This is a good read even if you're not necessarily into sci fi. It's especially nice that Bradbury intros the book and says a little about each piece after he's read it.
I love this audiobook! It has been a very pleasant surprise to listen to Ray Bradbury share his thoughts about what he was thinking when he wrote the chronicles. He might not be the greatest performer, but he still conveys a lot of emotion into the characters and I found myself with my eyes gleaming with moisture, just as when I read the book for the first time.
Hearing Bradbury's comments about each story between the chapters helped make this book seem more like a homey experience or dinner with the author than a cold reading. Written in a similar manner as I, Robot, the book of short stories that all build on one broad storyline-- the colonization of Mars-- it ideal for an audiobook. At the same time, even though Bradbury did not predict the future nearly as accurately as he did in Fahrenheit 451 (where's the audiobook to this!?), he gives us much to contemplate in considering the direction of our society.
Get ready to be touched and challenged while being surrounded by the kitsch of 50's style sci-fi that envisioned space so wrongly.
Be warned, Mr. Bradbuy is not an actor and that comes out clear as day in this audiobook. This is more of a collection of short stories/episodes, that happen to occur on Mars. Most of the topics are moral issues, and the "emotional" parts are over acted. If you are looking for a reviting high risk adventure, your time could be better spent.
To give you an idea of the type of story it is, let me make this comparison. It's like watching a Classic Star Trek episode where you land on a planet with sufficent air. The people look human with just a few cosmetic differences, and it's a utopian society that was perfect. I am not trying to rediclue the story, just putting it in it's 1950's context.
It was si-fi, but boreing .
No. too slow for me. it was sort of restarted
No, not enjoyable
Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.
I first read the Martian Chronicles in the mid 50's as a teenager and was, like most Sci-fi enthusiasts, mesmerized and mystified. Then again in the 70's, sometime after the NBC production starring Rock Hudson, that was a little less fun the the first reading as astronomical observations and physics began to take their toll on my imagination. I now am unable to revisit those feelings I originally experienced reading this wonderful work, it has become mere fantasy for me. To much information or knowledge about Mars has dispelled all the illusion.
This audiobook version is very good and especially since it is read by the author, who is quite animated in his rendering. I put to him a question that has always bothered me, what happened to the missing crew-member in the third expedition (April 2000)? 17 including the Captain journeyed to Mars, 16 died and were buried, did I miss something in the story?