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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (209 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 is an enduring masterwork of twentieth-century American literature—a chilling vision of a dystopian future built on the foundations of ignorance, censorship, and brutal repression. The origins and evolution of Bradbury’s darkly magnificent tale are explored in A Pleasure to Burn, a collection of sixteen selected shorter works that prefigure the grand master’s landmark novel. With classic, thematically interrelated stories alongside many crucial lesser-known ones—including, at the collection’s heart, the novellas “Long after Midnight” and “The Fireman”—A Pleasure to Burn is an indispensable companion to the most powerful work of America’s preeminent storyteller and a wondrous confirmation of the inimitable Bradbury’s brilliance, magic, and fire. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An essential addition to the bookshelf of every Bradbury fan, the collection is also accessible to curious readers with a taste for the dark, the strange, and the macabre.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An essential addition to the bookshelf of every Bradbury fan.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “All sixteen pieces in the collection explore the hazards befalling mankind when society contrives to restrain the imagination. An indispensable companion to Bradbury’s most celebrated novel.”


  • “Frightening in its implications...Mr. Bradbury's account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating.”

    New York Times on Fahrenheit 451

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amber | 2/6/2014

    " Bradbury knows my soul. I don't know what else to say. He is poetic and brilliant "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 12/22/2013

    " I liked the idea behind this collection of short stories because I remember really loving Fahrenheit 451. I liked how Bradbury carried the concept of a society that just doesn't care throughout all the stories, but at the same time a lot of the concepts were too similar for me. Many of the stories mentioned the same exact things and for a while it got boring. As I said before, if nothing else it got me wanting to read Fahrenheit 451 again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shaun | 10/1/2013

    " Since all the stories prefigured FAHRENHEIT 451, there was some repetition, but it was interesting to see all the "dry-runs" before the real thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Daniel | 8/31/2013

    " Interesting collection of Bradbury stories related to "Fahrenheit 451," including two nearly identical novellas. What this desperately needed was an essay providing the timing and context for these stories so that we get some sense of how they connected to the ultimate work. "

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