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 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.
The Martian Chronicles is worth a listen but by a different narrator. Scott Brick's reading is way too melodramatic to pull you in.
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.
I read this years ago, but not until I heard it narrated by Scott Brick did I truly appreciate this story. He brought it to life and kept it alive!
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