Fresno, CA, United States
I'd never read this book and always thought that I should. After joining Audible, I figured, "now's my chance."
Perhaps I'm a bit jaded. When this story first came out, it may have been more interesting. Today, it's a little "run of the mill." Parts of it appeared to have been written as an exercise in stream of consciousness writing.
The biggest problem, by far, however, is the narration.
On the one hand, having the author read the work himself probably means that you get a better understanding of the story as he intended it. Who better to make the correct inflections, add excitement in the proper spots and create suspense by pausing just where he intended pauses?
However, Mr. Bradbury apparently had a stroke in 1999. My guess is that the audiobook was recorded after that. I intend no slight towards Mr. Bradbury, but he probably should have had someone else read the book for him. At times, I couldn't understand what he was saying.
Overall, though, I stuck with it. (It gets easier to understand him as you're exposed to his voice more.) I'm glad I did because, although at times the story seemed a bit tedious, by and large I did enjoy it. The rewriting of the history of firemen, in particular, was an interesting idea.
As has been said in other reviews I've read: Listen to the sample and decide for yourself if you think you can handle Mr. Bradbury's voice for the length of the book. Initially, I almost gave the book only 2 stars because of the narration.
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