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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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