face,
   a warrior ran to her and hit her in the face,
  knocking her to the ground.
   knocking her to the ground.
  He placed a foot on her small body and began laughing.
   He placed a foot on her small body and began laughing.
  I reached for the small sword
   I reached for the small sword
  I carried and rushed to attack the huge warrior.
   I carried and rushed to attack the huge warrior.
  He was a strong opponent.
   He was a strong opponent.
  But again, because of the low gravity on Mars,
   But again, because of the low gravity on Mars,
  my strength was far greater than his.
   my strength was far greater than his.
  In a few short minutes,
   In a few short minutes,
  the green warrior was dead.
   the green warrior was dead.
  I helped the young woman to her feet.
   I helped the young woman to her feet.
  Who are you?
   Who are you?
  Why did you risk your life to help me?
   Why did you risk your life to help me?
  You look almost the same as my people,
   You look almost the same as my people,
  but you wear the weapons of a green warrior.
   but you wear the weapons of a green warrior.
  Who… or what.. are you?
   Who… or what.. are you?
  My name is John Carter.
   My name is John Carter.
  I am from the planet Earth.
   I am from the planet Earth.
  How I got here is a long story.
   How I got here is a long story.
  I attacked that warrior because,
   I attacked that warrior because,
  where I come from, men do not attack women.
   where I come from, men do not attack women.
  I will offer you my protection as long as I can.
   I will offer you my protection as long as I can.
  However, I must tell you that I, too, am a captive.
   However, I must tell you that I, too, am a captive.
  Come, John Carter, and bring the red woman with you.
   Come, John Carter, and bring the red woman with you.
  Let us leave this room quickly
   Let us leave this room quickly
  before some warrior attempts to stops us.
   before some warrior attempts to stops us.
  The three of us quickly returned to the building
   The three of us quickly returned to the building
  where I had spent the last several days.
   where I had spent the last several days.
  Sola then left to prepare food.
   Sola then left to prepare food.
  Woola sat in the corner
   Woola sat in the corner
  and looked at the both of us.
   and looked at the both of us.
  The young woman was afraid of poor, ugly Woola.
   The young woman was afraid of poor, ugly Woola.
  I told her not to fear him.
   I told her not to fear him.
  Woola is not only my guard.
   Woola is not only my guard.
  He is my friend.
   He is my friend.
  I have treated him with kindness
   I have treated him with kindness
  that he has never known.
   that he has never known.
  As each day passes, he trusts me more.
   As each day passes, he trusts me more.
  I now think he would follow any command I give.
   I now think he would follow any command I give.
  Sola has told me
   Sola has told me
  that all captives are held until they can die
   that all captives are held until they can die
  in the great games held by the green Martians.
   in the great games held by the green Martians.
  Our only chance to survive is to escape.
   Our only chance to survive is to escape.
  But we must have Sola's help for our plan to succeed.
   But we must have Sola's help for our plan to succeed.
  Yes. If we stay with the green warriors,
   Yes. If we stay with the green warriors,
  we will both die.
   we will both die.
  If we are to escape,
   If we are to escape,
  we will need several of the animals to ride.
   we will need several of the animals to ride.
  It would be our only chance.
   It would be our only chance.
  I have several of the animals.
   I have several of the animals.
  They were given to me when I became a warrior.
   They were given to me when I became a warrior.
  Sola came back later with food for the two of us.
   Sola came back later with food for the two of us.
  Dejah Thoris and I asked for her help.
   Dejah Thoris and I asked for her help.
  The three of us talked long into the night.
   The three of us talked long into the night.
  At last Sola gave us her answer.
   At last Sola gave us her answer.
  Your best chance for escape will be in the next two days.
   Your best chance for escape will be in the next two days.
  We will leave this city tomorrow
   We will leave this city tomorrow
  and begin a long trip to the home of our tribe.
   and begin a long trip to the home of our tribe.
  I will help you escape.
   I will help you escape.
  But I must come with you.
   But I must come with you.
  I will be killed if you escape.
   I will be killed if you escape.
  Sola, of course you must come with us!
   Sola, of course you must come with us!
  You are not cruel or violent as many of your people are.
   You are not cruel or violent as many of your people are.
