Ray Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th Century American writers. Many of his works have been adapted into comic books, television shows and films. He wrote science fiction, fantasy, horror and mystery stories. Among his most celebrated works are Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man.
The Concrete Mixer is one of his earlier stories. It was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories in April 1949. In the story, a warlike race of Martians plans their glorious conquest of Earth but one of them, Ettil Vrye, foresaw defeat. He was given his choice of joining the Legion of War - or burning! The story contains quite a bit of humor and irony, things not often found in Bradbury stories.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, because it offers a unique perspective and turns the typical invasion story on its head. It's a perfect example of how Bradbury writes to make us examine and discover things about ourselves.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The main character, of course, because it is through his truly alien eyes that we see ourselves. It is neat to witness the difference between what he expects and what he observes.
Which character – as performed by Rish Outfield – was your favorite?
All of them really. Rish Outfield is a dynamic narrator. I did particularly like his portrayal of Mic, the Hollywood hipster, at the end. Perfect characterization
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Just how the main character stuck to his beliefs before the invasion, all based on what he had read/seen from Earth media.
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What did you love best about The Concrete Mixer?
the narration was amazing. Rish does one hell of a job bringing to life this story that feels like a surreal twilight zone episode.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Concrete Mixer?
When the martian meets the movie producer
What does Rish Outfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Great voices that bring out the emotions and the comedy
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
more from Rish!
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