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Publisher's Summary

Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and mind as has this one - Ray Bradbury's incomparable masterwork of the dark fantastic.
A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope's shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show's smoke, mazes, and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes - and the stuff of nightmare.
©1962 Ray Bradbury (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Andre on 10-23-15

Fun, Frightfully Fun

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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5 out of 5 stars
By AudioBook Reviewer on 11-14-14

It's so creepy

I've never read Ray Bradbury before. I don't even know why. I just never got around to him. I'm so excited that I was finally able to listen to this one because it is fantastic from beginning to end!

This story is about two boys and one of them is intriuged by the carnival and all that a carnival brings while the other is able to see through the glimmer. It's so creepy that I honestly wasn't sure when I should absolutely feel creep-ed out because I was just thinking everyone was a part of the carnival. That is easily recognizable about halfway through the story though. The boys, who are so much alike, start to really differ in what they want also.

The audio was really pleasing. I loved the narrator, Christian Rummel. He has a way of making you want to listen. Although between the fabulous narration and fantastic writing there is no way I wanted this to come to a stop! The audio was very well done and I think this is definitely one where the audio enhanced the book. I could easily tell the characters apart but Christian Rummel just made the very eerie world come to life. There were times when over emphasizing was needed and Christian nailed it. There were also a lot of really strange parts, where one of the dads is just cracking up like he's mad and that scene was done so well. As were all of them really.

The characters in both the narration and the book were very well developed. These are not villains that I grew to love. Ray Bradbury had a way of really emphasizing the evil behind the mask, and he does it so well here. I also really enjoyed the story's progression. The plot kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.

This was my first but definitely not my last Ray Bradbury. I now see why so many are in love with his writing.

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3 out of 5 stars
By B. Lawrenson on 07-31-15

Not for me

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Hilary on 09-30-15

Not my cup of tea

Really not enjoying this at all. A bad choice for me not keen on the narrator or the story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Cassandra on 11-21-16

Intense use of metaphor

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.

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