  Help us and I can promise you a much better life.
   Help us and I can promise you a much better life.
  You will be treated with respect as an honored guest.
   You will be treated with respect as an honored guest.
  The next morning we rode away from the city on our animals.
   The next morning we rode away from the city on our animals.
  More than a thousand animals were carrying the huge tribe of green Martians.
   More than a thousand animals were carrying the huge tribe of green Martians.
  Also in the group wàs one American,
   Also in the group wàs one American,
  One Princess of the Royal House of Helium,
   One Princess of the Royal House of Helium,
  our guard, Sola, and poor ugly Woola.
   our guard, Sola, and poor ugly Woola.
  Late that night we left the camp.
   Late that night we left the camp.
  One animal carried me.
   One animal carried me.
  Another Sola and Princess Dejah Thoris.
   Another Sola and Princess Dejah Thoris.
  Woola followed close behind.
   Woola followed close behind.
  We rode quickly through the Martian night.
   We rode quickly through the Martian night.
  I looked into the sky and saw Earth across the great distance of space.
   I looked into the sky and saw Earth across the great distance of space.
  Since I had met the Princess Dejah Thoris,
   Since I had met the Princess Dejah Thoris,
  I had not thought once of Earth or home.
   I had not thought once of Earth or home.
  I knew then that I would never willingly leave her.
   I knew then that I would never willingly leave her.
  The next morning,
   The next morning,
  I could see that we were being followed by several hundred
   I could see that we were being followed by several hundred
  of the green warriors.
   of the green warriors.
  Our animals were very tired.
   Our animals were very tired.
  I knew we must stop.
   I knew we must stop.
  I told Sola and the Princess to take the stronger of the two animals
   I told Sola and the Princess to take the stronger of the two animals
  and ride away.
   and ride away.
  I will hold back the green warriors as long as I can.
   I will hold back the green warriors as long as I can.
  Woola! Go with them and guard them with your life.
   Woola! Go with them and guard them with your life.
  We can't leave you alone.
   We can't leave you alone.
  It would be certain death if you are captured again.
   It would be certain death if you are captured again.
  You must come with us!
   You must come with us!
  Sola took the princess by the arm
   Sola took the princess by the arm
  and lifted her on top of the animal she had chosen.
   and lifted her on top of the animal she had chosen.
  Quickly she began riding away.
   Quickly she began riding away.
  For a moment, Woola looked at me,
   For a moment, Woola looked at me,
  then turned and ran after them.
   then turned and ran after them.
  I took out my rifle from its case.
   I took out my rifle from its case.
  I began firing to slow the green warriors.
   I began firing to slow the green warriors.
  I was able to slow them for more than an hour.
   I was able to slow them for more than an hour.
  But then I had no more ammunition.
   But then I had no more ammunition.
  Soon I was surrounded.
   Soon I was surrounded.
  A green warrior got off his animal
   A green warrior got off his animal
  and came toward me.
   and came toward me.
  He pulled out his long, thin sword.
   He pulled out his long, thin sword.
  I reached for mine.
   I reached for mine.
  As we neared each other I saw it was Tars Tarkas.
   As we neared each other I saw it was Tars Tarkas.
  He stopped and spoke to me very slowly.
   He stopped and spoke to me very slowly.
  You will die here… today… John Carter.
   You will die here… today… John Carter.
  It is I who must kill you.
   It is I who must kill you.
  Know that I will take no pleasure in your death.
   Know that I will take no pleasure in your death.
  You have been listening to the Special English program,
   You have been listening to the Special English program,
  American Stories.
   American Stories.
  This has been the third program in our series
   This has been the third program in our series
  A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burrows.
   A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burrows.
  This story was adapted for Special English by Paul Thompson.
   This story was adapted for Special English by Paul Thompson.
  It was produced by Paul Thompson and Mario Ritter.
   It was produced by Paul Thompson and Mario Ritter.
  Shep O'Neal was the voice of John Carter.
   Shep O'Neal was the voice of John Carter.
  Steve Ember was Tars Tarkas.
   Steve Ember was Tars Tarkas.
  Barbara Klein was Sola.
   Barbara Klein was Sola.
  And Gwen Outen was the Princess Dejah Thoris.
   And Gwen Outen was the Princess Dejah Thoris.


 

 

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