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
A great book that finally represents the talents of Scott Brick. He reads very well but his dreamy, breathy emotionality works with Bradburys text so much better than it does when he reads crime novels or thrillers.
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.
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.
To this day, this collection continues to be one of the most original stories I have ever heard. Although some of the social norms have changed, the conflicts are just as real today as they were back then.
Geek Hippie Teacher Techie. Love history, Fantasy, classic SciFi, Science books, and short stories.
Classic book everyone that loves Science Fiction knows.
What sets this version apart is that the narrator is excellent and really makes the book come to life.
No but I definitively will. He is excellent.
I haven't read the print version.
This book rivals the Foundation Series.
Scott does a great job with the character voices.
Overall the book kept me engaged.
This is a classic that is well worth the time it takes to listen to the book.
Audible fan!...Why didn't I discover audiobooks sooner? I would rather listen than watch.
Nowhere near the top but it is a valuable listen as a pioneer in the science fiction genre.
Asimov's foundation but on a much smaller scale. Alas Babylon with its post WWII nuclear threatenings and self-destruction of man
Irrelevant in this narrative.
The last two chapters - but I don't want to leave any spoilers.
This is a dated book as current science has made this hyperbolic fiction. It is still a valuable read/listen to learn about the post war generation - their fears and suppositions about society.
The Martian Chronicles is worth a listen but by a different narrator. Scott Brick's reading is way too melodramatic to pull you in.
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