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Rick

I am a criminal defense attorney with a solo practice (myself and one employee) in downtown Fresno, California. I enjoy learning.

Fresno, CA, United States

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  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (235)

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

    Nancy says: "Listen before you buy..."
    "Difficult to Understand"
    Overall

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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