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3.91034482758621 out of 53.91034482758621 out of 53.91034482758621 out of 53.91034482758621 out of 53.91034482758621 out of 5 3.91 (87 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400188185
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The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliant…Startling and ingenious…Mr. Bradbury’s account of this insane world, which bears many alarming resemblances to our own, is fascinating.”

    New York Times

  • Stephen Hoye's narration is perfectly matched to the subject matter: his tone is low and ominous, and his cadence shifts with the prose to ratchet up tension and suspense. Publishers Weekly Starred Audio Review
  • “A masterpiece…A glorious American classic everyone should read: It’s life-changing if you read it as a teen, and still stunning when you reread it as an adult.”

    Boston Globe

  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Classics

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S. Carpenter | 12/20/2016

    " Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, though written in 1953 is a compelling story of the American experience similar to current events. We don't "burn books" but something similar is happening. The story's main character, Montag, is a 30 year old fireman - though that is different than what one would think - in the prime of his life - yet he doesn't know it at first - who meets an unusual person who changes his perceptions just enough he begins to question the world he lives in for the first time, perhaps in his life. After a series of shocks, Montag makes the ultimate sacrifice for something he barely has words to describe. Then he finds some people, rather special people, who have the words he's looking for and who help him understand more fully. Excellent short fiction, almost a poem in prose form. Highly recommend, and readable I would think from age 13 or so and up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cody | 2/16/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kartik Garg | 2/10/2014

    " In Fahrenheit 451, humanity embraces a world without ponderous and innovative ideas, as they instead tend to focus on materialistic objects and themselves. This creates a society where the mind is lacking of imagination and information, as the Television plays a major role restricting man's thought processes. As for the future, nothing can be foretold or fully prevented, but after reading Bradbury's novel, one can easily perceive a lifestyle where the media, television, and movies replace the beauty of the knowledge of books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Ann | 2/10/2014

    " I loved the morals this book taught at the end of the book. I felt like I wanted to leave my handprint in the world for good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie Jean | 2/7/2014

    " ..what just happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 2/3/2014

    " I hated reading this book back in grade school, it was boring but I do like the concept of it. "

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

    " I honestly did not enjoy this book at all. I have read many reviews about this book and found out that some people really liked it and some people really did not like it. I was the one who hated this book. This book was boring beyond what I expected a boring book to be like. The plot of this book was creative but it seemed a bit too cliche. This book was written many years ago and Ray Bradbury was predicting the future of how people would stop reading books. In this book, firemen burnt books that were found in the town. Others might find this book not very cliche but the fact that the author wrote about the future of how people would stop reading books was something that I think is very cliche. I would not recommend this book to anybody. However, if you want to figure out whether you like this book or not, just like I did. This book was one of the books that took very long for me to finish. It was a very slow read and I really did not want to finish this book. After I stopped reading the book once, I honestly did not want to pick up this book again to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Valluzzi | 1/31/2014

    " The harrowing, sometimes exceedingly obvious story about a book burning society in the near future. Bradbury is perhaps my favorite author, but F:451 is, I think, one of his more simplistic and weaker works. It doesn't carry the same haunting nostalgia as his better works, including his short stories, and for that I believe the world that exists here is not nearly as influential or memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Onpointak | 1/28/2014

    " One of my all time favorites, will stand the test of time, and hopefully never become reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luana | 1/26/2014

    " This playscript version is even better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rahul | 1/25/2014

    " Meant to read it for a while. I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aviline | 1/22/2014

    " Confusing. Interesting. Amazing. All words that can describe this book. Amazing in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Da Gus | 1/21/2014

    " This book gave me some insight on the possible future of humanity and some important factors include: absolute control, uniformity, and suppression of the arts. The absolute control was seen when nobody tried to disobey, except a select few. Having little dissenters shows that an absolute control existed. Uniformity was seen in that almost everybody watches TV religiously. This constant act creates uniformity by not letting people do other things. Lastly, the arts are suppressed by the fireman burning books. not having books or other written material really dashes all aspects of the arts. Overall, this book was important to my understanding of the future of humanity because it showed me control, uniformity, and suppression of the arts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/20/2014

    " Packed with so many good ideas. I'll read, re-read and study it in the years to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lilly Russell | 1/19/2014

    " This book would possibly be 5 stars if I were a big fan of science fiction type stories, but I'm not. The story and message of Fahrenheit 451 are phenomenal. Not going to lie, I got aggravated at many points with too much detail into some things that were not necessary. It made me want to discontinue reading. Besides that, I think the writing in this book is possibly the best out of all I've read. Genius, actually. The writing flowed flawlessly and in all the right places. The world in which they live in with mindless people intrigued my interest and left me with a lot of positive thoughts. The best part was that, unlike most books, I was thoroughly pleased with the ending and was given enough closure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Hubbard | 1/17/2014

    " Sadly true statement about society trying to censor thinking. Loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 1/16/2014

    " Even though this book was very depressing with the book burnings, there were slightly more good moments than bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 1/15/2014

    " Liked this book. Very basic writing style,but great thinking book. Was part of a reading incentive at our library and I am glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Matsuoka | 1/13/2014

    " More dystopian goodness. Makes you rethink the value of the written word and free thinking, especially in a censorship-happy society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Estrella | 1/12/2014

