Ray Bradbury reading the voice of the fireman is perfect! He sounds dulled by his life, and confused about the awakenings he experiences. The descriptions of the wall-sized video screens and the constant need for broadcast stimulation are too close to our use of computers, big-screen tv's and mp3 players to be comfortable. Great book.
Listening to the author read this was a true joy. The story is so depressing that I can hardly listen to it. But he soldiers on...this was his life.
The first time through, it was on disk and I took it out and threw it in the back seat of the car. Gave it a second chance - Oprah said...- still sucked. The tone is angry and exposes a nasty man with an addiction. The man is the problem in this case, not the addiction.
Let go of logic and enjoy the phrasing. Surprising and evocative and downright silly.
What a wonderful reminder of helpful human interactions!
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