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Something Wicked This Way Comes Audiobook

Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Publisher's Summary

Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and mind as has this one - Ray Bradbury's incomparable masterwork of the dark fantastic.

A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope's shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show's smoke, mazes, and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes - and the stuff of nightmare.

©1962 Ray Bradbury (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Andre 10-23-15
    Andre 10-23-15
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    "Fun, Frightfully Fun"
    If you could sum up Something Wicked This Way Comes in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Frightfully Fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Something Wicked This Way Comes?

    The relationship between Will and his father Charles Halloway. Usually in teen horror books, the parents are either absent or inconsequential, mean, or foolish. Here, Bradbury wrote the strongest parent and child relationship since Scout and Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mocking Bird." Mr. Halloway is strong and intuitive, sad and adventuresome. I wish I had a dad like him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The library scene in which Mr. Dark and his minions search for Will and Jim. Narrator Christian Rummel relished performing evil incarnate with purrs and growls. I was on the edge of my seat.


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

    Cry no, but laugh sometimes. It was a knowing laugh of remembering how it was like to be a kid. This book thrilled and chilled me.


    Any additional comments?

    I had met Ray Bradbury a couple of times to sign other books. I wish I had read this one so I could have asked him questions about it. He is a skilled writer of the highest order and his writing references the greatest books in literature. This shows that like Mr. Halloway, he invested a lot of time in the library.

    Audible did a fantastic job with this polished production. I will read more.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 05-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "THEY EAT THE DARK"

    A SHADOW BEHIND A SHADOW
    This is very hard to review. The basic story is creepy. No one is better at bringing back memories of preteen small town life. The problem is wading through all the descriptive language. I am not into poetry and this reads like a eight hour poem. I agree with one reviewer, my sophomore creative writing teacher would have graded me down for too much descriptive flowery language. You know your taste, base it on how much you like poetry.
    WHY SPEAK OF TIME WHEN YOU ARE TIME
    Christian Rummel does a fantastic job, I love his work.
    I'M REAL, YOUR NOT

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Calico Pete 12-08-15
    Calico Pete 12-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful tale of dark fantasy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! A classic masterpiece! This is one of my all time favourite audiobooks - a fabulous story written in a beautiful, lyrical style full of genuine moments of true horror, edge of your seat, nail- biting suspense, wonderfully drawn characters and the exploration of good and evil.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    William Halloway - an inspiring everyman hero facing impossible odds.


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

    Mr Rummel brings this book to life and illustrates perfectly how some books absolutely shine in audio form creating a far more powerful experience than in written or even movie form.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - definitely although I did need to come up for air after some scenes - ended up reading it in three sitting over three days. This will be an audiobook that I listen to again.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't deprive yourself of the pure pleasure and delight of this audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 11-18-15
    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 11-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A CLASSIC!"

    Masterfully performed, what a talent has Mr. Rummel. His vocal characterizations superbly rendered. A most enjoyable listen.

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    Scott 02-03-16
    Scott 02-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Bradbury is Always Enjoyable"


    This is not his best work, but very polished and enjoyable nonetheless. Bradbury crafts some beautiful imagery in this tale of time, innocence lost, and an ultimate battle of good and evil. It should be enjoyed alongside his "Invisible Man" short story collection.

    The narrator was excellent at distinguishing characters from his exposition voice, but I found the kids and father characters' voices extremely campy. The characters tend to react exactly the same to every single thing that happens. Poor choices by an otherwise talented narrator with a strong range.

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    Donna 12-07-15
    Donna 12-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Almost Didn't Listen"

    The narration almost stopped me in my tracks of beginning this book. It was too dramatic...until I gave it a chance, as I tried to remember what caught me and urged me to buy this book. My first experience reading Ray Bradbury. Then I remembered the fact that the boys were born a day apart (one the day before Halloween and the other on Halloween) and they lived next to each other. Then I got used to the voice and found it fit perfectly reading the poetic verse of Mr. Bradbury. Found much meaning - will reread sometime, I am sure I didn't get it all. Christian Rummel knows how to read/narrate this book.

