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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,132 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781400188192
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The mind of Ray Bradbury is a wonder-filled carnival of delight and terror that stretches from the verdant Irish countryside to the coldest reaches of outer space. Yet all his work is united by one common thread: a vivid and profound understanding of the vast set of emotions that bring strength and mythic resonance to our frail species. Bradbury characters may find themselves anywhere and anywhen. A horrified mother may give birth to a strange blue pyramid. A man may take Abraham Lincoln out of the grave-and meet another who puts him back. An amazing Electrical Grandmother may come to live with a grieving family. An old parrot may have learned over long evenings to imitate the voice of Ernest Hemingway, and become the last link to the last link to the great man. A priest on Mars may confront his fondest dream: to meet the Messiah. Each of these magnificent creations has something to tell us about our own humanity-and all of their fates await you in this collection of twenty-eight classic Bradbury stories and one luscious poem. Travel on an unpredictable and unforgettable literary journey, safe in the hands of the century's great man of imagination. Track List for I Sing the Body Electric!: Disc 1 "The Kilimanjaro Device"-Track 1 "The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place"-Track 9 "Tomorrow's Child"-Track 21 Disc 2 "The Women"-Track 10 "The Inspired Chicken Motel"-Track 17 Disc 3 "Downwind from Gettysburg"-Track 2 "Yes, We'll Gather at the River"-Track 14 "The Cold Wind and the Warm"-Track 21 Disc 4 "Night Call, Collect"-Track 12 "The Haunting of the New"-Track 19 Disc 5 "I Sing the Body Electric!"-Track 12 Disc 6 "The Tombling Day"-Track 12 Disc 7 "Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby's Is a Friend of Mine"-Track 2 Disc 8 "Heavy-Set"-Track 1 "The Man in the Rorschach Shirt"-Track 8 "Henry the Ninth"-Track 18 Disc 9 "The Lost City of Mars"-Track 2 Disc 10 "The Blue Bottle"-Track 5 "One Timeless Spring"-Track 12 "The Parrot Who Met Papa"-Track 18 Disc 11 "The Burning Man"-Track 9 "A Piece of Wood"-Track 15 "The Messiah"-Track 19 Disc 12 "G.B.S.-Mark V"-Track 6 "The Utterly Perfect Murder"-Track 15 "Punishment Without Crime"-Track 21 Disc 13 "Getting Through Sunday Somehow"-Track 4 "Drink Entire: Against the Madness of Crowds"-Track 11 "Christus Apollo"-Track 22 Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irina | 2/13/2014

    " if love is handing us back to ourselves just a little better than we remember, then i am love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Mccoy | 2/13/2014

    " I didn't read much of this, but enough to remember why I don't like short stories. You just can't sink your teeth into them ! Too short, too quickly read, not enough development, etc. so I'm finished. Too many other good books out there and not enough time to read them all !! But, I do like Bradbury and these stories, at least the ones I read, are pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/8/2014

    " Bradbury writes jewels of stories, some of which burnish beautifully with time and mean more to me than when I first read them (the title story is a good example, as is the psychological horror in "Heavy-Set" and the understated hope and tragedy of "The Kilimanjaro Device"). Others I understand better than when I was a teen, but that doesn't necessarily mean they age well ("The Cold Wind and the Warm" and "The Haunting of the New" annoy me more as I get older, even as I understand the implications better). But in general, you can't go wrong with Bradbury's gorgeous prose and lyrical narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Sovereign | 2/6/2014

    " A great collection of stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 1/23/2014

    " Audibook "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Nakagawa | 1/21/2014

    " I haven't read enough books to truly critique this collection. I did want to say, though, that while it didn't turn out to be something that consistently drew me into its words, some of the stories did contain what I would describe as magnificent writing--good for a satisfying suckling from this babe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vania Melamed | 1/20/2014

