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4.00000744535112 out of 54.00000744535112 out of 54.00000744535112 out of 54.00000744535112 out of 54.00000744535112 out of 5 4.00 (134,312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Bradbury Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781400188246
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Ray Bradbury is a storyteller without peer, a poet of the possible, and, indisputably, one of America's most beloved authors. In a much-celebrated literary career that has spanned six decades, he has produced an astonishing body of work: unforgettable novels, essays, theatrical works, screenplays and teleplays, and numerous superb short story collections. But of all the dazzling stars in the vast Bradbury universe, none shines more luminously than these masterful chronicles of Earth's settlement of the fourth world from the sun. Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor-of crystal pillars and fossil seas-where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn-first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars...and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race. Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles is a classic work of twentieth-century literature whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage. In connected, chronological stories, a true grandmaster once again enthralls, delights, and challenges us with his vision and his heart-starkly and stunningly exposing in brilliant spacelight our strength, our weakness, our folly, and our poignant humanity on a strange and breathtaking world where humanity does not belong. The twenty-seven stories contained in The Martian Chronicles are "Rocket Summer," "Ylla," "The Summer Night," "The Earth Men," "The Taxpayer," "The Third Expedition," "-And the Moon Be Still as Bright," "The Settlers," "The Green Morning," "The Locusts," "Night Meeting," "The Shore," "The Fire Balloons," "Interim," "The Musicians," "The Wilderness," "The Naming of Names," "Usher II," "The Old Ones," "The Martian," "The Luggage Store," "The Off Season," "The Watchers," "The Silent Towns," "The Long Years," "There Will Come Soft Rains," and "The Million-Year Picnic." 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 S. S. Carpenter | 1/4/2017

    " Bradbury is known for his poetic prose, and this collection of stories is like a poetry book with both an intriguing storyline and rare gems of insight reaching outside of America's xenophobia. Truly an original. Mythology wrapped inside science fiction- it "miss-fits" exact definition, labels and other measurements usually relied on by critics. This is an experience. "It is good to renew one's wonder. Space travel has, once again, made children of us all." "

  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/20/2014

    " Had to reread yet again. I love the themes. "

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

    " Having read this over a dozen years ago while in high school,I am hesitant to give it more than 3 stars. A reread may be in order. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilrie | 2/12/2014

    " I read this book almost 33 years ago when my imagination was at its peak; during a time when it didn't matter how outlandish my dreams were or were destined to become. This book prepared my thoughts for the prospect of Mars and its many probable challenges which included an imaginative encounter with new life forms. Looking back, I now realize that the new life form wasn't to be encountered on Mars; it's was to be encountered here on Earth. My meaning is captured within the concept of 'Cogito ergo sum.' To venture to Mars, we would have to mature our thinking, hone our cooperative nature, advance our math and science, improve our tools, and dream bigger. All these accomplishments morphed us into something greater; a life form that is far less hoof to mouth, far less reactionary, far less selfish and far less impulsive. We have morphed to fit the design of the task and should we hold this form long enough than I believe it will become our new first nature. Thus making us a new life form among the old; more fit for the challenges of our combined future. My imagination may have peaked 33 years ago but it has not decayed an iota. “We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.” -Ray Bradbury "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian Moran | 2/9/2014

    " I just finished re-reading The Martian Chronicles, which I had originally read over 25 years ago. It has a dark poetry and rather brilliantly grim perspective on humanity that I did remember and still appreciate. What jumped out at me this reading was how sexist it is. I know in that way it's a product of its time, but wow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simón Arévalo | 2/9/2014

    " uh . _ . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wes Hartman | 2/8/2014

    " One of my favorite Bradberry novels. Excellent speculative fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 dkoemans | 2/4/2014

    " where to start? a few of the stories were great, fall of the house of usher was particularly notable as was the one with the alien doppelganger, reminded me of a good twilight zone episode. The rest was pure camp even when considering the era it was written in. The over the top male characterizations and the subservient and sometimes wanton females reminded me of bad loonie toons cartoons. All that aside its greatest flaw was that it was boring. It was thinly veiled social commentary that just didn't hold up for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 djcb | 2/1/2014

    " Great book! Loosely-connected short stories about the colonization of Mars -- or actually really about humans, exploration, dealing with different cultures. A real classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 1/27/2014

    " It's a pity that a man with enough imagination to create martians who protect themselves with telepathy, cities on mars complete with silver singing books, a custom built House of Usher that wreaks revenge on book burners and a beautiful house that cares for itself with mechanical mice, automatic kitchens and poetry readings couldn't imagine a culture containing sexual equality. All Bradbury's women, what there are of them, are passive. I guess he could examine some aspects of the white, male American 1950's culture while completely ignoring others. "

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

    " I struggle to find words that will express my feelings towards this book. Quite simply put, it is a masterpiece. I love Bradbury's work and has read quite a lot of it as well, but I do believe the "Martian Chronicles" to be his best oeuvre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ArÅ«nas | 1/19/2014

    " a funny coincidence - as soon as I finished reading the book, I learned that the author had just passed away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Dorfman | 1/19/2014

    " One of the first SF books I ever read Bradley's series doesn't hold up as well as Asimov's but is still worthwhile. "

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

    " possibly one of my all-time favorite books. the stories are hypnotic and captivating. a must read for anyone who likes to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Udayan Chakrabarti | 1/19/2014

    " Loved "Martian Chronicles". Now my joint second favourite from Bradbury along with "Something Wicked ...". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 Jackie Johnson | 1/11/2014

    " Super creepy and incredibly written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Frank | 1/8/2014

    " Ridiculous and I love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will Stecher | 1/8/2014

    " One of my absolute favorites. It covers a lot of ground even being a group of stories around a single theme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lou | 1/7/2014

    " A good book, but not a great book. It was a quick read, a collection of short stories. The stories move along nicely, but for me, the depth wasn't there. I'm a fan of more complex stories like Herbert's or Tolkien's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Intres | 1/1/2014

    " This is one of my new favorite books of all time. Bradbury is a master of atmosphere and mood--tense, dangerous, stark. Everything you've ever heard about the horrors and promise of space, this collection jumps it up a level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley Spencer | 12/28/2013

    " This view into the future showed us the flaws of the present. I loved the ideas. It was riviting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joey | 12/24/2013

    " he can't write himself out of three left turns. seriously, i felt like i was reading a fourth grader's creative writing assignment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 12/23/2013

    " Another okay adaptation but I prefer letting Bradbury's poetic prose create the images in my mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thea Harrison | 12/16/2013

    " A classic, and one of the few books I've reread. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindel Pena | 12/15/2013

    " The beginning was good and the story was intriging...but a bit long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregory Hunt | 12/10/2013

    " I really dug this book. I read it sometime in high-school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Topher | 12/9/2013

    " In my opinion, Ray Bradbury was the finest writer of the 20th century and this book is a case in point. This is the story of mankind's conquest of Mars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Slade | 12/4/2013

    " Fun Martian science fiction stories. I've read a few others by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Galen Varon | 11/30/2013

    " 5 Stars! Science Fiction at it's very best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Peterson | 11/28/2013

    " Wow.. wasn't feeling this one so much at first, but after the first third or so I was hooked. I haven't thought this much about a book post-read in a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Lasher | 11/26/2013

    " This was nothing like what I expected. It is a beautifully written series of vignettes about the effect of mankind on another race. Each character and each story is incredibly rich and complex. You come away seeing a whole story even though you are only told parts. I loved every moment of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 11/21/2013

    " Oh well Mars didn't turn out this way. Kind of too bad but Europa maybe... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Lasher | 11/15/2013

    " This was nothing like what I expected. It is a beautifully written series of vignettes about the effect of mankind on another race. Each character and each story is incredibly rich and complex. You come away seeing a whole story even though you are only told parts. I loved every moment of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Ruiz Hudson | 10/4/2013

    " Sometimes a little slow, but overall, sad and beautiful. Many stories are disturbing and haunting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Gorski | 9/5/2013

    " Near the top of my all time favorite science fiction book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Collin Wehr | 8/16/2013

    " A book that feels your mind with curiosity and imagination. This book is filled with many twist and turns along with a few tragedies. This book has you a great look at human nature and is absolutely marvelous "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrés Peñailillo | 7/20/2013

    " Que buen libro de Bradbury, un gusto de lectura "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 7/1/2013

    " A series of loosely connected, uniquely thought-provoking, beautifully surreal, and devastatingly human vignettes depicting Earth's conquest of Mars. One of the most moving and ingeniously written books I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 6/19/2013

    " how can you not like Ray Bradbury? interesting interrelated stories. Usher II is the best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spacebread | 2/2/2013

    " Definitely worth a read. The writing isn't special but the stories told are indeed amazing offering small tidbits to 'think over'. It's kind of like a layman's view of Mars. Not so much an adventure, as an occurrence that happened to people and how life goes on, even on Mars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubreymw | 1/31/2013

    " Sci-fi, poetry, morals, history & theology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Indru | 12/16/2012

    " If he would have been born later and tried to publish this work in the 21st century, everybody would have told him it's crappy. Truly the work of a genius, too bad things like that cannot be read today in the works of contemporary authors. Everybody promotes bad taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorrie Anderson | 11/28/2012

    " The visuals are amazing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ricardo Vallejo | 11/2/2012

    " Man if I could give this book a rating based off the four expeditions alone, I would give it five stars. Sadly the eerie, creepy and even somewhat humorous vibe kinda faded once mars was nice and settled "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/4/2012

    " Worth re-reading or reading for the first time. Story of humanity on SF garb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 7/9/2012

    " Overall this was a good book. Parts of the story were excellent and parts were difficult to get through. It was an interesting treatise on a hypothetical colonization of Mars. We'll see in ~10 years how true it is when the first manned mission gets there (pending budget cuts of course).... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Parkinson | 7/4/2012

    " Perhaps the first sf book to really engage and move me....wish they would release this on kindle version as I would like to re visit this gentle treasure "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 6/20/2012

    " Short stories that take place in Space (which I generally hate) but they explore a lot of facets of human nature "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Intres | 6/19/2012

    " This is one of my new favorite books of all time. Bradbury is a master of atmosphere and mood--tense, dangerous, stark. Everything you've ever heard about the horrors and promise of space, this collection jumps it up a level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Bechtel | 3/26/2012

    " Might be why I write "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 3/1/2012

    " This was a very interesting book with great imagination, lingering images, and psychological thinking. Loved it! So many great things about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Rhonemus | 2/4/2012

    " It is a amazing group of smaller stories that end ways unexpected "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vernon Goddard | 1/22/2012

    " A must have read SF drama........... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindy | 12/30/2011

    " The is something so human to Bradbury's tales, even when they are set on another planet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt Rocourt | 9/3/2011

    " Not very memorable characters but still very imaginative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naterpotaters | 7/24/2011

    " one of the all time favs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 7/15/2011

    " Not a great testament to humanity; especially Americans. It seems we are fated to destroy any world we "conquer." Well ahead of his time, Bradbury brought us a truly intriguing read. Despite its grim undercurrent, I still enjoyed reading it. "

  • 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.