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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:
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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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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