A Princess of Mars, Part 2 - Special English Audiobook

     A Princess of Mars, Part 2

A Princess of Mars, Part 2

  Now, the VOA Special English program,
   Now, the VOA Special English program,
  American Stories.
   American Stories.
  Last week
   Last week
  we brought you the first of four programs
   we brought you the first of four programs
  called 'A Princess of Mars.'
   called 'A Princess of Mars.'
  Our story is from a series of books
   Our story is from a series of books
  by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs.
   by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  They are science fiction stories,
   They are science fiction stories,
  a mix of imagination and science.
   a mix of imagination and science.
  Last week,
   Last week,
  we met John Carter
   we met John Carter
  who begins the story.
   who begins the story.
  He enters a cave deep in the desert
   He enters a cave deep in the desert
  in the state of Arizona.
   in the state of Arizona.
  There something happens.
   There something happens.
  He does not know how,
   He does not know how,
  but he has been transported
   but he has been transported
  to the Red Planet, Mars.
   to the Red Planet, Mars.
  He quickly learns that gravity on Mars
   He quickly learns that gravity on Mars
  is much less than on Earth.
   is much less than on Earth.
  The lack of gravity
   The lack of gravity
  makes him very strong.
   makes him very strong.
  He can even jump very high
   He can even jump very high
  without trying.
   without trying.
  He finds a low wall that surrounds a group of eggs.
   He finds a low wall that surrounds a group of eggs.
  The eggs are opening.
   The eggs are opening.
  Out come small,
   Out come small,
  fierce-looking green creatures.
   fierce-looking green creatures.
  When we left John Carter,
   When we left John Carter,
  a green adult creature
   a green adult creature
  carrying a long sharp spear
   carrying a long sharp spear
  was coming toward him.
   was coming toward him.
  And now,
   And now,
  the second program in our series,
   the second program in our series,
  A Princess of Mars.
   A Princess of Mars.
  The creature with the spear was huge.
   The creature with the spear was huge.
  There were many other similar creatures.
   There were many other similar creatures.
  They had ridden behind me on the backs of large animals.
   They had ridden behind me on the backs of large animals.
  Each of them carried a collection of strange-looking weapons.
   Each of them carried a collection of strange-looking weapons.
  The one with the large spear
   The one with the large spear
  got down from the back of his animal
   got down from the back of his animal
  and began walking toward me.
   and began walking toward me.
  He was almost five meters tall
   He was almost five meters tall
  and a dark green color.
   and a dark green color.
  Huge teeth stuck out of his face,
   Huge teeth stuck out of his face,
  and his expression showed much hate
   and his expression showed much hate
  and violence.
   and violence.
  I immediately knew I was facing a terrible warrior.
   I immediately knew I was facing a terrible warrior.
  He began moving quickly toward me with the spear.
   He began moving quickly toward me with the spear.
  I was completely unarmed.
   I was completely unarmed.
  I could not fight.
   I could not fight.
  My only chance was to escape.
   My only chance was to escape.
  I used all my strength to jump away from him.
   I used all my strength to jump away from him.
  I was able to jump almost thirty meters.
   I was able to jump almost thirty meters.
  The green Martian stopped
   The green Martian stopped
  and watched my effort.
   and watched my effort.
  I would learn later
   I would learn later
  that the look on his face showed complete surprise.
   that the look on his face showed complete surprise.
  The creatures gathered and talked among themselves.
   The creatures gathered and talked among themselves.
  While they talked,
   While they talked,
  I thought about running away.
   I thought about running away.
  However,
   However,
  I noticed several of them carried devices
   I noticed several of them carried devices
  that looked very much like rifles.
   that looked very much like rifles.
  I could not run.
   I could not run.
  Soon, all but one of the creatures moved away.
   Soon, all but one of the creatures moved away.
  The one who had threatened me stayed.
   The one who had threatened me stayed.
  He slowly took off a metal band from his arm
   He slowly took off a metal band from his arm
  and held it out to me.
   and held it out to me.
  He spoke in a strange language.
   He spoke in a strange language.
  Slowly, he laid down his weapons.
   Slowly, he laid down his weapons.
  I thought
   I thought
  this would have been a sign of peace anywhere on Earth…
   this would have been a sign of peace anywhere on Earth…
  why not on Mars, too?
   why not on Mars, too?
  I walked toward him
   I walked toward him
  and in a normal voice announced my name
   and in a normal voice announced my name
  and said
   and said
  I had come in peace.
   I had come in peace.
  I knew he did not understand,
   I knew he did not understand,
  but like me,
   but like me,
  he took it to mean
   he took it to mean
  that I meant no harm.
   that I meant no harm.
  Slowly, we came together.
   Slowly, we came together.
  He gave me the large metal band
   He gave me the large metal band
  that had been around his arm.
   that had been around his arm.
  He turned
   He turned
  and made signs with his hands
   and made signs with his hands
  that I should follow him.
   that I should follow him.
  Soon
   Soon
  we arrived at the large animal he had been riding.
   we arrived at the large animal he had been riding.
  He again made a sign with his hands
   He again made a sign with his hands
  that I should ride on the same animal behind him.
   that I should ride on the same animal behind him.
  The group turned
   The group turned
  and began riding across the land.
   and began riding across the land.
  We moved quickly toward mountains in the distance.
   We moved quickly toward mountains in the distance.
  The large animals we rode moved quickly across the land.
   The large animals we rode moved quickly across the land.
  I could tell from the surrounding mountains
   I could tell from the surrounding mountains
  that we were on the bottom of a long dead sea.
   that we were on the bottom of a long dead sea.
  In time we came to a huge city.
   In time we came to a huge city.
  At first I thought the city was empty.
   At first I thought the city was empty.
  The buildings all were empty
   The buildings all were empty
  and in poor repair.
   and in poor repair.
  But soon I saw hundreds of the green warriors.
   But soon I saw hundreds of the green warriors.
  I also saw green women and children.
   I also saw green women and children.
  I soon learned about many cities like this.
   I soon learned about many cities like this.
  The cities were built hundreds of years ago
   The cities were built hundreds of years ago
  by a people that no longer existed.
   by a people that no longer existed.
  The green Martians used the cities.
   The green Martians used the cities.
  They moved from one empty city to another,
   They moved from one empty city to another,
  never stopping for more than a day or two.
   never stopping for more than a day or two.
  We got down from our animals
   We got down from our animals
  and walked into a large building.
   and walked into a large building.
  We entered a room
   We entered a room
  that was filled with fierce green warriors.
   that was filled with fierce green warriors.
  It was not difficult to tell
   It was not difficult to tell
  that these were the leaders of the green Martians.
   that these were the leaders of the green Martians.
  One of them took hold of my arm.
   One of them took hold of my arm.
  He shook me
   He shook me
  and lifted me off the ground.
   and lifted me off the ground.
  He laughed when he did so.
   He laughed when he did so.
  I was to learn
   I was to learn
  that green Martians only laugh at the pain
   that green Martians only laugh at the pain
  or suffering of others.
   or suffering of others.
  This huge warrior threw me to the ground
   This huge warrior threw me to the ground
  and then took hold of my arm again
   and then took hold of my arm again
  to pick me up.
   to pick me up.
  I did the only thing I could do.
   I did the only thing I could do.
  I hit him with my closed fist as hard as I could.
   I hit him with my closed fist as hard as I could.
  The green warrior fell to the floor
   The green warrior fell to the floor
  and did not move.
   and did not move.
  The others in the room grew silent.
   The others in the room grew silent.
  I had knocked down one of their warriors with only my hand.
   I had knocked down one of their warriors with only my hand.
  I moved away from him
   I moved away from him
  and prepared to defend myself as best I could.
   and prepared to defend myself as best I could.
  But they did not move.
   But they did not move.
  The green Martian that had captured me
   The green Martian that had captured me
  walked toward me.
   walked toward me.
  He said in a clear voice:
   He said in a clear voice:
  TARS TARKAS -- TARS TARKAS.
   TARS TARKAS -- TARS TARKAS.
  As he spoke,
   As he spoke,
  he pointed to his own chest.
   he pointed to his own chest.
  He was telling me his name!
   He was telling me his name!
  I pointed to my chest and said
   I pointed to my chest and said
  my name,
   my name,
  John Carter.
   John Carter.
  He turned and said the word, 'Sola.'
   He turned and said the word, 'Sola.'
  Immediately, a green Martian woman came close.
   Immediately, a green Martian woman came close.
  He spoke to her.
   He spoke to her.
  She led me to another building and into a large room.
   She led me to another building and into a large room.
  The room was filled with equipment carried by the green Martians.
   The room was filled with equipment carried by the green Martians.
  She prepared something for me to eat.
   She prepared something for me to eat.
  I was very hungry.
   I was very hungry.
  I pointed to her and said the word 'Sola.'
   I pointed to her and said the word 'Sola.'
  She pointed at me and said my name.
   She pointed at me and said my name.
  It was a beginning.
   It was a beginning.
  Sola was my guard.
   Sola was my guard.
  She also became my teacher.
   She also became my teacher.
  and valued friend.
   and valued friend.
  As I ate my meal,
   As I ate my meal,
  my lessons in the language of the green Martians continued.
   my lessons in the language of the green Martians continued.
  Two days later,
   Two days later,
  Tars Tarkas came to my room.
   Tars Tarkas came to my room.
  He carried the weapons
   He carried the weapons
  and the metal armbands the green warriors wear.
   and the metal armbands the green warriors wear.
  He put them on the ground near my feet.
   He put them on the ground near my feet.
  Sola told him
   Sola told him
  I now understood some of their language.
   I now understood some of their language.
  He turned to me and spoke slowly.
   He turned to me and spoke slowly.
  the warrior you hit is dead.
   the warrior you hit is dead.
  His weapons and the metal of his rank are yours, John Carter.
   His weapons and the metal of his rank are yours, John Carter.
  He was a leader of one small group among our people.
   He was a leader of one small group among our people.
