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3.83611111111111 out of 53.83611111111111 out of 53.83611111111111 out of 53.83611111111111 out of 53.83611111111111 out of 5 3.84 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781470802325
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On a Halloween night, eight boys are led on an incredible journey into the past by the mysterious “spirit” Moundshroud. Riding a dark autumn wind from ancient Egypt to the land of the Celtic druids, from Mexico to a cathedral in Paris, they will witness the haunting beginnings of the holiday called Halloween.

Ray Bradbury’s evocative prose and imagery will send shivers of delight—and spine-chilling terror—through listeners young and old, long after the last candle has died in your jack-o’-lantern.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is a great treat in Bradbury’s frenetic imagery.”

    New York Times

  • “If you want to know what Halloween is, or if you simply want an eerie adventure, take this mystery-history trip. You couldn’t have a better guide than Ray Bradbury.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Imaginatively cryptic…skillfully presented.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A haunting, unforgettable night of trick-or-treating…Satisfyingly spooky.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • An Audible.com Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 2/19/2014

    " I first read this about 15 years ago and until recently couldn't remember the title or author. The cover is what I recognized and I wanted to re-read it and see if it was as cool as I remembered it being. It is. Bradbury rocks. This is a real tribute to Halloween and to that childhood love and fascination with the holiday. Bradbury's creative weirdness is so fun to read and picture (I can see Tim Burton being quite inspired by this book. . . Edward Gorey too). There were brief moments when my interest began to drift a bit, but the finish is so interesting and cool that it makes up for virtually any lags that came before it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 2/17/2014

    " Great read for Halloween. Can't believe I never read this before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa B. | 2/17/2014

    " I'm only giving this three stars because I read it soooooo long ago. It might deserve more. I don't remember much about this book, except it made me love Halloween even more than I already do--which is a lot. It is spooky but not gory; great for older elementary schoolers and perfect for October. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 2/15/2014

    " A Christmas Carolesque journey in time to the origins of Halloween. Not nearly as satisfying as I'd hoped it to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 2/12/2014

    " I would probably give it 3.5 stars really. Bradbury's poetic prose does a wonderful job of capturing the essense of Halloween. I am not sure it is really a children's book as it was billed on Amazon. However as an adult I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 2/1/2014

    " Shared this with some of my fellow teachers this year. I think I might show the cartoon DVD next year to some of the students. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristen | 1/31/2014

    " I love Bradbury. But this book was a dud in my opinion. Which is probably why I hadn't heard of it before. The writing was too flowery and descriptive for my taste, bordering on boring and unintelligible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Milena | 1/19/2014

    " I love this book, Ray Bradbury is my favorite author! I havn't been reading it that much lately though:) "

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

    " This is one of my favorite books from childhood. I loved the movie the made from this also! =D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crazy Uncle Ryan | 12/22/2013

    " This was a pretty good book. It was a little slow at the beginning but it got better at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 12/16/2013

    " A fun, quick read perfect for October, read aloud around the fire. Probably most entertaining for those aged 11-15 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane Humphrey | 11/15/2013

    " I think I like this one, I have the cover tattooed to my leg. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 11/9/2013

    " Love this book tell you so much about halloween and the day of the dead also all Hallows eve "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tatiana Shein | 9/19/2013

    " The language in this story begs to be read aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 9/15/2013

    " I found this with the adult Ray Bradbury books, but it should have been in the kids section. It could be well enjoyed by approximately 10 year olds, especially boys (there are no girls in the book) and may help them understand some about Halloween and Halloween iconography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Shahan | 9/3/2013

    " it's a kids book. get over it. i read it every halloween. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Hartshorn | 8/16/2013

    " I Love this book! Ray Bradbury is kind of a twisted poet. I read this one and watch the cartoon EVERY halloween. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Weitekamp | 7/16/2013

    " I have to say I'm a much bigger fan of Ray Bradbury's science fiction than of his regular fantasy/fiction, but this book has some interesting turns. I think it would be much more interesting as a children's book and would recommend it to "tweens." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 4/5/2013

    " Read this every October....great for younger readers too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raymond Fundora | 3/25/2013

    " Excellent book! It's the reason I love Halloween so much!!!!! A classic!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 3/18/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story about Halloween and other celebrations for the dead around the world. A story of death and dying and celebrations of ghosts and spirits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 1/16/2013

    " Read it again after many years and thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 8/25/2012

    " This one is meant for a young audience. It's good and fun but not as compelling as much of Bradbury's other work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa A. | 5/5/2012

    " Interesting way of learning about the origins of Halloween without scaring the kids too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 4/20/2012

    " I love this book! The richness of Bradbury's language as he relates a history of Halloween as told by a spirit to a group of boys is magical and enchanting. This is the perfect book to read at Halloween! I'm not sure if he intended it for children or adults, but it can be enjoyed by all. "

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

    " I love Bradbury. But this book was a dud in my opinion. Which is probably why I hadn't heard of it before. The writing was too flowery and descriptive for my taste, bordering on boring and unintelligible. "

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

    " Again I am in need for 1,5 stars. Not that I have anything against Bradbury, but I was bored by this. Maybe it works for younger readers, but I was expecting a bit more creepiness and less education. Also, he reused the mummies in Mexico :-) Have read about them in a short story before. "

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

    " I like the idea of this book but the writing style wasn't for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 10/25/2011

    " It was fun to hear some of the history of Halloween through the adventures of a group of boys. Reminded me of my boyhood tradition of eating chili at the Wertz before going trick or treating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shayla | 10/22/2011

    " Fascinating, haunting, and incredibly sad, but moving, I adore Ray Bradbury's voice, his prose reads like a fine wine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendal | 10/15/2011

    " beautifully written. It is a brilliant spooky tale. Like caramel apples for the imagination... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 10/11/2011

    " Amazing book, as a kid I would read it every year. The prose is some of the most beautiful I've ever read, and this new narration from Bronson Pinchot is pitch perfect. A joy to listen to. I might just have to return to it again next year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 10/9/2011

    " Amazingly pointless! But I love it! "

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

    " Un. Real. Gave it a 4 star (really wish I could do 4 1/2), only because it's not as tight as Something Wicked This Way Comes or The October Country, but still...doesn't matter. Bradbury = wordART. Period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/4/2011

    " One of my favourites. I try to read it every October. "

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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

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.