    " Que los libros sean un peligro es un gran argumento muy divertido "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody Sciarratta | 1/12/2014

    " I love Bradbury but this isn't one of my favs. Of course, I love the discourse on books and their importance to a society but I like his more overtly science fiction-y tales. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 pjreads ♫ | 1/4/2014

    " "It was a pleasure to burn." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naterpotaters | 12/12/2013

    " srsly it's not censorship! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy O'doherty | 12/10/2013

    " One of my all-time favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akearney | 12/9/2013

    " Just re-read for Toronto One Book. I think I appreciate it more now. Still prefer his short stories, some of which are like Edward Hopper paintings come to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 10/24/2013

    " A great book! Picked it up on the off chance I would like it and I did! Hard to believe it was written over 60 years ago and so many of the concepts apply in a way to our society today! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali Jhimi | 7/22/2013

    " on the top list of Sci/Fi books! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rei-En | 7/19/2013

    " I didn't like this at all! While the premise was interesting, there's something about his writing style that just turns me off entirely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Morse | 3/16/2013

    " One of my favorites. A sad tale of what sensors hip can do to society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 1/22/2013

    " I would not say it's the best dystopian I've read, but definitely the most actual for today, although written 60 years ago. Very clear images of modern mass "culture", with all new developments and trends... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgana | 12/29/2012

    " I tend not to care for dystopian fiction much at all, but it was quick and engaging. Would be good for discussion, but it's a bit too 'idea-first.' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki Adebiyi | 11/23/2012

    " It dragged on a bit at first, then it got really interesting. Overall, a great read with some very thought-provoking material. There are some quotable lines in here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katrina Thompson | 10/27/2012

    " didn't love this book it just didn't catch my attention and was a little boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 7/4/2012

    " Loved the authors writing style. The smells and scenery truly unfolded as he told the story. I must sy the story was very eerie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronald Edward | 5/12/2012

    " One of the best books I ever read in High school. Begun my questioning of everything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tobye | 2/22/2012

    " This classic has a powerful message, but an even more powerful hope. That no matter how strict censors become, no matter how complacent our society may become, eventually- with great passion, people will rise to assert their rights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kae Bingham | 12/9/2011

    " I especially liked the two possible endings "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Augusta | 10/26/2011

    " A harsh portrayal of a world without knowledge matched with beautiful prose and a captivating story. Fahrenheit 451 is a masterpiece, and one of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie Etienne | 10/8/2011

    " Mind blowing, makes you question today's society's culture. A dystopia disguised as a utopia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachary Armstrong | 10/6/2011

    " A literary masterwork, plain and simple. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Etzler | 7/3/2011

    " I read this while in school and am amazed at how differently I view this now. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aj Swaim | 6/11/2011

    " This book is the worst thing I have ever read. If you think this is a book worth reading, go to your kitchen and stick your head in the oven. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 6/9/2011

    " I love this book! If Mr. Bradbury could see the world now. He wasn't far off... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 5/23/2011

    " well i just started reading this book not to long ago well im still trying to figure out what this book is about i like this book in away. but i do reccomend this book because its not a bad book its a really descent book to read i think people should read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/23/2011

    " Actually liked it. Just not that "fun" of a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/22/2011

    " A bleak commentary on society - what we could become, the role books play in maintaining a certain way of life. But there is hope in those of us who read the books because even if we read it only once, we have the memory that can sustain us all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edy | 5/20/2011

    " This was on of my first tastes of Bradbury. Literature has played such an important part in my life that I can't imagine life without something to read. Bradbury's provocative novel leaves plenty of room for reflection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyubov | 5/20/2011

    " One of my favorite novels of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 5/20/2011

    " Decent book, I wasnt too impressed but it was good. I absolulty hated the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 5/19/2011

    " Read it in 6th grade. And thus the radical in me was born. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelle | 5/19/2011

    " I found this to be very thought provoking, loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Speedy | 5/19/2011

    " Sobrevalorado. Bradbury no enciende con su prosa y su distopía es, incluso, inocentona. No hay garra, no hay interés. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 5/17/2011

    " This book was so good, that I chose the book for my two years working as an SLA at the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathasaigh | 5/17/2011

    " If I could rate this any higher, I definitely would. This novel was very formative for me, and has greatly influenced my continued quest for knowledge. Ten out of ten for style and plus several billion for good thinking!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/17/2011

    " A good story with a powerful message, but not a great book. Far from Ray Bradbury's best book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/17/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. But then I like books that deal with extreme representations of what could possible happen to society. Other books of this type that I enjoyed are The road, Brave New World, to name only a couple. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 5/17/2011

    " I wanted to throw this book across the room, but I loved it at the same time. Definitely a must read for book lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 5/15/2011

    " Some science fiction of this age, tend to be outdated. This has really held up to the test of time. Read it with my son for his 10th grade english class. Lots to digest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 5/15/2011

    " one of my very favorite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 5/14/2011

    " i liked it.. i thought it was fascinating.. how fire fighters don't put out..but instead put on fires in this futuristic place.. i was intrigued with the girl in the story.. & his wife.. & the huge wall T.V'S.. i was fascinated.. most of my friends didn't think it was that great though. "

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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.