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
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."
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.
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.
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.
Just some guy, that is working hard.
Yes, very good acting.
I enjoyed Scott Brinks nuanced telling of the story.
I was listening to it, across several long, solo bike rides.
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!
I have recommended this book to friends and strangers.
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.
Mr. Brick decided to give a stage performance to a book that was written to be read. I'm sure he meant well.
Not a moment, but several moments. Some funny but many poignant.
Worth your time. There several versions so you might want to try a different narrator.
As a teenager and into my 20's I was a huge fan of Bradbury, Heinlein and the like. Somehow, I missed this book. It was hard to listen to because Scott Brick is not your typical narrator. His reading reminded me of Rod Serling of the Twilight Zone or the announcer of The Outer Limits. The book reminded me of the shows as well. As I got used to the narration, I began to "see" the story in black and white and really got into it. After listening to Will Patton and Craig Wasson narrating Stephen King books, this is tough to get into it...but listen with a nostalgic ear and you will find yourself thoroughly enjoying the story as well as the narration! And perhaps you too will remember days gone by...the early days of black and white TV and science fiction!
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.
"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.
"Had not thought of this book for a long time"
It's a very pleasant experience as an audio-book, Scott Brick has a great voice, a clarity and warmness.
The Martians because their existence and extinction is proof that humans are nothing but barbarians with a brain smaller than a peanut
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.
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"
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