The mind of Ray Bradbury is a wonder-filled carnival of delight and terror that stretches from the verdant Irish countryside to the coldest reaches of outer space. Yet all his work is united by one common thread: a vivid and profound understanding of the vast set of emotions that bring strength and mythic resonance to our frail species. Bradbury characters may find themselves anywhere - and anywhen. A horrified mother may give birth to a strange blue pyramid. A man may take Abraham Lincoln out of the grave - and meet another who puts him back. An amazing Electrical Grandmother may come to live with a grieving family. An old parrot may have learned over long evenings to imitate the voice of Ernest Hemingway and become the last link to the last link to the great man. A priest on Mars may confront his fondest dream: to meet the Messiah.
Each of these magnificent creations has something to tell us about our own humanity - and all of their fates await you in this new edition of 28 classic Bradbury stories and one luscious poem. Travel on an unpredictable and unforgettable literary journey, safe in the hands of one of the great men of imagination.
The stories included are "The Kilimanjaro Device", "The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place", "Tomorrow's Child", "The Women", "The Inspired Chicken Motel", "Downwind from Gettysburg", "Yes, We'll Gather at the River", "The Cold Wind and the Warm", "Night Call, Collect", "The Haunting of the New", "I Sing the Body Electric!" "The Tombling Day", "Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby's Is a Friend of Mine", "Heavy-Set", "The Man in the Rorschach Shirt", "Henry the Ninth", "The Lost City of Mars", "The Blue Bottle", "One Timeless Spring", "The Parrot Who Met Papa", "The Burning Man", "A Piece of Wood", "The Messiah", "G.B.S.---Mark V", "The Utterly Perfect Murder", "Punishment Without Crime", "Getting Through Sunday Somehow", "Drink Entire: Against the Madness of Crowds", and "Christus Apollo".
©1969 Ray Bradbury, renewed 1997 by Ray Bradbury (P)2010 Tantor
Fantastically narrated. The delivery and enthusiasm of the performance brings out all the warmth, humour and vision of Ray Bradbury' s stories. Haven't read this since I was twelve. Revisiting the collection now and listening to it read out loud gives a whole new perspective. Ray Bradbury gives us back that eternal summer of childhood. Happy Sci-fi!!
"Poetic prose, without the backup of good stories"
Ray Bradbury's writing style is genuinely beautiful to listen to, and Dick Hill's voice and accent deliver the well crafted similes and metaphors adeptly. However, unlike such masterworks as Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Illustrated Man, and The Ghosts of Mars, the plots of these stories don't, on the whole, deliver any surprises, or provoke thought. The stories need to shout out loud so as not to be lost amid the beauty of Bradbury's word-craft, and sadly, in the case of most of the stories here, they don't.
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