    " I don't normally read science fiction because it usually sounds too far-fetched to me. But short stories are like little doses of science fiction. It's like Science Fiction Lite, or a Science Fiction Happy Meal. If you like Twilight-Zone-ish or X-Files-ish sci-fi but either hate to read or must force yourself to read science fiction, I recommend this collection. I remember it once took me two summers at Jewish camp to force myself to read Robot Dreams by Isaak Asimov at the strong suggestion of a boy I liked. I can't tell if it's the novel that made me sick or the fact he was obsessed with some skinny 12-year-old who looked like she was 16, but now that I'm safely out of his league I think these step-by-step sci-fi stories will be good training for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles Hellstrom | 1/19/2014

    " This book has a pretty interesting collection of short stories. Some are great and present some really cool ideas and others make you want to rush through and get to the next story. It's worth a read if you like Ray Bradbury. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 1/14/2014

    " Oh, the cruelty of children. This story will make you sad you didn't spend more time with your grandmother, you selfish little runt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 12/23/2013

    " My favorite collection of Bradbury short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/20/2013

    " It's really hard to rate a collection of short stories, but I think my overall impression is an even mix of good and skim-worthy. However, I did walk away with some favorite stories like "The Lost City of Mars" and "I Sing the Body Electric" which I'll probably reread in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randi | 12/20/2013

    " In turns melancholy, darkly funny, and frightening, this collection of short stories was difficult to finish, but only because I didn't want it to end. The final piece, a poem called "Christus Apollo" almost brought tears to my eyes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayleigh | 12/18/2013

    " I'm always looking for a book that will better than "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and I still haven't found it. But I still like you, Mr. Bradbury. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calea | 12/2/2013

    " Aaaand...this is what I've been telling you people about ray bradbury: short stories are where it's at for him, not novels. Holy crap, blows Farenheit 451 outta the freakin water. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 11/29/2013

    " One of my favorite Ray Bradbury collections; haven't read it in years, but enjoyed it when I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rodger | 11/3/2013

    " Pure and classic sci-fi "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Lee | 9/19/2013

    " I knew I would love this book but "I Sing The Body Electric" may have become my favorite Bradbury short story. (And that's including every treasure in "The Illustrated Man"!) The last two stories of the book left me feeling quite disturbed. Sci-fi creep master Ray Bradbury. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 3/4/2012

    " Good but not my favorite Bradbury "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 10/27/2011

    " Listened to "The Haunting of the New", "The Cold Wind and the Warm". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 7/15/2011

    " Strange and moody short-stories that will let you think a little differently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Meger | 5/23/2011

    " So many great stories. Dizzying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raelene | 5/11/2011

    " I Sing the Body Electric was the only story I liked in this collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 5/10/2011

    " This had some incredible stories in it, and some that were not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 4/24/2011

    " As always, I find it hard to give a star rating to a collection of short stories. some were slam-dunk fives, but some were barely threes for me. Bradbury is a master of this format, but not all of them were that interesting to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 4/11/2011

    " Not much else to say but- masterfully done. If you want to be whisked away in 10,000 different directions this is the book for you. You'll laugh at the humor, balk at the seriousness, gasp at the thrills and even furrow your brow a time or two. Unmistakably brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 3/26/2011

    " golden bradbury. i love his ideas so much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wanda | 2/5/2011

    " Same review as for every collection of his short stories: Read it when you are a kid or forget it.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 10/23/2010

    " I'm halfway through and think this is a wonderful wonderful set of stories. I forgot how compelling a storyteller Ray Bradbury is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 7/6/2010

    " Bradbury is a master story teller, and a man with some really interesting ideas. His stories linger in the mind long after they've been read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lord | 6/24/2010

    " Mostly reprints of stuff I'd already read; the stuff I hadn't read wasn't noteworthy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/15/2010

    " All of my reviews for Bradbury probably sound very much alike, but I can't help it if it's consistently awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irina | 4/12/2010

    " if love is handing us back to ourselves just a little better than we remember, then i am love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 2/27/2010

    " a couple of stories were pretty good... the rest: meh "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neven | 2/12/2010

    " Classic Bradbury - funny, frightening, touching, and always sung onto the page with furious poetry. Not quite his best, but better than most everyone else's. "

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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

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.