This is indeed still a relevant and powerful book, but very scary to somebody addicted to listening to audio books. It is very eerie to have somebody murmuring in your ear about people being made into to zombies by having people murmur into their ears! At least I am choosing my books!
Yes absolutely!!! the reason why I bought the audio I had a hard time following the print... I originally bought it because it was part of my daughter's (sophomore year high school) summer reading ... I thought that both of us can read together and discuss the book itself; needless to say it brought us closer together as well as I learned a lot from this book... I urge parents to read this.
There is no comparison to the new books now . Maybe the Great Gatsby or Wundering Heights.
I loved all the character that Christopher Hurt has performed... He is a great storyteller. Wish James Patterson would hire him lol for the Cross and Bennett Books
Absolutely... This book has made me explain to my daughter the importance of making sure that Censorship should not be allowed in a free country and it is our as well as her peers to keep an open dialog and open their minds. How knowledge is power
Love my Kindle and my audiobooks.
Yes. A wonderful story of how censorship creeps into society and then becomes normal.
I liked they way the issue of censorship in society was essentialized and very starkly presented.
His performance was excellent. He captured Montag's emotions and conflicts.
Never would think of renaming an author's book. Isn't that what this book is about?
Yes of course. Audio books are like theatre, they come to life with a great narrator like Christopher Hurt. So ironic in this case - a book about burning books!
Hard to believe Bradbury was writing about iPods and surveilance drones fifty years before the existed!
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
There's a kind of added dimension to experiencing this book about a bookless society on audio. That said, it remains a brilliant commentary on freedom and government control. A must read.
Bradbury's comments about the writing of this book were an extra bonus ("Eberhard and Faber").
Published in 1953, widely regarded as a Book To Read, Bradbury’s dystopian prediction is chilling yet hopeful. While completely unclear as to why war still exists, the lack of books and intellectual curiosity is explained. It is upsetting to contemplate how close we are to this reality today in 2012, though uplifting to think that such repression and ignorance can only last for 50 years or so. A thought provoking experience.
Yes it was a book that made you think of the what if's, and realsie how much diffrent our world would be.
I didn't fine it surprising.
It was well done
Yes but no ides as to who the stars should be.
My 17 year old daughter recently exclaimed that this is her favorite book. She's extremely well read, with many classics under her belt. I figured at over 50 myself I should take her advice and give it a go. Glad I did. I won't say it's my favorite, but I will say that this was truely a timeless story. The human spirit will not be denied, nor repressed. Mr. Bradbury was a lot like Mr. Verne, ahead of his time. Much of his peering into the future was pretty close to the mark, and he's scary close in this one when it comes to how books have gone away...replaced by media. No one has time to read, but time to catch the news in a few brief minutes. This book gave me pause, I think I'm going to be more inclined in the future to read instead of watch. Mr. Bradbury just passed away a few days ago, may his new future be blessed
As an English teacher, I listen to an audio book through a student's ears; is the audio good enough to "pull in" a reluctant reader? In this case, the answer is a big "yes!". I thought the narrator brought it to life, allowing the reader to get hooked into the story.
Millie was my favorite character. The narrator nailed the way I imagined her--silly, shallow and cold.
This is my first.
Some of the best moments in this book were the exchanges between Montag and Professor Faber.
Given the recent death of Ray Bradbury, this is worth a listen out of reverence. I actually found it frightening to think about how close to our present reality this sixty year-old work of fiction proves to be.
Fine book. Nice plot. On average a good performing narrator. However, sometimes it sounds like the pause at the end of a sentence is edited out, which can be annoying.