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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: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781400188239
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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 semi-autobiographical 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 who can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future. Come and savor Bradbury's priceless distillation of all that is eternal about boyhood and summer. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bradbury is an authentic original.”

    Time

  • Owing both to Bradbury's storytelling skills and Audie Award winner Stephen Hoye's excellent rendering of the characters, these adventures will translate to listeners as shared memories. Highly recommended for all libraries and the many kids---no matter what age---they serve. Library Journal Audio Review
  • “This tender, openly affectionate story of a young man’s voyage of discovery is certainly more mainstream than exotic…Those who wish to experience the unique magic of early Bradbury as a prose stylist should find Dandelion Wine most refreshing.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Bradbury has emerged as one of this country’s great writers.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 2/3/2014

    " Makes me feel like a kid again, every time I read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scottie | 2/3/2014

    " One of my all time favorite books. One I will read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/28/2014

    " The book covers one summer in a small town and shows how everything appears to two young brothers, ages 10 and 12. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin | 1/24/2014

    " Having associated this writer with far out scifi I have avoided him for a long time,what a lovely surprise this book is.I was able to relate to so many characters and situations,it's like going back in time with the author.Loved this book and may even try more of his writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaijsa | 1/23/2014

    " I loved this book for the writing alone. What it had to say was enjoyable and nostalgic, but the way it was said was so wonderful that I must give it five stars. Not a page turner, but I'm sure that was on purpose. Bradbury was truely masterful. A possible bookclub gem, especially because I'm sure some people would hate it and thus provide for a very interesting discussion. "

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

    " This made me nostalgic for childhood. Bradbury turned what could easily have been an ordinary story into something extraordinary. Fun and surreal and just enough dark undertones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Kaess | 1/14/2014

    " Great story by Ray Bradbury. NOT sci-fi. I strongly recommend ther audiobook version. It is well acted and draws you into this excellent story. The followup story, Farewell Summer is not as good as Dandelion Wine is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manosthehandsoffate | 1/8/2014

    " Well written. However it wasn't especially entertaining. I had hoped it would be the sort of book I would have liked to read when I was 12 but it wasn't. The main character was too introspective to be a real kid. I probably shouldn't knock it for not being what I expected but what can I say? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 1/5/2014

    " Just beautifully written. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Esch | 1/5/2014

    " So lyrical and so evocative of the American Midwest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Ylvisaker | 1/4/2014

    " One of the few books I read annually. This book exudes the joy the author must have had in writing it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 12/5/2013

    " I was surprised I didn't like this better as I remember loving the book. I might have to give the paperback another go around to see if the audio thing was a fluke. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J | 11/22/2013

    " Just re-read this book! It is one of my all time favorites. Definitely recommend for anyone to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Shahan | 11/13/2013

    " my favorite book by my favorite author. read it or don't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suz deMello | 11/4/2013

    " The perfect summer read. One of my favorite books EVER. Must be savored like a fine wine. The writing is wonderful. Only Bradbury could have written this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 10/23/2013

    " I got this book at a used bookstore in Seattle and read it on the flight back to Baltimore. I loved the cover of this edition and the symbols in the artwork. It captures the essence and adventure of a long summer as a 12 year old boy with his brother in a small town in the country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda Peev | 8/18/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 12/8/2012

    " A good book however it seems that it is written for the older generations. My childhood was not at all similar to the one described in the book which made it hard to relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 10/28/2012

    " Charming - took me back to another time. Exquisite writing, simple storyline with profound insights on childhood, living and aging. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/26/2012

    " This books makes me long for summer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 2/25/2012

    " I love this book. I am reading a slow as I can to make it last. Thia will be put into my summer ready rotation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelle | 1/22/2012

    " Wonderfully written and inspiring. Each chapter seemed to have some nugget of wisdom. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 1/8/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 12/13/2011

    " Bradbury had such a way of evoking a sense of childhood memory and emotion through his writing. How extraordinary the ordinary can be, if we just open our eyes to what surrounds us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 9/19/2011

    " I enjoyed this memoir inspired book by the author. Aptly describes the wonderful summer of feeling alive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Dancer | 9/11/2011

    " This book was to descriptive for me to follow. Maybe I will try reading it again, when I'm not in a rush to read three other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew S | 6/17/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenna | 6/4/2011

    " EOf course I loved it. :) No one tells a story the way Mr. Bradbury does. The summer of 1928 will live forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/22/2011

    " I think this is one of my favorite books, and Ray Bradbury is definitely one of my favorite authors. This book is so beautifully written and is wonderfully full of nostalgia. Read it at the beginning of summer for an optimal experience. "

  • 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. "

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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

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End. His audiobook narration has won him fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards.