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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,026 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: John Glover Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN:
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Ray Bradbury takes the listener to a most wondrous and unexpected destination: the heart of the Eternal Family.

A gala homecoming will reunite this odd and remarkable family: Father, arisen from the Earth; Mother, who never sleeps but dreams; Cecy, the fairest and most special daughter; and Timothy, the sad foundling son who must share it all.

Always ambitious, From the Dust Returned is the long awaited novel by peerless storyteller Ray Bradbury, an audiobook that sears with image and a quiet poetry that will surely be numbered among his most enduring masterworks.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tarl | 2/20/2014

    " Now, I have a facination with 'Monster Families' to begin with, so when I had read one of the stories from this collection by itself, I was immediatly curious as to the nature of the tale. So I tracked it down and came across this book. Those who are not used to the sometimes lyrical writing nature of Bradbury may not enjoy this collection. It goes from the beginning of the existance of the house, to the end when it gets swept away due to the changing nature of the world. All in all, I found it to be an enjoyable read, and one that I managed to get done in a fairly quick amount of time. It never disapointed me, though as far as a lot of the tension in the stories went, I found that it was never too intense, but rather, more of a gentle read for nights where you were curled up on your couch with a glass of whine and perhaps some cheese. This book was a pleasure to read, and to me shows that Bradbury is truly one of the best writers of our time. I will definatly be reading this book again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake Adamson | 1/30/2014

    " If you've seen my other reviews (in all their conciseness), you'll know that i tend to lavish praise on almost all of my literary conquests. this is one of several instances where lavish praise is in fact due. much like "Something Wicked This Way Comes", Bradbury's prose has the vague, dreamy quality of an elderly master story-teller who sits in front of his campfire, with phrases and parables that crawl into the bottom back of your brain and lodge themselves there, much like Cecy Elliot from this book would do if she were real. and whatsmore, this book is slightly autobiographical, since Bradbury states that the characters are based on some of his real family members (I guess that makes little Timothy the historian little Ray). and its sad, i think that now Bradbury himself has returned to the dust, but these tales will live on, bat wings, mists, papyrus, and all. and i think its time you, the reader of this review, owed it to Ray Bradbury to read this book five decades in the making. and it will enchant you from your attic place to the dust from whence you came. "

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

    " I think I absolutely adore this book now. :) It was cute and whimsical, and just great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitchell Broesder | 1/28/2014

    " This is easily one of my favorite novels, it made me decide to be a monster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela Grant | 1/23/2014

    " This book was beautifully written. Very visual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanvir Muntasim | 1/4/2014

    " A loosely connected series of stories about a family with 'supernatural' members living in and visiting a house. Benefits immensely from Bradbury's poetic language to transcend it beyond being just a ghost/horror story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gary | 1/2/2014

    " Ray Bradbury is a beautiful writer, with a mastery of language and poetic phrase-turning. I found this one, however to be long on these elements and somewhat lacking in plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 12/8/2013

    " This was a strange book. I enjoyed it but it took a little while to figure out what was going on. I wound up enjoying it even though it is quirky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sergey | 12/3/2013

    " What a strange tale! A perfect fit for Halloween, but not really my cup of tea. Best suited, I think, to be read aloud in a group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darius | 11/28/2013

    " At the fifth chapter... Wow! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 happydog | 11/20/2013

    " Not my favorite Ray Bradbury- but I have kept it on my shelf because I love the Charles Adam's dust jacket and illustrations inside! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mina | 6/19/2013

    " It'd get 3 stars if it weren't perfect Halloween reading (I love autumn, and also love creepy, non-slutty Halloween). General ambiance and lyricism of the tale make up for disjointed, sometimes plot-less narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julio Espin | 6/17/2013

    " Such a distinct and beautifully written novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley Taylor | 6/9/2013

    " I really liked the premise of the story, but he really overdescribed things with such over the top and flowery words. A spade is a spade is a spade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 7/5/2012

    " A collection of wierd short tales involving a house and a mummy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Korynn | 9/22/2011

    " Essentially it reads as a fairytale told about the Addams Family. But some reason it lacks the charm of fairytales or myths. It's a very skeletal book in which everything is told as narration but the beautiful language is sleep-inducing. My pardons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 8/8/2011

    " Unfortunately, I think I just wasn't in the right mood when I had the chance to read this book! Mostly character sketches, loosely tied together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roy Hudson | 6/22/2011

    " Working on a reread, but I love this book. Bradbury's October stories have always been my favorites, and I rank this novel about an Addams-type family just behind Something Wicked This Way Comes as my favorite by Bradbury. I couldn't possibly recommend it enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pylades | 5/21/2011

    " Unusual stories about a supernatural family and the human child that lives with them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 5/8/2011

    " Unfortunately, I think I just wasn't in the right mood when I had the chance to read this book! Mostly character sketches, loosely tied together. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Justin | 4/2/2011

    " Couldn't get into it. 57 pages, 9 chapters in and had no clue what was going on. Plot was not coming together and it was very hard to follow from the beginning. Confusing and I felt I was reading just to get threw waiting for something to tie everything together.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darius | 3/8/2011

    " At the fifth chapter... Wow! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 12/22/2010

    " One of the best tales and mystic novels I've read. It makes you feel every line of the book, the language and metaphors are perfect. It leaves the mysterious weightless feeling of the other world's presence in our life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 11/29/2010

    " It's a book about spirits, ghosts, nebulous and barely existing creatures, and their love, loss, identity, family. And it's actually rather sweet, and gentle. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lou | 10/27/2010

    " Great Later Bradbury. A return to the Family and a perfect tale for Halloween. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tenaya | 10/5/2010

    " Bradbury's short stories are much better than his full length novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 9/20/2010

    " I know this is more or less a fix-up novel, but I find it impossible to be objective where Bradbury is concerned. If you like Bradbury, you'll like this. If you don't, this won't change your mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 apple | 9/18/2010

    " Ray Bradbury's word is worth a thousand pictures. I found myself crying at the most unlikely and unexpected moment in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 9/4/2010

    " Confusing at times, but filled with beautiful prose. "

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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

John Glover, most famous for his roles as villainous characters on television and in films, has performed many times on stage, winning a Tony Award for his role in Love! Valour! Compassion! He also appeared in the film version.