A hiker meets a man whose upper body is covered with illustrations so vivid and beautiful that they literally come to life. One by one, the images quiver with fantastic tales guaranteed to stir your imagination. The illustrations tell tales of a future where space travel is commonplace and technology has a tendency to turn sinister. Full of realistic details and dialogue, the stories make what was unthinkable believable, blurring the fine line between reality and fantasy. When the hiker's own face appears on the illustrated man's body, the image is so terrifying he can't bear to stay and hear its tale.
Ray Bradbury, one of the world's best-known science-fiction and fantasy writers, did much to popularize the genre. He was among the first to combine science-fiction concepts with literary style. With Paul Hecht's smooth, rich voice and polished dramatic talents, listeners can savor every imaginative detail of one of the best-loved works from this legendary writer.
©1983 Ray Bradbury; (P)1998 Recorded Books
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These are classic science-fiction tales from a more innocent time, when a sense of wonder was perhaps easier to feel. Yet there are thought-provoking ideas here (still), as well as psychological insight. Bradbury is something of a prose poet, as Hecht's narration makes clear.
A very varied science fiction collection from the early years of this master story-teller. The stories are held together by the Illustrated Man, a man whose full-body tattoos move and tell stories. If you like science fiction then you should definitely give this collection a try.
This collection of classic sci-fi stories from Ray Bradbury is a little dated, with rocket ships and Martians and a 1950s sensibility (and sex roles). There's no real unifying theme, despite the "illustrated man" who bears each tale as a tattoo on his body. Most of the stories are dark and more psychological than speculative fiction, Martians and spaceships notwithstanding. Don't expect any of the usual "twist" endings common to short stories from this time period, but if you're familiar with Bradbury's other work, you'll see his themes reflected here.
I found the book moderately enjoyable, but it's not the best introduction to Bradbury, and it's not great sci-fi. Worth a read, but most of the stories just don't hold up well today; they were probably more thrilling and creepy sixty years ago.
I love the author's other works. I am a huge fan of SciFi. These short stories are not connected in any noticeable way but are great on their own.
I really should have looked deeper into the description of the audio book to see that it was not a long, 6 hours book.
The authors attention to detail, vision of the future and love for ideas makes each of these a great listen.
One of my favorite books of all time comes alive with this marvelous narration by Paul Hecht. Nothing soothes like Bradbury's rich, poetic language in the hands of a good narrator. This is classic science-fiction at its finest.
The illustrated man is well written but extremely old fashioned. The short stories are imaginative but all the Sci in this Sci-Fi is very much of the vacuum tube era.
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