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STORY (eerie classic) - This story is set in a small town in Illinois sometime in the 50's or 60's. The main characters, Will and Jim, are about 13. When a carnival run by "night people" comes into town, they become entwined with dark characters and sinister occurrences. There is an evil illustrated man, a dust witch, freaks, etc. A big part of the story revolves around a merry-go-round which plays the Death March for music. When the music plays, a rider will get older and approach death. If the music plays backwards, the rider becomes younger. This creates some very interesting situations!
This is my first Bradbury book and, wow, can he slap together a sentence! My 8th grade English Lit teacher would have names for this kind of writing, but all I can say is it's very descriptive. I enjoyed it immensely...to a point. After a couple hours I got tired of distilling actions from the long sentences. I also got tired of meandering around in the adventures of the young boys. Reminded me a little bit of Huckleberry Finn but in a sinister setting. It was enjoyable, but a little too much of a good thing for this listener.
PERFORMANCE - Wow. Double wow! I love Christian Rummel's voice in The Lost Fleet series. He could read the phone book and make it sound sexy. But this book really showcases his talent. His performance takes Bradbury's language and conjures incredibly wicked images.
OVERALL - This would make a good Halloween listen. It's not scary, but it's very eerie and sinister. I urge you to listen to the sample to hear the quality of the writing and the performance. There's no sex, bad language or gore, but there are ugly characters and very weird situations. Recommended for mature male or female listeners only, due to the advanced language.
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If you could sum up Something Wicked This Way Comes in three words, what would they be?
Fun, Frightfully Fun
What was one of the most memorable moments of Something Wicked This Way Comes?
The relationship between Will and his father Charles Halloway. Usually in teen horror books, the parents are either absent or inconsequential, mean, or foolish. Here, Bradbury wrote the strongest parent and child relationship since Scout and Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mocking Bird." Mr. Halloway is strong and intuitive, sad and adventuresome. I wish I had a dad like him.
Which scene was your favorite?
The library scene in which Mr. Dark and his minions search for Will and Jim. Narrator Christian Rummel relished performing evil incarnate with purrs and growls. I was on the edge of my seat.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Cry no, but laugh sometimes. It was a knowing laugh of remembering how it was like to be a kid. This book thrilled and chilled me.
Any additional comments?
I had met Ray Bradbury a couple of times to sign other books. I wish I had read this one so I could have asked him questions about it. He is a skilled writer of the highest order and his writing references the greatest books in literature. This shows that like Mr. Halloway, he invested a lot of time in the library.
Audible did a fantastic job with this polished production. I will read more.
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Any additional comments?
Gave the book a try as it is not the usual book I would listen to. I give up on chapter twenty eight. The book never gripped me and I was disappointed with it.
I would listen to another book by this narrator.
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I found the story too meandering to follow well in this form. The narrator didn't particularly help, but he did suit the story.
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The writer creates and imersive story. He encapsulates the feeling of creepy dread. I thought the concepts were fascinating.
However this is a slow paced book and the narrator had a very droaning voice so you will either love it and be transported right into the world or (as I did at times) be transported to sleep.