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Ray Bradbury is a modern cultural treasure. His disarming simplicity of style underlies a towering body of work unmatched in metaphorical power by any other American storyteller. And here are 32 of his most famous tales - prime examples of the poignant and mysterious poetry that Bradbury uniquely uncovers in the depths of the human soul, the otherwordly portraits that spring from the canvas of one of the century's great men of imagination.

From a lonely coastal lighthouse to a 60-million-year-old safari, from the pouring rain of Venus to the ominous silence of a murder scene, Ray Bradbury is our sure-handed guide not only to surprising and outrageous manifestations of the future but also to the wonders of the present that we could never have imagined on our own.

©1953, renewed 1981 Ray Bradbury (P)2010 Tantor

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2 Books in 1

This is the omnibus edition originally known as Classic Stories 1: From The Golden Apples of the Sun and R is for Rocket, and later A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories. It includes both short story collections The Golden Apples of the Sun and R is for Rocket (which is focused mainly on science fiction stories.)


"The Fog Horn" (1952)
"The April Witch" (1951)
"The Wilderness" (1952)
"The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl" (1948)
"The Flying Machine" (1953)
"The Murderer" (1953)
"The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind" (1953)
"I See You Never" (1947)
"Embroidery" (1951)
"The Big Black and White Game" (1945)
"The Great Wide World Over There" (1953)
"Powerhouse" (1948)
"En La Noche" (1952)
"Sun and Shadow" (1953)
"The Meadow" (1947)
"The Garbage Collector" (1953)
"The Great Fire" (1949)
"The Golden Apples of the Sun" (1953)

"R Is for Rocket" (1943)
"The End of the Beginning" (1956)
"The Rocket" (1950)
"The Rocket Man" (1953)
"A Sound of Thunder" (1952)
"The Long Rain" (1950)
"The Exiles" (1950)
"Here There Be Tygers" (1951)
"The Strawberry Window" (1954)
"The Dragon" (1955)
"Frost and Fire" (1947)
"Uncle Einar" (1947)
"The Time Machine" (1957)
"The Sound of Summer Running" (1957)

There are only 4 stories missing from the original collections: "The Pedestrian," "Invisible Boy," "Hail and Farewell" and "The Gift."

These are truly two of Ray Bradbury's classic collections and the narration is terrific. I've found that the Trantor Audio versions of Bradbury's books to generally be the best versions available. A fantastic deal for 32 classic stories.

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One of my favorite authors

If you could sum up The Golden Apples of the Sun in three words, what would they be?

Well worth it if only for "Here there by Tygers" and "Frost and Fire." These are two stories that give imaginative language to some of our deepest feelings and fears.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator is a bit too melancholic -- certainly there is an underlying sadness to many of the stories, but the narrator's style overlays the entire collection more despair than the stories naturally elicit.

Even so, Bradbury's storytelling power is so strong that it overcomes the narrator's one-stringed guitar.

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  • BJ
  • Florence, CO, United States
  • 10-19-17

Excellent as expected

Nothing beats Ray Bradbury and this collection is terrific. All are spellbinding of course, but there be classics in these. Listen and be entranced. :)

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story telling master!

tiny vignets of words and memories that each feel like a personal experience. short stories that feel as detailed and descriptive as novels. bradbury is a master storyteller ( the narrator doesnt do these stories justice. hes too clipped and harsh and pulls out of his sentences too soon. the stories are meant to be told almost as if you are just waking up, words trailing, still dreaming. a softer more thoughtful cadence is required, like having a conversation over whiskey on a worn-smooth bar top with a stranger across from you. whistful and full of melancholy for what is no more. IMO.)

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Bradbury hitting the heart

A great collection by Americas best storyteller. These stories reach past fiction to grasp what makes us human.

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Better enjoyed in book form

What did you like best about The Golden Apples of the Sun? What did you like least?

I love Ray Bradbury, and have for many decades read his big book "Short Stories of Ray Bradbury". So, most of these shorts in this audio I've already read and reread many times. For some reason the audio version just falls short (no pun intended). It is rare that I feel a book is better read than listened to.

Would you recommend The Golden Apples of the Sun to your friends? Why or why not?

I would, if they had not ever read Ray Bradbury. I mean, it is Ray Bradbury, how can you not recommend his shorts?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This may well be the main issue I have in this audio book. The narrator has an old man quavery voice that gets really irritating and grates on my nerves.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I don't watch TV or movies, so no, I wouldn't.

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  • Laurence
  • 04-07-13

Like a warm bath

I loved this book. Each short story had fascinating ideas while being incredibly touching and humane.

My one reservation is to do with the production. There is very little to mark the end of one tale and the start of the next. As a result I often found myself lost when I was listening to a new scenario while still imagining the previous one.

That aside, I enjoyed it very much and I expect to listen to this book several more times.

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