Download Now and Forever: Somewhere a Band Is Playing & Leviathan '99 Audiobook

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Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9780062640819
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A journalist bearing terrible news leaps from a still-moving train into a small town of wonderful, impossible secrets . . .

The doomed crew of a starship follows their blind, mad captain on a quest into deepest space to joust with destiny, eternity, and God Himself . . .

Now and Forever is a bold new work from an incomparable artist whose stories have reshaped America's literary landscape. Two bewitching novellas—each distinctly different, yet uniquely Bradbury—demonstrate the breathtaking range of his undimmed talent and the irrepressible vitality of the mind, spirit, and heart of America's preeminent storyteller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This slim volume eloquently displays two sides of the venerated Bradbury with two highly contrasting tales of the fantastic. ‘Somewhere a Band Is Playing’framed by engagingly wistful lyric verse, this classically appealing Bradbury fantasy is at distinct odds with the prickly and disturbing ‘Leviathan ’99.’ In this space-faring homage to Melville, the dread comet Leviathan takes the whale’s place, and Queequeg becomes the enigmatic telepath Quell…[and] cogently packs Moby Dick‘s psychological complexity into a quarter of the space…Bradbury’s brief summaries of each novella’s decades-long path to completion invoke the extraordinary length of one of the most distinguished careers in speculative fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Anything new from master fantasist Bradbury’s enchanted pen is cause for celebration. Here are two recently completed novellas that simmered in his imagination for decades…Bradbury’s celebrated literary magic will satisfy newcomers and dedicated fans alike.”


  • “Narrator Paul Hecht sounds like my mind’s eye vision of Ray Bradbury in ‘Somewhere a Band Is Playing.’ He places the time, early twentieth century, perfectly with a tone and intonation that fit the period. The setting is the American Southwest as seen through the eyes of a Chicago journalist. The story is largely a single-person narrative, and Hecht does a creditable job. In the second piece, ‘Leviathan ’99,’ Hecht has more scope for his considerable vocal talents. Between the gravelly voiced blind captain and the fuzzy, green telepathic spider, roommate of the main character, Hecht manages a broad spectrum of differing and sometimes whacky vocal gymnastics. His passion and excellent pacing also improve the work of this master storyteller.”


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About the Author

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 Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000, he was the recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrator

Paul Hecht’s long career in audiobooks spans dozens of titles and authors as varied as Ray Bradbury and Gore Vidal, Jack Finney and Thomas Mann. He has recorded such books as Bob Dole’s One Soldier’s Story and Alexander McCall Smith’s Portuguese Irregular Verbs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances. Hecht’s theater career in New York includes many Broadway and television credits. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations.