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The Illustrated Man Audiobook
The Illustrated Man
Written by: 
Ray Bradbury
Narrated by: 
Scott Brick
The Illustrated Man Audiobook

The Illustrated Man

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Publisher's Summary

The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury - a collection of tales that breathe and move, animated by sharp, intaken breath and flexing muscle. Here are eighteen startling visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body. The images, ideas, sounds, and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful: the mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into a vast, empty space of stars and blackness; the sight of grey dust settling over a forgotten outpost on a road that leads nowhere; the pungent odor of Jupiter on a returning father's clothing. Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth, widely believed to be one of the grandmaster's premier accomplishments: as exhilarating as interplanetary travel, as maddening as a walk in a million-year rain, and as comforting as simple, familiar rituals on the last night of the world.

    The stories contained in The Illustrated Man are:
  • "Prologue: The Illustrated Man"
  • "The Veldt"
  • "Kaleidoscope"
  • "The Other Foot"
  • "The Highway"
  • "The Man"
  • "The Long Rain"
  • "The Rocket Man"
  • "The Last Night of the World"
  • "The Exiles"
  • "No Particular Night or Morning"
  • "The Fox and the Forest"
  • "The Visitor"
  • "The Concrete Mixer"
  • "Marionettes, Inc."
  • "The City"
  • "Zero Hour"
  • "The Rocket"
  • "The Illustrated Man."

©1979 Ray Bradbury (P)2010 Tantor

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    M. Stephenson McHenry, Illinois USA 10-30-10
    M. Stephenson McHenry, Illinois USA 10-30-10 Member Since 2007
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    "A haunting performance of a Bradbury classic"

    That Ray Bradbury will ultimately be remembered as one of the finest writers of fiction of the 20th century is a virtual certainty, and the stories contained in this collection are some of the best examples of his remarkable body of work. The bujilding suspense and ultimate horror of "The Veldt." The unrelenting despair of "The Long Rain." The gentle wistfulness of "The Rocket Man." These stories are Bradbury at the peak of his powers and are treasures, each unto itself. Tied together in this volume they represent a literary feast.

    I could go on and on about Bradbury, but the other real treasure of this edition is Scott Brick's absolutely remarkable narration. Brick captures every emotion that Bradbury wrote into these stories, delivering them with mastery, feeling and style that often transform passages from prose to pure poetry. I found myself often backing up a disk (I burn to CDs) just to hear Brick's delivery of a passage once again. Whenever I acquire an audiobook read by Scott Brick I expect a wonderful listening experience, but this reading was off the charts. Immediately prior to this edition I hear Brick's reading of Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles," which was also wonderful. However, in the case of "The Illustrated Man," something about his reading was different, deeper, more engaged and immersed in the tone and meaning of the stories. This is one of the best audiobook experiences I have ever enjoyed.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Graeme Calgary, Alberta, Canada 11-27-15
    Graeme Calgary, Alberta, Canada 11-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful"

    Loved this collection and the performance of it. Really drives into a lot of the pressure points in the genre.

    Any one notice though, the narrator's character voices all sound like they are just on the verge of weeping, no matter who they are or what they're doing? It's really effective, but gets sorta old after a bunch of these stories in a row.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Encino, CA United States 09-06-15
    Amazon Customer Encino, CA United States 09-06-15 Member Since 2013

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    "A blast from my past...love The Illustrated Man"

    My sincere apologies for my original review maligning the performance, the speed was wrong on my device. I corrected that and the rest of my listening experience was good.

    I remember these stories from when I was a kid,The Vekt always being my favorite, but now that I'm all grown up and listened to these, I found several more that I'd either forgotten or just never understood when I was a kid so didn't remember. Made me buy the movie so I can watch that again too. It was fun "reading" this book again after so many years.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kati3kat 07-19-15
    kati3kat 07-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Several stories within a story"

    The Illustrated Man is a telling of the stories of each illustration tattooed on his body. Each story is told like an episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery. Most of the stories have a deeper message within it. I would be interested to hear how the last two generations view these stories since some of the features of technology are no longer fiction but actuality. I also wonder how they would view some of the social issues that are no longer present today. Makes one wonder if Bradbury saw the future or if the readers of the past were so enamored by his ideas they sought to bring them to fruition.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 04-19-16
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    "Some of the best short stories out there!"

    It took me the first short story to get really into the idea but they are all truly amazing! I would say maybe two of them I didn't care for, but that is a pretty good amount! Highly recommend if you want a thought provoking collection.

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    T. Redwood 07-04-16
    T. Redwood 07-04-16

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    "Not the best Bradbury"
    Would you try another book from Ray Bradbury and/or Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick is one of my favorite performers. Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes is probably my favorite audiobook. However, although this is a cleverly packaged format of short stories, the editing (or, lack thereof) suffers IMMENSELY. There is not one iota of a pause between chapters. In fact they roll into one another as if the end of one chapter's sentence segues right into the first sentence of the next chapter, as if they were the same sentence. This nearly drove me mad, making the audio book HORRIBLE.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ray Bradbury again?

    I will ALWAYS listen to Something Wicked This Way Comes every Halloween.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great inflection. Great nuance. Sorry, Scott, that the editing sucks here.


    Did The Illustrated Man inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to return the audiobook.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Oak Hill, VA, United States 11-29-13
    Shawn Oak Hill, VA, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Ignore the old science and you get great stories"
    Would you listen to The Illustrated Man again? Why?

    Yes. These stories are excellent tales about humans. They are interwoven and handed to the reader/listener.


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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-13-13
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-13-13 Member Since 2015

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Severely dated."

    I love science fiction short stories but I find most "classic" science fiction laughable. I thought this book would be an exception, but it wasn't. Boring and severely dated. Waste of a credit.

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    "As relevant today as when written"

    It is amazing to think these stories were written in the 1940s to early 50s. The sociopolitical comment in stories like The Other Foot are as relevant today as then. Be aware there us little or no gap between the stories on the recording, shame, as the narrator does a good job

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