Mars was a distant shore, and the men spread upon it in wave.... Each wave different, and each wave stronger.
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, including Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes; essays, theatrical works, screenplays and teleplays; The Illustrated Mein, Dandelion Wine, The October Country, and numerous other superb short story collections. But of all the dazzling stars in the vast Bradbury universe, none shines more luminous 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.
Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles is a classic work of 20th-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.
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I would only recommend this audiobook to fellow Ray Bradbury fans. He is not everyone's cup of tea because he is more of a short story writer. He wove these martian stories together to tell a compelling collection of stories within an overall narrative arc.
My two favorite stories were "Way in the Middle of the Air" when blacks fled the South for Mars and "Usher II," Bradbury's ode and tribute to Poe's story "The House of Usher." Bradbury showed he was at the top of his game in creativity and insight into human behavior.
The two aforementioned stories were my favorite scenes.
Yes, this book made me laugh at many points, but what struck me was the poetry of Bradbury's prose. He is a beautiful, passionate writer. His prose is vivid and feels like a long prose poem.
Mark Boyett does a masterful job at performing all of these characters, both human and Martian. I can see and hear them. I had the great pleasure to meet Bradbury at book signings in Los Angeles. He was my favorite writer as a teen, and I still love him. Thank you, Ray, for sharing your passion and for giving us the gift of your stories.
The Original. Great Stories, Great Narrator.
The Martian Chronicles is a classic for a reason. In recent years editors have monkeyed with the stories, changing the timeline of the story and removing some stories/adding others. This is the original lineup, with a great narrator.
You should be aware, though, that most of the core stories were written in different years and published in pulp magazines first, and not in the order they appear in the book. This leads to little inconsistencies that are bothersome if you try to view the stories as a coherent whole. Instead, you should think of each story as happening in a slightly different dimension from the last one. Appreciate the stories on their own and don't get hung up on little differences.