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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (20,008 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781470800635
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Ray Bradbury’s moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author’s most deeply personal work, a semiautobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928.

Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole wide world that lies beyond the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather’s renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley’s bell on a hazy afternoon. It is yesteryear and tomorrow blended into an unforgettable always. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals whose mystical power holds time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine that can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future.

Come and savor Ray Bradbury’s priceless distillation of all that is eternal about boyhood and summer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bradbury is an authentic original.”

    Time

  • “Bradbury at his best.”

    Washington Post Book World 

  • “A haunting, nostalgic novel…Dandelion Wine is among the best of his earthbound works…He wrote about life on this planet in a richly poetic style that often makes the familiar world seem as fantastic and mysterious as the distant future or outer space.”

    Washington Post

  • “An excellent book.”

    Los Angeles Daily News

  • “Those who wish to experience the unique magic of early Bradbury as a prose stylist should find Dandelion Wine most refreshing.”

    Stanley Wiater, Bram Stoker Award–winning author

  • “I urge you to check out a copy of Dandelion Wine…the hyper-real story of Bradbury’s youth…Bradbury has been compared to Mark Twain in his ability to capture the vitality and innocence of 1920s small-town America.”

    Chicago Daily Herald

  • “The story captures the wonder and excitement of youth.”

    Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

  • “Without flash or bestsellerdom, Bradbury has emerged as one of this country’s great writers.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 mnky9800n | 2/12/2014

    " Let me start off by saying, I hate Ray Bradbury. I dislike his writing style. If Orwell said to cut out unnecessary words from your writings, Bradbury wanted to add more words. He spends an awful lot of time saying nothing while trying to say everything. The theme of the book is change. It takes place in the summer of 1928. Irony? People die, people have to deal with death, people have to deal with change. It seems like the book leads up to something when in the end it led up to nothing. This being said there were enjoyable parts of the book but they were too infrequent to recommend Dandelion Wine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosalin | 2/3/2014

    " There were intermittent brilliantly insightful moments on aging and mortality. The narrative seemed too disconnected and fragmented as Bradbury jumps from character to character. Definitely not as engrossing as Something Wicked This Way Comes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 2/2/2014

    " To me, this is Badbury at his poetic best. I have always loved this tale with its beautiful Waukegan, Illinois setting. It is such a sweet tale of familial love which young and old can enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/27/2014

    " This short novel is said to be a semi-autobiographical work of "normal" fiction by the great science fiction writer. It takes place in 1928 in a small town in Illinois. It's somewhat of a nostalgic look at the simpler life in times gone by. Wine made from dandelion petals and citrus fruit is a metaphor for packing the joys of life into a bottle. I enjoyed the light feel of this book as a nice diversion from "heavier" reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/27/2014

    " a wonderful book about magical summer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbooks | 1/6/2014

    " This might be my all time favorite book. Combines writing of Steinbeck, imagination of Tolkien, and the proverbial coming of age book of which I am a fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susi | 1/4/2014

    " Not his usual sci.find genre. Great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huma Rashid | 1/1/2014

    " I read this in high school and disliked it, but I feel like I'm due for a re-reading, and that I'll love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frankieharley | 10/27/2013

    " Adored this book! So different from Bradbury's other work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew S | 6/23/2013

    " A beautifully written book. Bradbury has an unparalleled ability to pull the reader into his story using all 5 senses. Sad, suspensful, humorous, this book is a must read for all Bradbury fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 6/12/2013

    " Read in grade school and don't remember much of it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danica Midlil | 4/29/2013

    " umm, weird mostly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephenawade | 3/31/2013

    " Imagine a series of PERFECTLY written short stories, all woven together to tell the story of a magical summer as a kid. This book will not disappoint you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy | 8/4/2012

    " I became so philosophical upon my own life and aging and memories while reading this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Monica | 7/26/2012

    " I read this in middle school and i hated it. i thought it was so boring i didn't want to read any of his other stories until i found Something Wicked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Springer | 4/27/2012

    " I got on a Bradbury kick shortly after High School, which would be in the early 70s. Until Dandelion Wine, Bradbury to me had been a Sci-Fi writer. This book changed that perception. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/19/2011

    " Perfect summer read. Nobody can beat the beautiful writing of Bradbury. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aj | 5/11/2011

    " Stunning. One of the best small town USA novels ever written. Right up there with To Kill A Mockingbird. At the top of my to be reread list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paulette | 5/2/2011

    " I remember this as being pretty scary for a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/2/2011

    " what a great book about summer in Illinois for a kid. my favorite chapters include grandma in the kitchen, the time machine and the happiness machine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 4/29/2011

    " It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 4/16/2011

    " This book is one of my all time favorites! Bradbury captures some of the mystery and magic of childhood. I love this book for it's gentle reminders of the glory of the everyday, and that sometimes an open perspective is all it takes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 4/14/2011

    " I had never read a book by Ray Bradbury. He is undoubtedly a talented writer, but I think this book sprawled out over too many characters for it to have a clear-cut plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 4/14/2011

    " audio.
    I was surprised to love the book as much as I do! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/10/2011

    " A classic story of a young boy Douglas Spalding and his family. Danelion Wine is a time travleing story sure to enthrall readers of all ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernard | 4/5/2011

    " Another superb book of short stories by the master. Ray captures nostalgia, dreaming, people and other ingredients wonderfully in his stories. Definitely a favorite book by one of my favorite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 4/4/2011

    " What can I say? It's Ray Bradbury - it's incredible. I found this best to read at about a chapter a day. It was too filled with metaphors and heavy sentences and slightly funky stories to read any more than a bite at a time. I really enjoyed it. "

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About the Author
Author Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury (1920–2012), one of the most popular science fiction writers in the world, wrote more than five hundred short stories, novels, plays, and poems. He won many awards, including the National Book Award and the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.