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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (986 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400188208
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In twenty-two stories of amazing range and variety, Ray Bradbury once again works his special magic, sounding out life’s mysteries in the past, present, and future.

Two drifters caught in the backwash of space wander from city to dead city, sifting the rubble for the fabled Blue Bottle of Mars—and find in it two different, equally entrancing dooms.

A young boy in Green Town, Illinois, does not marry—yet marries—his beloved eighth-grade teacher.

In the hell of a Manhattan July night, Will Morgan is offered a possibly Mephistophelean proposal by which he might gain a perfect love and a magical immunity.

A jealous husband who orders an exact replica of his unfaithful wife from an android manufacturing company (purpose: murder) runs afoul of the compassionate new “live robot” law.

At forty-eight, seized with an overwhelming desire to settle an old score, a man journeys back into the past under the spell of his “utterly perfect, incredibly delightful idea,” only to recoil in stunned disbelief when he confronts, at last, his former tormentor.

Bradbury’s imaginative field is boundless. In this book, his stories carry us from the cozy familiarity of the small-town America we lived in in Dandelion Wine to the frozen desert and double moon that have been part of our interior landscape since The Martian Chronicles. His characters range from the “ordinary”—a rookie cop, an unhappy wife on vacation in Mexico, and an old parish priest hearing confession—to the quite extraordinary: the parrot to whom Ernest Hemingway confided the plot of his last, greatest, never-put-down-on-paper novel, and a woman who, in New York City in the summer of 1974, hangs out a sign reading “Melissa Toad, Witch.”

Fantastic or conventional, chillingly suspenseful or hauntingly nostalgic, each of these stories has that aura of the unexpected combined with the special ring of absolute rightness that is brilliantly, uniquely Bradbury.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Shahan | 2/12/2014

    " i read this a long time ago. need to get re-acquainted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 1/29/2014

    " "The October Game" makes for excellent story-telling with older teens and adults. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/26/2014

    " Ray Bradbury published over 500 short stories. And they're all great. I love you, Ray Bradbury. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Breena | 1/23/2014

    " Most of the short stores I enjoyed. The Perfect Murder is really thought provoking. Can you imagine a world where you could murder a robot who is a replica of the person you hate? The emotions described are very good. Some of the stories I wanted more and some didn't strike my fancy as much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Brower | 1/20/2014

    " This book is what made me love Ray Bradbury. The Blue Bottle is one of the most brilliant stories ever written. The 2 geniuses of the century...Rod Serling and Ray Bradbury. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aric | 1/18/2014

    " My idiosyncratic favorite Bradbury collection. I don't have to justify it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damon | 12/5/2013

    " Read the words off this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Lewis | 11/20/2013

    " The audio book was a little hard to transition between stories, but otherwise a good classic Ray Bradbury book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 11/19/2013

    " I really liked this collection of short stories. Ray Bradbury was way ahead of his time! I enjoyed the variety of subject matter he covers. There were only a couple "sci-fi" stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elanor | 9/21/2013

    " Some stories were creepy -- others not so much. I liked reading more about Mars, especially after reading The Martian Chronicles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bracken | 8/5/2013

    " Good, typical collection of Bradbury short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah Pommer | 7/24/2013

    " I read this book before - sometime in the 1980's and the stories were as delightful as when I first read them. My very favorite was the "The Burning Man". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgene | 12/4/2012

    " A good mix of science fiction and regular fiction short stories as written by a master author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 11/30/2012

    " More short stories. Some of these have horrific elements but they aren't quite horror, fantasy or SF. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deni Johansson | 6/7/2012

    " This has so many wonderful stoires in it, but that is Bradbury. His images come alive in your mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucas | 5/5/2012

    " Has my absolute favorite piece of Bradbury, Drink Entire: Against the Madness of the Crowds, chokes me up every time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 12/18/2011

    " Great collection. Though some drag, others like Darling Adolf, The October Game, and The Parrot who met Pa Pa makes it a great set. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Meger | 11/1/2011

    " This is the first book of R-Brad's I ever read. Probably too early, but the actual story "Long After Midnight" in this collection is magical and weird and so real. It's like Ray-Ray was a completely different storyteller for a moment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 12/6/2010

    " Ray Bradbury published over 500 short stories. And they're all great. I love you, Ray Bradbury. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 3/11/2010

    " Un paio di racconti sono davvero belli (Gioco d'ottobre, La bottiglia azzurra), però li ho trovati spesso troppo brevi: finiscono quando la storia diventa interessante. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 3/10/2010

    " i read this a long time ago. need to get re-acquainted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renfrew | 9/2/2009

    " "The October Game" makes for excellent story-telling with older teens and adults. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 6/16/2009

    " This book is what made me love Ray Bradbury. The Blue Bottle is one of the most brilliant stories ever written. The 2 geniuses of the century...Rod Serling and Ray Bradbury. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elanor | 5/24/2009

    " Some stories were creepy -- others not so much. I liked reading more about Mars, especially after reading The Martian Chronicles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deni | 8/20/2008

    " This has so many wonderful stoires in it, but that is Bradbury. His images come alive in your mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 7/17/2008

    " More short stories. Some of these have horrific elements but they aren't quite horror, fantasy or SF. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/9/2008

    " This is the first book of R-Brad's I ever read. Probably too early, but the actual story "Long After Midnight" in this collection is magical and weird and so real. It's like Ray-Ray was a completely different storyteller for a moment. "

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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

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.