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
This is a classic dystopian novel.
The fake and overwrought melodramatic vocal modulations of this narrator made me return the book.
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.
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.
The writing is a little more heavy-handed than I remembered, but the real problem is the narrator. The whole thing sounds like it's being narrated by a sports announcer, it completely ruins the story.
First, the narrator was outstanding. He made listening exciting. I had read the print version of this book before and had seen the mediocre film version many years ago. This narrator could not have been better. It is worth the time just to hear what a superb job he did.
That this was written so early in Ray Bradbury's career is amazing. Like so many of the stories in "The Illustrated Man," they have both surface interest and many layers of deeper meaning.
This is a book about anomie, about narcissism, about the hypnotic effect of technology, media and entertainment, about individuality versus collectivism, about the lure of conformity. In some ways it resembles the theme of the film "The Truman Show," in the way it presents vicarious experiencing as an alternative to authentic experiencing.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and strongly recommend it, even to those who have read the printed version earlier. I especially recommend it to anyone who read Fahrenheit 451 in high school and who is now an adult. You will find much more there now than you did then.
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.
I was a little distracted by Stephen Hoye's performance but I would put it near the top. It is pretty amazing if you consider what Ray Bradbury did when he wrote this book in 1953; he saw into the future and illustrates a society with pieces much like that of today's.
The best part is that with a guide (did the book in an English class) a person is able to see the problems of isolating ourselves with cell phones, headphones, texting, etc rather than person to person contact. The book takes it to an extreme level, outlawing books, but almost more important are the social norms imposed on the citizens.
To be honest, I thought Stephen Hoye's performance was little dramatic and in trying to save time, we sped up the narration a LOT. At normal speed, he was pretty creepy but it fits the book.
No, need time to process.
While I love the message, it is almost spooky how spot on it is as it reflects on the attitudes of today's society. The first time I read the book years ago, I hated it. However, with some thought-provoking questions asked by an instructor or in a reading group, this is an amazing book to contemplate.
"1984 revisited, well sort of."
A real classic but not really one of my favorites, like 1984 it takes an idea and takes it to its ridiculous extreme. I don't believe that these books could or would ever really take place in real life, for me it makes it hard to take such book seriously.
The audio quality was good and the narration excellent.
It's worth reading this book whatever you think of it, it's such a classic and you can't have an opinion about a book you have never read.
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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