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Publisher's Summary

The mind of Ray Bradbury is a wonder-filled carnival of delight and terror that stretches from the verdant Irish countryside to the coldest reaches of outer space. Yet all his work is united by one common thread: a vivid and profound understanding of the vast set of emotions that bring strength and mythic resonance to our frail species. Bradbury characters may find themselves anywhere - and anywhen. A horrified mother may give birth to a strange blue pyramid. A man may take Abraham Lincoln out of the grave - and meet another who puts him back. An amazing Electrical Grandmother may come to live with a grieving family. An old parrot may have learned over long evenings to imitate the voice of Ernest Hemingway and become the last link to the last link to the great man. A priest on Mars may confront his fondest dream: to meet the Messiah.

Each of these magnificent creations has something to tell us about our own humanity - and all of their fates await you in this new edition of 28 classic Bradbury stories and one luscious poem. Travel on an unpredictable and unforgettable literary journey, safe in the hands of one of the great men of imagination.

The stories included are "The Kilimanjaro Device", "The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place", "Tomorrow's Child", "The Women", "The Inspired Chicken Motel", "Downwind from Gettysburg", "Yes, We'll Gather at the River", "The Cold Wind and the Warm", "Night Call, Collect", "The Haunting of the New", "I Sing the Body Electric!" "The Tombling Day", "Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby's Is a Friend of Mine", "Heavy-Set", "The Man in the Rorschach Shirt", "Henry the Ninth", "The Lost City of Mars", "The Blue Bottle", "One Timeless Spring", "The Parrot Who Met Papa", "The Burning Man", "A Piece of Wood", "The Messiah", "G.B.S.---Mark V", "The Utterly Perfect Murder", "Punishment Without Crime", "Getting Through Sunday Somehow", "Drink Entire: Against the Madness of Crowds", and "Christus Apollo".

©1969 Ray Bradbury, renewed 1997 by Ray Bradbury (P)2010 Tantor

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Short Stories are Boring

What would have made I Sing the Body Electric! better?

This collection of short stories reminded me that as much as i remember loving specific stories i forgot how boring soo many others really are.

What could Ray Bradbury have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Write short stories that had a real story line. Some of these just made no sense and were better as a TV show for Bradbury Theater than they are in book form.

Which scene was your favorite?

I have always loved the story I Sing the Body Electric. Just skip the other stories, stick with the good ones.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment. what happened to my memories of loving RB? Oh yeah they were the longer stories, novels, and novellas not the short stories.

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A book that should give every writer confidence

What would have made I Sing the Body Electric! better?

An editor. The title story is excellent. But, Bradbury naval gazes throughout the rest of the book, seemingly clutching at some sort of deeper meaning. Often his stories have an interesting concept at the center of them, but become derailed by meandering soliloquies about beauty and death. The characters are usually novelists, poets, journalists or bibliophiles - apparently stand-ins for Bradbury himself. So, it's like listening to the author give a depressive 4am rant at a bar.

What could Ray Bradbury have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He could have waited until he knew what he wanted to say... He could have waxed poetic in some way that advanced his plots...

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

Dick Hill has an old-timey sound to his voice that's perfect for Bradbury's retro science fiction. He puts his all into performing what Bradbury wrote, even if the book he's been given is incoherent.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Regret that I bought the wrong book.

Any additional comments?

All high school creative writing students should be assigned this book. It would show them that they can write something as good as Ray Bradbury.

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Great

I love these stories. And the reader does a great job. I look forward to listening to more by Dick Hill.

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Classic Bradbury

Ofttimes poetic and sentimental, this collection spans the near past to the distant future, from Ireland to Mars to deep space. Thought-provoking and full of ideas and concepts that fill todays science fiction through his influence.

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Very Good!

Took me awhile to get into it but once I did, I found this to be a Good group of stories & the reader did Very Well in all accents & women. I have already listened to this twice!!

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  • Nicola Mayne
  • 03-28-14

Electric !

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Fantastically narrated. The delivery and enthusiasm of the performance brings out all the warmth, humour and vision of Ray Bradbury' s stories. Haven't read this since I was twelve. Revisiting the collection now and listening to it read out loud gives a whole new perspective. Ray Bradbury gives us back that eternal summer of childhood. Happy Sci-fi!!

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  • Sam Roebuck
  • 02-24-13

Poetic prose, without the backup of good stories

Ray Bradbury's writing style is genuinely beautiful to listen to, and Dick Hill's voice and accent deliver the well crafted similes and metaphors adeptly. However, unlike such masterworks as Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Illustrated Man, and The Ghosts of Mars, the plots of these stories don't, on the whole, deliver any surprises, or provoke thought. The stories need to shout out loud so as not to be lost amid the beauty of Bradbury's word-craft, and sadly, in the case of most of the stories here, they don't.

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  • dot_stockport
  • 04-01-16

more bradbury than you can shake a stick at

this was a bit more badbury than i could confortably handle, but thats a matter of taste. presentationwise it featured two pet peeves. first, i wish producers would reality check the accents done by actors, the audience is international and the british isle accents in this audiobook bordered on offensive. second, when a story finished the gap before the next was edited down to less time than one would normally expect for a full stop. personally i like to pause when a story ends, not spend the next minute working out that we've moved on. there are some fab stories here but its a mix

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