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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (51,050 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400188260
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Ray Bradbury brings wonders alive. A peerless American storyteller, his oeuvre has been celebrated for decades-from the Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 to Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comes. The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury-a collection of tales that breathe and move, animated by sharp, intaken breath and flexing muscle. Here are eighteen startling visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body. The images, ideas, sounds, and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful: the mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into a vast, empty space of stars and blackness; the sight of grey dust settling over a forgotten outpost on a road that leads nowhere; the pungent odor of Jupiter on a returning father's clothing. Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth, widely believed to be one of the grandmaster's premier accomplishments: as exhilarating as interplanetary travel, as maddening as a walk in a million-year rain, and as comforting as simple, familiar rituals on the last night of the world. The stories contained in The Illustrated Man are "Prologue: The Illustrated Man," "The Veldt," "Kaleidoscope," "The Other Foot," "The Highway," "The Man," "The Long Rain," "The Rocket Man," "The Last Night of the World," "The Exiles," "No Particular Night or Morning," "The Fox and the Forest," "The Visitor," "The Concrete Mixer," "Marionettes, Inc. ," "The City," "Zero Hour," "The Rocket," and "The Illustrated Man." 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 Talkingleaf99 | 2/19/2014

    " I remember reading this in high school and i remember loving it so much. Will definately be a re-read in the future "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Avery | 2/18/2014

    " Bradbury's stories can be provocative at times and touching at others, but many of them rehash the same concepts he seems hell-bent on pursuing, and show an extreme lack of vision and foresight. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Loran | 2/15/2014

    " Decided to revisit this one on audio. It was one of my favorites back in the 60's. It's funny how even science fiction can be "dated" but still it has universal themes that continue to resonate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Fitzgerald | 2/10/2014

    " One of my all time faves! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lincoln | 2/5/2014

    " very very good short stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LJ Goettsch | 2/1/2014

    " This was my 3rd Bradbury book (I've read Fahrenheit 451 and dandelion wine) and I loved it. The short story format was nice because I could get through each story quickly and have a nice stopping place. Bradbury proves he's adept with the shorter form and it was a nice change. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 1/25/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book immensely. Ray Bradbury is a fantastic author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John E. Branch Jr. | 1/24/2014

    " Read it in the 60s. Sadly, I remember little of it now, except for "The Veldt," about which I'll say only that it illustrates why you shouldn't always let children have their way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/20/2014

    " An old favorite that I listened to recently. Good production of the stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Piechocinski | 1/20/2014

    " The Sci-Fi is a little dated, but some really classic stories ... reminded me of episodes of the Twilight Zone. It's amazing what people can say about religion, race, politics in 5 pages. "

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

    " I'm not a big sci-fi fan, but you don't have to be to love Bradbury. This remains my favorite collection of short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Ricker | 1/4/2014

    " Bradbury feels so familiar. Even when I know I haven't read a particular story, it feels like I have, only so long ago that I dont' remember anything about it except the feel of it. I think it's because he describes the things that a lot of people feel but could never ever put into words, so his words feel homey and comfortable because they're like your own, only more beautiful than your own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shmrie | 1/1/2014

    " Bradbury at his best "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 12/29/2013

    " This book of short stories got me started on sci fi. Classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David L. | 12/28/2013

    " Finger-lickin' good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karly | 12/27/2013

    " Again this is another collection of short stories from Bradbury which fit into a larger novel. Many of these shorts appear in his other collections, all of them good. And of course there is always the secret ... the secret of the Illustrated Man, who appears as a character in a couple of his other novels/stories as a symbol of the embodiment of human dreams, desires, secrets and fears. Learn his secret only at the end of this book, though (no skipping, you'll ruin it.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Miller | 12/19/2013

    " Awesome collection "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenifer | 11/30/2013

    " One of my favorite collections. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/11/2013

    " What a strange book. A series of short stories told by the tattoos on a man's back... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy Curlin | 11/10/2013

