The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.
©1981 Ray Bradbury (P)2010 Tantor
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
This happened to be this month's book club selection and since I found it on the 4.95 sale I thought it was my lucky day. Ray Bradbury is very descriptive and sometimes longwinded. This is the second book I have listened to of Bradbury and I think the narrators he has for his books are sleep inducing and I ended up using a fast speed, which I thought was ironic due to the content of the story. The story is better the second half of the book. This is a thought producing story and I found myself pondering many scenarios of today vs. Bradbury's vision of the future. I also found myself comparing this dystopia book written in 1953 to the rash of books that have come out in recent years with the same kind of theme. Bradbury was a pioneer in this type of literature. I wonder if this book might have been the inspiration for the movie Equilibrium (which is really good).
I read this book many years ago and liked it then. I just read it again and I cannot believe how awestruck I am. When you consider that this story was first published in 1953 and the future that Mr. Bradbury envisioned, he was quite prophetic.
Ray imagined rooms with entire walls that were televisions. Ads were targeted towards each individual viewer. Instant gratification was required by society. Entertainment is inane, shallow, and pre-digested. Porn is in 3D. Society is so self absorbed and focused on immediate happiness that they cannot see their society crumbling and oncoming nuclear holocaust. Our society with its large screen TVs, targeted internet ads, reality TV shows, news headlines that focus more on celebrity gossip, and our never ending cycle of wars is not to different from what Ray imagined.
I wish that more people would read this book. If they did, they would see the parallels that I see and maybe they would reconsider how they view the world.
This is a classic dystopian novel.
The fake and overwrought melodramatic vocal modulations of this narrator made me return the book.
Fahrenheit 451 is a staple in my classroom. This is a great "New Classic" for students to see what pacing, punctuation and style can do for a story. This is a great book to do while history class works on WWII. It has great historical and present day issues. I will listen to it many more times, with and without my students.
Captain Beatty shows how those in power are not always what they seem. As an avid reader and 'Fireman' his is a character that can give students great jumping off points to think about those in power and choices that we make "On the outside" vs who we are "On the inside"
Stephen Hoye's performance on Fahrenheit 451 was exceptional. His pace, tone and variation works great.
When Clarisse and Guy get to know each other and see Guy's mind begin to open.
From Ray Bradbury, yes; Stephen Hoye, no.
It would be more enjoyable if there was a story. It seems like Bradbury wanted to be a Futurist more than he wanted to be an author on this one. His ideas are interesting and sort of accurate sometimes, but the story takes a backseat to his futuristic predictions. Most of it is just people sitting around talking. It's not really that interesting.
No. His voice was very annoying and did not suit the character in this book at all. His voice was monotone and it seemed like he tried to overcompensate for that, making it sound annoying and distracting. He did not do a good job at accurately portraying the emotions and he couldn't perform the female characters with any believability. I think if anyone is interested in reading this book, it would be much more enjoyable the old fashioned way: on paper.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
Happiness through forced equality. Remove the books that drive competing points to view and stupefy the populace through reality tv shows. Montag had had his eyes open to the horror of his existence that not only holds himself down but as a fireman burning books does his part to lower society to the lowest common denominator.
It is a must read for young people. I understand why the book is taught in school and why, when written it was so significant. The message still resonates but of course, after all these years, doesn't have the same punch
The reader was way too sing-songy and he was unable to vary his voice significantly to portray the different characters.
Although the written version is still better, this audio version was great for my son with processing issues. It made his summer homework much easier. He seemed to really enjoy this classic instead of resenting it because of a struggle to read it.
I love this story and it still holds up to modern times.
I like Beatty. I thought the narrations was top notch and loved the performance from this character.
His voice is really awesome and he is able to change it for different characters. His narration was really good.
This really should be a film they remake soon. I would like to see it go further though.
Indie filmmaker who loves listening to books on audio
If the story was entertaining.
Anything except this.
Stephen does the best with the material he has.
I was happy when it was over.
I know I'm alone in my feelings on this "classic" but I was bored out of my mind. I listen to books when I'm driving back and forth to work and there were three times at least that I almost fell asleep listening to this thing. The story is dull and moves at a snails pace. If I didn't know better I would say the author was filling up the time in the book to reach a certain word count. He repeats things over and over, I'm assuming for affect, but to me, it was because there is not enough story there.
I'm going to listen to Gone Girl again to wipe the nasty taste of this out of my head.
This is a wonderfully dark piece of work that has some unnerving resonance with our fast and furious live today - I think it was this resonance that most impressed me about the book as there are some annoyingly long sections of mental torture that I found irritating but overall a very enjoyable read
"Obviously a classic"
Obviously a classic so not much for me to add really. I must admit, I did find Stephen Hoye's narration a little bit too 'angst ridden' but that may well just be me.
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