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Early Dystopian Magic From Bradbury

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Reviewed: 11-11-16

Where does Ray Bradbury's Pillar of Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


What did you like best about this story?

This is a bit of Bradbury I'd never heard of nor read. Very poetic and very dark. The last section sounds like a sort of hymn to Halloween. I've ordered the book containing the whole thing to read it in the entire form now. Surprised this story is not better known among Ray Bradbury fans.

Which character – as performed by Bill Oberst Jr. – was your favorite?

The dead man risen from the grave is actually a terrorist if you think about what he is doing, but you do feel sorry for him. The man who figures him out, McClure, is a question mark: is he the devil or is he saving his society? All very thought-provoking.

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

The last bit where the dead man is reciting all that he represents.

Any additional comments?

Heart-felt and fun, in that spooky sort of way. I'd recommend it to people who are into Bradbury's darker side. Oh, and a little knowledge of Poe helps to catch the references made here.

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