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The Illustrated Man | [Ray Bradbury]

The Illustrated Man

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.
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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
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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.

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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
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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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