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    Amazon Customer 12-05-15
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    "Ahhh! The carnival is in town!"

    This was a wonderful listen and I couldn't turn it off. It brought back memories of my own carnival days!

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    Ginell Philippines 11-30-15
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    "great story!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and Christian Rummel's narration was superb! I felt like I was listening to various people.

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    Leah 10-18-15
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    "Great story for young and old alike"

    This story takes a few chapters of set up before it comes together and starts to make solid sense. It's a wonderful tale of the power of choice. The narrator is mostly great. The voice for Will is too young and whiny for my taste. A few passages are read by word and not with meaning. Ray Bradbury uses wonderful alliteration and it can get lost in the reading on occasion. Really a great book overall. Highly recommended.

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    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 10-10-15
    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 10-10-15 Member Since 2017
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    "An absolute classic"
    If you could sum up Something Wicked This Way Comes in three words, what would they be?

    It reaches into your soul and makes you contemplate your own morality, good and evil and that sort of thing. Screw that 3 words crap.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the carnival atmosphere and the simple setting of the small town.


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

    People getting older and younger on the carousel.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to forgive the flowery language and style that Bradbury uses. It belongs in a book like this, but at the same time one can overdose on it. You keep thinking about this book long after it is done, and that is the hallmark of great literature. It moves you. It stirs your soul. It does something that is just hard to explain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • B. Lawrenson
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    7/31/15
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    "Not for me"
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    Gave the book a try as it is not the usual book I would listen to. I give up on chapter twenty eight. The book never gripped me and I was disappointed with it.
    I would listen to another book by this narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Aberdeen, Scotland
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    "more for reading visually than in audio"

    I found the story too meandering to follow well in this form. The narrator didn't particularly help, but he did suit the story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steve S
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    7/25/15
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    "Ok, but dragged a bit at the end"

    This one goes on the OK pile and for me it was a low-3 rating.

    Liked the general concept and it started well, but towards the end I felt that it started to stand on ceremony a bit and the only things missing were violins and French horns. It also started to drag a bit and too many words were used.

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  • rasmus
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    "Got bored"

    Sorry, I got bored with this one. Probably before the real thing even started but I just couldn't anymore.
    I thought the two protagonist boys were boring stereotypes that didn't appeal to me. The setting was also not what I was looking for.

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  • C Matty
    8/31/17
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    "Narration at it's best."

    Great story and wonderfully emersive narration, I could listen to Christian Rummel's voice all day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rose
    11/20/16
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    "By the pricking of my thumbs etc"

    This is essentially a children's adventure fantasy horror book for reading age of twelve and above I'd say. One thing it does show is that it is possible to write a decent horror without it descending in the boring unnecessary pornography which usually does nothing to enhance the quality of the book and might even diminish it. The plot is good no boring bits. It's tense and full of suspense. The natation is good the characters easy to distinguish. I'd share this book with any teenager or even an adult since it is a cross over book. I liked it just because it was all it said it was and nothing more. Not sure about the ending but then it is a children's book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Surbiton, United Kingdom
    11/17/16
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    "Promises much... doesn't deliver"

    I really enjoyed Fahrenheit 451 and thought this would be a sure winner. However, I really struggled to even like this. There's some lovely imagery and I get the allegorical message, but this fell really flat for me, despite really wanting to like it. :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    10/25/15
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    "Classic story standing the test of time"

    I found the story very entertaining, especially given the age the book still seem fresh and gripping, slightly spooky, but I still managed to listen while walking the dog at night

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hilary
    Arlesey, United Kingdom
    9/30/15
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    Really not enjoying this at all. A bad choice for me not keen on the narrator or the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Caroline A. Wilde
    London, UK
    8/25/15
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    "So much better than the film"

    Very enjoyable and dark at times. Amazing writing - paints a vivid picture.
    Film dismal in comparison.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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