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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,597 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400188222
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Toiling away amid the looming palm trees and decaying bungalows, a struggling young writer (who bears a strong resemblance to Ray Bradbury himself) spins fantastic stories from his fertile imagination upon his clacking typewriter. Trying not to miss his girlfriend, who is away studying in Mexico, the nameless writer steadily crafts his literary efforts-until strange things begin happening around him. The writer first receives a series of peculiar phone calls, then finds clumps of seaweed on his doorstep. And, as the incidents escalate, his friends fall victim to a series of mysterious "accidents"-some of them fatal. Aided by Elmo Crumley, a savvy, street-smart detective, and a reclusive actress of yesteryear with an intense hunger for life, the wordsmith sets out to find the connection between the bizarre events and, in doing so, uncovers the truth about his own creative abilities. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 2/18/2014

    " Bradbury was the author who shaped my mind during my adolescence. Unfortunately, he seems to have swallowed the "I'm so important" pill and it's showing up in his writing. Stick to the old stuff that rings with clarity and that special Bradbury word craft. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Mason | 2/10/2014

    " ray bradbury is an interesting author. With somewhat of a morbid theme to his ideas he sometimes makes me wonder where he is going with one idea. However, by the end I was able to look back and see how most of the pieces fit together. A little more strong language than I normally like, but lots of interesting characters and mystery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joan | 2/3/2014

    " I had to reread Fahrenheit 451 to help my granddaughter write a paper, and I enjoyed it again; so I decided to try this newer Bradbury. Knowing that science fiction, horror, and supernatural are my very least favorite literature genres, I still gave it a shot. I gave up on it after about 4 chapters. All fluff - no substance. There seemed to be no plotline - just a lot of well-written scary language. I couldn't help comparing it to a sermon I heard the day before I tried reading the book. The preacher in question wanted to convey some important lessons, but one had to struggle to stay interested to pick the great truths from the boring presentation. Bradbury was right the opposite, but somehow the same,in this book. The language was enthralling, but one had to work too hard to find an actual story hidden inside the exaggerated prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 1/30/2014

    " I've read this book twice. It is written in a noire style, but with a feel of the fantastical running through it. The main character is a struggling writer (Bradbury himself) who is trying keep his art flowing but is lonely. His girlfriend is an ocean away and he seems so detached from everyone around him. But then a murder mystery unfolds and the writer must solve it. As the novel moves forward you find that Bradbury has many friends, some existing, some new, the relationships brought about through the events in the novel. He also loves each one's uniqueness. The weirder they are the more they are loved because they are themselves. The old, the discarded, the friendless are especially dear to him. They mystery is just the method for us to learn about Bradbury's heart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth Hyland | 1/30/2014

    " Listened to this. didn't love it. Had a hard time finishing it. kind of dark. but again Bradbury paints a wonderful pictures with words. He is a master. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Selby | 1/29/2014

    " A fun little detective story from Ray Bradbury. It is not his best, nor can it compare the the genre fiction it is imitating, like example Raymond Chandler. However, there is some great dialog and interesting characters, altogether 'fun' is the most appropriate description. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendan Howard | 1/20/2014

    " A treat of a murder mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail (42stitches) | 12/12/2013

    " I read this a long time ago, but I think it may be worth a second look... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke Jones | 11/24/2013

    " Bradbury's sort-of biopic of himself in the form of a murder mystery. It's good stuff, and very nostalgic for an earlier age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 10/2/2013

    " This one will stay with you. A move away from sci-fi/fantasy, this suspenseful mystery will be hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil Bassingthwaighte | 6/25/2013

    " I forgot how great Bradbury's writing is. I loved this! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan | 3/29/2013

    " Took me so long to get through this story - never really grabbed me until the last 30-40 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/6/2013

    " Ray Bradbury novels are always disturbing and creepy - and this one did not disappoint. Full of colorful characters and an imaginative story line, this book is a great start to the fall/Halloween season. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Kubasek | 1/13/2013

    " Not Bradbury's finest, but definitely ten steps above most books. A murder mystery, noir type story introducing the characters used in his other books "A Graveyard for Lunatics" and "Let's All Kill Constance." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 4/8/2012

    " This book lowered my spirits greatly. It pressed on my mind and emotional condition imperceptibly. That's why it is dangerous, and that's why I've given it a three. "

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

    " I so enjoyed this wonderful homage to hard-boiled detective stories. It's a grand romp through Venice Beach, California, in 1949. I'm now listening to more of his stories on audible and thoroughly enjoying Bradbury's use of language. They help me with m treadmill resolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/4/2012

    " A hauntingly beautiful mystery by one of the Great Ones. I would recommend that Bradbury fans read it, for the protagonist is a young Bradbury into whom we gain great insight throughout the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thiago | 12/25/2011

    " First half of the book is pretentious. After that Bradbury starts to forget to write "pretty" and it becomes much more enjoyable. Either that or I got used to the descriptive verbal-diarrhea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H | 7/11/2011

    " The plot line is slender as a gossamer thread but his lyrical lines cast a spell that keep you reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margot Jennifer | 6/16/2011

    " Good and creepy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 5/19/2011

    " A writer keeps finding lonely people that have died and searches for the reasons to their loneliness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie dugan | 4/8/2011

    " Ray's murder mystery! Murder with a metaphor "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikita Svetlov | 3/31/2011

    " Some new experience from Maestro "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 3/11/2011

    " This book lowered my spirits greatly. It pressed on my mind and emotional condition imperceptibly. That's why it is dangerous, and that's why I've given it a three. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 1/7/2011

    " Bradbury was the author who shaped my mind during my adolescence. Unfortunately, he seems to have swallowed the "I'm so important" pill and it's showing up in his writing. Stick to the old stuff that rings with clarity and that special Bradbury word craft. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 12/22/2010

    " Detective story is not Bradbury's best theme, but nevertheless I like the strange atmosphere full of memories and details,that brings you in that stagy world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liam/Lew | 12/14/2010

    " Fun noir though the narrator is a bit grating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sadako | 10/5/2009

    " Fantastic, loved it. [My narrator (Michael Pritchard) alongside the author himself] gets my thanks and my congratulation. Wonderfully written, wonderfully (semi) autobiographical, wonderfully achieved: Sweetly strange, humorously creative, wonderfully fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shibbie | 5/26/2009

    " entertaining and always enjoy Bradbury's writing, but it seemed to have less of a great underlying intellectual argument than some of his other works. "

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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

Peter Berkrot, a forty-year veteran of stage and screen, was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning six Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.