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4.00000491327328 out of 54.00000491327328 out of 54.00000491327328 out of 54.00000491327328 out of 54.00000491327328 out of 5 4.00 (67,165 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Like Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man, The Martian Chronicles transcends the genre of science fiction to become a twentieth-century classic.

Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to the red planet and found the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brought with him his oldest fears and his deepest desires. Man conquered Mars—and in that instant, Mars conquered him. The strange new world with its ancient, dying race and vast, red-gold deserts cast a spell on him, settled into his dreams, and changed him forever.

In connected, chronological stories, a true grandmaster enthralls, delights, and challenges us with his vision, starkly and stunningly exposing our strength, our weakness, our folly, and our poignant humanity on a strange and breathtaking world where humanity does not belong.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bradbury is an authentic original.”


  • “No other writer uses language with greater originality and zest. He seems to be an American Dylan Thomas.”

    Sunday Telegraph

  • “Narrator Stephen Hoye brings that fable quality alive with touches of bemusement and irony…Rather than making the tales of Mars seem fantastic, Hoye makes them more poignant or eerie by giving them an everyday quality…Bradbury’s parables hold up well today.”


  • “As with all of Bradbury’s tales, The Martian Chronicles contains its share of humor, terror, heartbreak, and hope, and is written in Bradbury’s beautiful, one-of-a-kind style. It holds a deserved place as science fiction classic, even as it transcends the genre and defies our attempts to categorize it.”


  • “The book achieves greatness through its language and its lyrical beauty. Stephen Hoye has the perfect voice for a work like this, and it is greatly enhanced by his reading.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of Best Genre-Bending Books

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  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 by Bur | 6/22/2016

    " I have always enjoyed the Martian Chronicles. My expectations were not high for this book. I think that is because I have listened to radio dramatizations, which were disappointing. Hearing the stories themselves, rather than a collapse into a set run time is much better. I'm glad to have found this and will replace my dramatizations with this audiobook. It does credit to the stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bryan | 2/11/2014

    " This was a rather dark book about the nature of man and what the author thinks would have happened if humans went to Mars. The idea was very interesting to me, the story telling was sort of fast and choppy. I know that these were separate short stories originally published as newspaper articles (or a magazine) so keep that in mind when you read this. It's not really a novel. But I don't mind reading classic books :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Frank Roberts | 1/15/2014

    " The writing was very evocative, and it was certainly imaginative. But I found it too dated; I don't think it has aged well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aryck | 1/3/2014

    " This book is a true science fiction classic. Bradbury captures readers by the many anecdotal stories within the book. Every chapter reveals something new about the setting, mood, and theme of the book. "

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