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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (20,003 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: Full Cast Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN:
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Ray Bradbury's endearing, lyrical tale of boyhood and an idyllic Midwestern summer is presented here as a full-cast audio dramatization by The Colonial Theatre on the Air, complete with sound effects and a brilliant musical score.

Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole world that lies beyond. It is a pair of new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather's renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley bell on a hazy afternoon. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals that hold time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine who can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ä’na | 2/19/2014

    " Amazing and lot about summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Si | 2/19/2014

    " This is a book about life and death. It will make you appreciate the things you have. I hope to read it again when I'm older! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Todd | 2/14/2014

    " This is one of my very favorite books. As I write this it is April, and the weather is turning lovely again. It is a good time to start this book. Remember what it is like to be a kid in the summer time again when everything around you holds mystery and you are young and invincible. I loved it. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/4/2014

    " This is simply the most beautiful book that I have ever read. Bradbury weaves an enchanting tale of a boy growing up in a small town. Each chapter reads as a short story or mini-adventure, yet all relate to form one complete book. I've read this at least 5 times and will read it again and again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 2/3/2014

    " I found it somewhat interesting. Enough to keep me interested, I wanted to finish the story, but overall I didn't really enjoy it by the end. Not terrible writing or anything just not my style I think. I really had a hard time believing a young boy could think or be as poetic as that, but maybe I'm wrong, my boys don't talk that way at least "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/19/2014

    " I've heard about this book for years, but didn't read it until it was our book club selection. I have to admit that I wasn't too excited about the book when I first started reading it because I felt the beginning was a little slow. As Bradbury moved forward with the story of this Midwestern summer, it became a sweet and interesting story. Times were simpler and yet more complex. While they didn't have all sorts of electronic gadgets, or schedules filled with lessons and travel, camps and summer school, there were conventions that had to be followed. It was fun remembering how a new pair of sneakers felt when you first put them on. And while I had never made dandelion wine, I did remember what it was like to go through summer rituals with my grandparents. A friend of mine said she tries to read this book at the beginning of the summer...I'm actually glad I read it at the end because it was a wonderful reflective piece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 1/17/2014

    " The warnings living out in the black space of Bradbury's heraldic future in "The Illustrated Man" were all just too easily dismissible. The troubles of a troubled universe very much alien to our own, how could I take any of it seriously when it was all happening in a far-off, distant parallel universe? I never did, not really. The strands of woe and particles of doom sprinkled throughout never did find themselves buried as deep in my heart as the beautiful imagery inserted there through free-flowing metaphor. No, they served little more than a thrill breeze to raise the hair on my neck... but in this book, things were a little different. From the very first page, a beautiful summer begins to die, and everybody is trying to hold on to it somehow, trying to prevent it from going. The same bleak sense of loss and hopelessness from that first book found its way into this one as well, only here it's not so laughable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Koblos | 1/11/2014

    " A very vivid and colorful description of a summer (was it 1923?) long past. It is so well written that it made me quite nostalgic, although that time was waaaay before my time and no way I could remember any of it. Still, it sort of felt like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 12/31/2013

    " The best book I was ever forced to read in school! I still enjoy returning to it from time to time. Bradury wrote from the heart on this one. There's values in here that you'ld never get from a sitcom, but it's downhome stuff not preachy. It's prose poety. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 12/24/2013

    " Pretty old fashioned, but lovely writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda Peev | 12/7/2013

    " The most poetic fiction ever: love, philosophy, psychology, literature, magnificence - all in one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 10/12/2013

    " Gorgeous writing, strong imagery that transports the reader immediately into the scenes, fantastic pacing and a good sense of what concepts to put up next to each other to form a full, cohesive idea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leo | 3/1/2013

    " Great book, thanks to all the people that recommended it for me. The writing was superb, Bradbury has a way with words that brings you right into his moment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 12/15/2012

    " Enjoyed reading about the times of small town life. It was refreshing to read of character's thoughts and ramblings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Condie | 3/26/2012

    " This was a good book. There is a lot of description in it. It kind of makes you nostalgic for summer when you were a kid. It was little hard to get into at first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sir Orrin | 1/16/2012

    " Has to be the best coming of age book ever. I somehow hear Richard Dreyfus' voice when I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary Goosman | 11/16/2011

    " I loved this book the first time I read it and every time since. It is so melancholy and reminds me of the 1950's. I think of my grandparents every time I thumb through the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzette Gee | 10/18/2011

    " Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding has one memorable summer in the early 1900s. This book captures all the magic of being young and the things that you have to consider as you grow up. Love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauretta | 7/21/2011

    " I listened to the audiobook "

  • 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.