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Jeff

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  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1972)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (961)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "Simply great."
    Overall

    If you have ever loved any book; than you will certainly love this one. Bradbury's dystopian novel makes clear the evils of censorship; including unconscious self-censorship thought willful ignorance. I know (and see) far too many people that spend all of there free time watching TV & movies and the little reading they do manage is of trash magazines & the sports section of the newspaper. Never realizing what they are doing to the world and themselves.

    Although originally published in 1953 it is as (if not more) relevant today. The practice of book burning as thought control has been around nearly as long as the written word. Most people might think of 1933 with the Nazis burning the work of Jewish and other 'un-German' authors. But, it wasn't long ago (Nov. 2001) that religious fanatics burned over 1.5 million Harry Potter books in there church parking lot of Freehold, Iowa.

    This is without doubt one of my (many) favorite books.

    34 of 40 people found this review helpful

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