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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (25,525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury, a collection of eighteen startling visions of humankind’s destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooists 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 space of stars and blackness, the sight of gray 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.

This 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. 

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  • “Bradbury is the master of the short story and you won't be disappointed by any of these eighteen gems….Like a stereo buff discovering an old garage full of top-of-the-line vacuum tube amplifiers, it may not be how up-to-date the technology is but the richness of the result which defines the experience. Didn't William Gibson get hailed as the modernized, high-tech Bradbury when his first short stories came out? Think of Bradbury as a retro-Gibson. His work can be just as hard-hitting and you'll even find it prophetic on occasion.”

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  • “Paul Michael Garcia has a knack for portraying unconventional characters listeners can relate to. In this classic story collection he creates an impressive range of vocal tones for characters as varied as frightened space travelers and bickering upper-middle-class spouses who are trying to wrest control from a fully automated household. Known for achieving both critical and public acclaim, these eighteen Bradbury classics are a must for any audio library.”

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  • “A must for sci-fi fans!”

    School Library Journal

  • “Here is an open circuit on ideas, which range from religion, to racial questions, to the atom bomb, rocket travel (of course), literature, escape to the past, dreams and hypnotism, children and their selfish and impersonal acceptance of immediate concepts, robots...A book which is not limited by its special field.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

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

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

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