My enjoyment of the audiobook was enhanced by the author's introduction explaining the creation of the book, choosing to narrate the book, and his early experience as a writer. While there seems a general progression from early exploration to settlement, and eventual abandonment of Mars by Earthlings, the work makes more sense as a book when it is understood that it is really a collection of Bradbury's early stories, when he was consumed by the mysteries of Mars.
My enjoyment of the stories was increased by my belief that Bradbury's words were receiving the inflection he intended when writing them.
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Universe has a similar whimsical voice.
The author was a pleasure to listen to, because he honestly loves his work.
When earthlings discovered that they had brought all of their old problems to Mars when they had hoped to have left them on Earth. The saying goes,"No matter where you go, there you are."
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