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The Martian Chronicles | [Ray Bradbury]

The Martian Chronicles

Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow.
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Publisher's Summary

Ray Bradbury is a storyteller without peer, a poet of the possible, and, indisputably, one of America's most beloved authors. In a much-celebrated literary career that has spanned six decades, he has produced an astonishing body of work: unforgettable novels, essays, theatrical works, screenplays and teleplays, and numerous superb short-story collections. But of all the dazzling stars in the vast Bradbury universe, none shines more luminously than these masterful chronicles of Earth's settlement of the fourth world from the sun.

Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars...and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.

Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles is a classic work of 20th-century literature whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage.

The 27 stories contained in The Martian Chronicles are "Rocket Summer", "Ylla", "The Summer Night", "The Earth Men", "The Taxpayer", "The Third Expedition", "---And the Moon Be Still as Bright", "The Settlers", "The Green Morning", "The Locusts", "Night Meeting", "The Shore", "The Fire Balloons", "Interim", "The Musicians", "The Wilderness", "The Naming of Names", "Usher II", "The Old Ones", and more.

©1958 Ray Bradbury (P)2010 Tantor

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    Kathleen Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-06-12
    Kathleen Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Stands the Test of Time"

    You might think that a series of sci-fi/fantasy stories written more than half a century ago would lose their resonance, but not so. The Martian Chronicles is a series of loosely connected short stories focused around human colonization of Mars, following a more or less discernible timeline.

    Bradbury's stories capture human nature with poignant details, characters, and storylines that will wrench your heart, make you laugh, and cause you to ponder the human condition.

    I'm not a huge fan of the narrator, as he sometimes veers close to melodrama and other times is irritatingly flat (I struggled with his reading of "The Passage" as well, but not enough to pass up "The Martian Chronicles."

    This is one of the faster and more enjoyable listens I've had this year, and it's inspired me to explore more Ray Bradbury, especially "The Illustrated Man."

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rickapolis Annapolis, Maryland, United States 12-30-10
    Rickapolis Annapolis, Maryland, United States 12-30-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Should have been better"

    I've always been a big Ray Bradbury fan and this is one his best. The weakness with this audio book is the reader. Scott Brick is just too intense ALL of the time. There are moments when stress is needed but not for the entire book. It got old for me in a hurry. Of course that's a personal opinion (as all reviews are). If you like his style you probably will want to give this one five stars. Bradbury's book is an all out winner. Enjoy.
    Rick

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 04-29-14
    Amanda 04-29-14
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    "Love the story, hate the narrator"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I first encountered this narrator on a story where the protagonist was working undercover as a stoner, and his voice and reading style fit that very well. Here, it is very distracting and frustrating and strikes me as nails on a chalkboard.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    WizeManBOB 06-14-14
    WizeManBOB 06-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This is how the world ends."

    In a series of short stories, Ray Bradbury tells a tale of mankind's landing, colonization, and abandonment of Mars while covering many timeless social issues that are as valid today as when they were written about in 1958 and will be as valid in 2058 or 2558. Under the guise of not-quite science fiction, Bradbury points out timeless troubles like xenophobia, jealousy, and greed, touches topics including loneliness, madness, the spread of disease by foreign exposure, terraforming, the spread of religion, and an admonition of censorship. Which is somewhat ironic, in that one short story from the original printing of 'The Martian Chronicles' that addressed racism seems to be missing from the more modern reprintings.

    The stories are imaginative, insightful, and the flow and pacing of the overarching tale is smooth and well formed. Scott Brick reads clearly and engagingly. The reader moves from piece to piece, smoothing over the scene changes and helping to increase the association between them.

    If you enjoy slice of life stories, this book is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-28-14

    Just some guy, that is working hard.

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    "Classic Bradbury"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian Chronicles to be better than the print version?

    Yes, very good acting.


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

    I enjoyed Scott Brinks nuanced telling of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was listening to it, across several long, solo bike rides.


    Any additional comments?

    I first read the story when I was a teen, and later saw several of the pieces on outer limits. The spoken version reminded me how much I enjoy the stories of Ray Bradbury!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doc Charlotte, NC 07-29-12
    Doc Charlotte, NC 07-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "You gotta read this book. Try another narrator."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to friends and strangers.


    What other book might you compare The Martian Chronicles to and why?

    I don't have the depth in this genre to make comparison. I quit science fiction far too long ago. The book, however, transcends the genre.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Mr. Brick decided to give a stage performance to a book that was written to be read. I'm sure he meant well.


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

    Not a moment, but several moments. Some funny but many poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth your time. There several versions so you might want to try a different narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gina 07-15-15
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    "Classically beautiful"

    This is Bradbury's Classic and iconically writing. The narrator suites it perfectly. The only audio book I have listened to twice. Lyrical. These are stories of raw humanity, set in the future with a Martian backdrop.

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    Eliah David Reese 06-02-15
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    "Brilliant."

    Short stories that tell of the colonization of Mars 20 years from now. Each story is it's own masterpiece woven into the overall telling of Man's first journies to Mars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Sioux City, IA, United States 05-27-15
    Dean Sioux City, IA, United States 05-27-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Showing its age"

    Even allowing for the idea that Bradbury was writing myth and not Science fiction, it is still long in the tooth. It uses many of the conventions of the 50s. It just doesn't hold up after 50 years.

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    David Stoffel 05-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    it was a very good story. I liked the way that he wove the pieces together. a thought provoking tale.

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  • Mike
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    5/29/11
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    "One of the books I studied for GCE O Level"

    This is a book I have never tired of reading. This is a great example of one of the greatest writers there has ever been.

    If you like great writing that will live with you for ever, try anything by Ray Bradbury.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • an italian in london
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    "Had not thought of this book for a long time"
    Where does The Martian Chronicles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a very pleasant experience as an audio-book, Scott Brick has a great voice, a clarity and warmness.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Martians because their existence and extinction is proof that humans are nothing but barbarians with a brain smaller than a peanut


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    One of the early missions discovers how martians would not believe them to be from another planet. To me it's a parody of man: he thinks he is at the center of the universe and instead is nothing but a meaningless and transient grain of dust in something truly great.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Actually: why hasn't a movie been made of this?
    My tagline would be: "Americans need not watch this movie: they would not understand it"


    Any additional comments?

    Great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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