    " One of Bradbury's great short story collections, although the material is a bit dated the craft is timeless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzan | 10/26/2013

    " I read this as a teen and picked it up again for a story telling class I took at Northwestern. His innovated & conceptional thinking was far advanced for his time in this suspenceful well crafted book of short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Melbie | 10/10/2013

    " King of the short story format. Nobody beats Bradbury. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chanel Earl | 8/2/2013

    " Some of the stories in this book haunt me still. They are well written; but best of all, they are well thought-out and make me think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/17/2013

    " An interesting read. I'm not sure what to say about it, but I loved the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 5/24/2013

    " Very thought provoking and chilling stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dragynlady | 4/10/2013

    " Great stories, wonderful and fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maynalg | 3/21/2013

    " this is my all-time favorite sci-fi book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie | 1/6/2013

    " Some of the stories were extremely thought provoking. Many, however, were simply a fascination with the future and space. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 10/21/2012

    " Some of these stories develop slowly but they will expand your mind. Bradbury takes you places you'd otherwise never go. "

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

    " The concept of this is interesting, and the ending is brilliant. Love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aisling | 3/10/2012

    " A collection of short stories that I could not stop reading. Bradbury's imagination was endless. The stories are about a man with illustrations all over his body that come to life. Each story is of a different illustration. Fun to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larina | 1/2/2012

    " This sci-fi collection of short stories is really fun to read. Some of the stories are pretty bizarre and I like that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/1/2012

    " I thought that many of the stories in this book were rather misogynist, featuring man-eating sex pots as the main female characters. I enjoyed the stories that seemed less misogynist, although many seemed quite quaint as far as the science goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Morrell | 11/13/2011

    " The more I read his stuff, the more I love Ray Bradbury. A group of short stories with the unifying idea that they are tattoos on the illustrated man that move, shift and tell the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.C. | 10/24/2011

    " I this is a great collection of stories. If you like semi-realistic science fiction, you should check it out. Science fiction is not my favorite genre but I really enjoyed how these stories tied together with the same themes even though they are not related in any way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roslynn | 10/4/2011

    " My mind kept wandering a bit. I'm sure it was my mind and not the book. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brady Sanders | 9/11/2011

    " I've lost my imagination by growing older, but this was my imagination when I was younger. I would like to go back and read it again one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KP | 8/17/2011

    " Space is in all of these...just not really my thing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremiah Depta | 7/28/2011

    " Some of these short stories were okay. I will not go so far as to say that Bradbury recovered any of my respect after the Martian Chronicles, but I will say that reading this did not give me a hemorrhage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louie Ballard | 6/24/2011

    " This is a different copy mine was longer than 186 pg. I liked it because it was not a normal writing stile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dieter | 6/21/2011

    " Reread these fabulous stories by the Grand Master of SF-Short Stories (besides PKD), enchanted again... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 5/21/2011

    " Perfect read for the rapture.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haley | 5/9/2011

    " Fanastic, dark, filled with horror and aliens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frankie | 5/6/2011

    " Ray Bradbury!
    Amazing metaphors and relevance to society, the human character, and the devastation that is likely to come to our planet. Read and consider. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 5/2/2011

    " Ray Bradbury is one of the world's great story-tellers, and this is one of his best works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 5/1/2011

    " This was classic story telling, nothing superfluous. It was certainly interesting to see what the science fiction writers of 60 years ago thought about space travel and aliens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriel | 4/23/2011

    " Bradbury’s writing is entrancing, ensnaring, enigmatic, and exceptional. The Illustrated Man is so full of weirdness and beauty... possibly his best work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 4/2/2011

    " One of my favorite books to teach! So many issues were brought up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 3/25/2011

    " I read this book because my book club chose to read it, but I did not like most of the short stories in this collection. It gets two stars because I liked a couple of the stories, otherwise it would have gotten one. "

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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

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.