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The Martian Chronicles Audiobook
The Martian Chronicles
Written by: 
Ray Bradbury
Narrated by: 
Scott Brick
The Martian Chronicles Audiobook

The Martian Chronicles

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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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    gina 07-15-15
    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.

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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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    "dstoffel"

    it was a very good story. I liked the way that he wove the pieces together. a thought provoking tale.

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    Devin 04-22-15
    Devin 04-22-15
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    "Very original"

    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.

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    Timothy Los Angeles 03-20-15
    Timothy Los Angeles 03-20-15

    Geek Hippie Teacher Techie. Love history, Fantasy, classic SciFi, Science books, and short stories.

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    "Classic Book. Excellent Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian Chronicles the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I definitively will. He is excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Clay Ostrander, Ohio United States 06-24-14
    Joe Clay Ostrander, Ohio United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A True Classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian Chronicles to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


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

    This book rivals the Foundation Series.


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

    Scott does a great job with the character voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Overall the book kept me engaged.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a classic that is well worth the time it takes to listen to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James T Lindon, UT, United States 01-19-14
    James T Lindon, UT, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2014

    Audible fan!...Why didn't I discover audiobooks sooner? I would rather listen than watch.

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    "A pioneer that shouldn't be dismissed"
    Where does The Martian Chronicles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Nowhere near the top but it is a valuable listen as a pioneer in the science fiction genre.


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

    Asimov's foundation but on a much smaller scale. Alas Babylon with its post WWII nuclear threatenings and self-destruction of man


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Irrelevant in this narrative.


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

    The last two chapters - but I don't want to leave any spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mary B. Reiten Seattle, WA United States 07-04-12
    Mary B. Reiten Seattle, WA United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Story Ruined by Awful Narrator"

    The Martian Chronicles is worth a listen but by a different narrator. Scott Brick's reading is way too melodramatic to pull you in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edd Craigville, In, United States 04-02-12
    Edd Craigville, In, United States 04-02-12

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    "High brow listening"

    This book was written to be like a series of day in the life stories. Many of them are very common but there are some very funny surprises. You need to listen the whole thing to get a real feel, but the stories are great even though the science and some of the ideas are a bit dated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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