  Because you have killed him,
   Because you have killed him,
  you now are a leader.
   you now are a leader.
  You are still a captive
   You are still a captive
  and not free to leave.
   and not free to leave.
  However you will be treated with the respect you have earned.
   However you will be treated with the respect you have earned.
  You are now a warrior among our people.
   You are now a warrior among our people.
  Tars Tarkas turned and spoke softly.
   Tars Tarkas turned and spoke softly.
  From beyond the door a strange creature
   From beyond the door a strange creature
  entered the room.
   entered the room.
  It was bigger than a large dog
   It was bigger than a large dog
  and very ugly.
   and very ugly.
  It had rows of long teeth
   It had rows of long teeth
  and ten very short legs.
   and ten very short legs.
  Tars Tarkas spoke to the creature and pointed at me.
   Tars Tarkas spoke to the creature and pointed at me.
  He left.
   He left.
  The creature looked at me,
   The creature looked at me,
  watching closely.
   watching closely.
  Then Sola spoke about the creature.
   Then Sola spoke about the creature.
  His name is Woola.
   His name is Woola.
  The men of our tribe use them
   The men of our tribe use them
  in hunting and war.
   in hunting and war.
  He has been told to guard and protect you.
   He has been told to guard and protect you.
  He has also been told to prevent your escape.
   He has also been told to prevent your escape.
  There is no faster creature in our world.
   There is no faster creature in our world.
  And in a fight
   And in a fight
  they can kill very quickly.
   they can kill very quickly.
  Do not try to escape, John Carter.
   Do not try to escape, John Carter.
  Woola will tear you to small pieces.
   Woola will tear you to small pieces.
  I continued to watch the creature named Woola.
   I continued to watch the creature named Woola.
  I had already seen how the green Martians treated other animals.
   I had already seen how the green Martians treated other animals.
  They were very cruel.
   They were very cruel.
  I thought,
   I thought,
  perhaps this beast can be taught to be my friend…
   perhaps this beast can be taught to be my friend…
  much like a dog on Earth.
   much like a dog on Earth.
  I walked close to the creature
   I walked close to the creature
  and began speaking in much the same way
   and began speaking in much the same way
  I would speak to a dog or other animal on Earth.
   I would speak to a dog or other animal on Earth.
  I sat down next to him while I talked softly
   I sat down next to him while I talked softly
  At first he seemed confused.
   At first he seemed confused.
  I believe the creature Woola had never heard a kind word.
   I believe the creature Woola had never heard a kind word.
  For the next several days I gained the trust
   For the next several days I gained the trust
  and friendship of Woola.
   and friendship of Woola.
  In a few short days
   In a few short days
  Woola was my friend and fierce protector.
   Woola was my friend and fierce protector.
  He would remain my loyal friend
   He would remain my loyal friend
  as long as I was on Mars.
   as long as I was on Mars.
  Several days later,
   Several days later,
  Sola came to me with a look of great concern.
   Sola came to me with a look of great concern.
  John Carter…come with me.
   John Carter…come with me.
  A great battle is about to take place.
   A great battle is about to take place.
  An enemy is coming near this city.
   An enemy is coming near this city.
  We must prepare to fight
   We must prepare to fight
  and we must be ready to flee.
   and we must be ready to flee.
  Sola, what enemy is this?
   Sola, what enemy is this?
  A race of red men who travel our world in flying machines.
   A race of red men who travel our world in flying machines.
  A great number of their machines have come over the far mountain.
   A great number of their machines have come over the far mountain.
  Take your weapons with you and hurry.
   Take your weapons with you and hurry.
  I collected my sword and a spear.
   I collected my sword and a spear.
  I hurried out of the building
   I hurried out of the building
  and joined a group of warriors moving toward the end of the city.
   and joined a group of warriors moving toward the end of the city.
  Far in the distance
   Far in the distance
  I could see the air ships.
   I could see the air ships.
  They were firing large guns at the green warriors.
   They were firing large guns at the green warriors.
  I heard huge explosions.
   I heard huge explosions.
  The green warriors were firing back with their deadly rifles.
   The green warriors were firing back with their deadly rifles.
  The air was filled with the sound of violent battle.
   The air was filled with the sound of violent battle.
  Suddenly a huge air ship exploded.
   Suddenly a huge air ship exploded.
  It came down,
   It came down,
  crashing near me.
   crashing near me.
  Red Martians were falling from the side of the huge ship.
   Red Martians were falling from the side of the huge ship.
  And then it exploded!
   And then it exploded!
  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 second part of the story
   This has been the second part of the story
  A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burrows.
   A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burrows.
  This story was adapted for Special English
   This story was adapted for Special English
  by Paul Thompson. It was produced by Paul Thompson
   by Paul Thompson. It was produced by Paul Thompson
  and Mario Ritter.
   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.
  And Barbara Klein was Sola.
   And Barbara Klein was Sola.


 

 

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