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Fahrenheit 451 | [Ray Bradbury]

Fahrenheit 451

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.
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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

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-05-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Fahrenheit 451 or Celsius 232.778."

    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).

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Temporal Singularity Lompoc, CA, United States 11-08-13
    Temporal Singularity Lompoc, CA, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I am glad that I revisited this classic."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Swenck Southern California 04-16-14
    Stacy Swenck Southern California 04-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic tale deserves a better narrator"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a classic dystopian novel.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The fake and overwrought melodramatic vocal modulations of this narrator made me return the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Carlin Chelsea, MA United States 04-11-14
    Kate Carlin Chelsea, MA United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Hearing a classic"
    Would you listen to Fahrenheit 451 again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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"


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Hoye’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Stephen Hoye's performance on Fahrenheit 451 was exceptional. His pace, tone and variation works great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Clarisse and Guy get to know each other and see Guy's mind begin to open.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ian NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ, United States 01-25-14
    Ian NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Overrated Classic"
    Would you try another book from Ray Bradbury and/or Stephen Hoye?

    From Ray Bradbury, yes; Stephen Hoye, no.


    What could Ray Bradbury have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Hoye’s performances?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 08-03-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 08-03-13 Member Since 2011

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Braduryian on par with Orwellian"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AMY United States 11-30-12
    AMY United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "classic dystopia, reader weak"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader was way too sing-songy and he was unable to vary his voice significantly to portray the different characters.


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    Jeannette United States 08-28-12
    Jeannette United States 08-28-12
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    "Read this book before it gets burned!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fahrenheit 451 to be better than the print version?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JOhn Sherman Oaks, Ca, United States 08-07-12
    JOhn Sherman Oaks, Ca, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great narration and fun book. Very Entertaining."
    Where does Fahrenheit 451 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this story and it still holds up to modern times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Beatty. I thought the narrations was top notch and loved the performance from this character.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    His voice is really awesome and he is able to change it for different characters. His narration was really good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This really should be a film they remake soon. I would like to see it go further though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shane A. Walsh Phoenix, AZ 09-27-13
    Shane A. Walsh Phoenix, AZ 09-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Indie filmmaker who loves listening to books on audio

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    "Sorry, I guess I stand alone"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story was entertaining.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything except this.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    Stephen does the best with the material he has.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was happy when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "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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