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Sinister mushrooms growing in a dank cellar. A family's first glimpse at Martians. A wonderful white vanilla ice-cream summer suit that changes everyone who wears it. All those images and many more are inside this book, 31 of Bradbury's most arresting tales - timeless short fiction that ranges from the farthest reaches of space to the innermost stirrings of the heart.

©1990 Ray Bradbury (P)2018 Recorded Books

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loved SOME of the stories

Many of these stories really were not science fiction imho. still I love Ray Bradbury

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  • 08-05-18

Some gems, some slow, all good writing

This collection has some real gems, but they don't show up until about halfway in. The opening stories, to me, were slow and disappointing. I felt like they were more descriptions of moments than they were stories with an arc. But later in the collection, he seems to hit a stride, particularly with the sci fi ones, one or two of which are in the Martian Chronicles.

Regardless, the stories are well written, and each one dissects or depicts some deep aspect of human thought.

The reader is amazing. Really! He was fantastic.

So, my recommendation is to read the Martian Chronicles first, and then, if you're really craving more, check this out, but keep your expectations low, particularly for the first half.

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  • 10-28-19

A wide range of ideas and characters

The narrator managed to put unique life into a large cast of characters. Ray Bradbury's stories and imagination was brought to life with this production.