Ray Bradbury's Pillar of Fire

  • by Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by Bill Oberst Jr.
  • 0 hrs and 39 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

"He came out of the earth hating. Hate was his father; hate was his mother."
Ray Bradbury's Pillar of Fire is a touring theatrical reading by Emmy Award winner Bill Oberst Jr., abridged from Bradbury's dark, violent, and poetic novella of the same name.
In this exclusive production for Audible, Oberst recreates an award-winning stage performance of the tale Bradbury called "a rehearsal for Fahrenheit 451."
Winner of a Best Solo Show of Hollywood Fringe award and an Ernest Kearney Platinum Medal, the original Los Angeles production was directed by Ezra Buzzington, who voices the roles of McClure and the Incinerator Attendant.
Pillar of Fire first appeared in the summer 1948 issue of Planet Stories magazine and is recorded by arrangement with Don Congdon Associates, Inc. Production sound design by Mark McLain Wilson. Credits voiced by Karen-Eileen Gordon.


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Early Dystopian Magic From Bradbury

Where does Ray Bradbury's Pillar of Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


What did you like best about this story?

This is a bit of Bradbury I'd never heard of nor read. Very poetic and very dark. The last section sounds like a sort of hymn to Halloween. I've ordered the book containing the whole thing to read it in the entire form now. Surprised this story is not better known among Ray Bradbury fans.

Which character – as performed by Bill Oberst Jr. – was your favorite?

The dead man risen from the grave is actually a terrorist if you think about what he is doing, but you do feel sorry for him. The man who figures him out, McClure, is a question mark: is he the devil or is he saving his society? All very thought-provoking.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last bit where the dead man is reciting all that he represents.

Any additional comments?

Heart-felt and fun, in that spooky sort of way. I'd recommend it to people who are into Bradbury's darker side. Oh, and a little knowledge of Poe helps to catch the references made here.

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- Jeff "Cultural issues writer; dad; weekend warrior of hoops."

Good For Halloween Lovers

Would you listen to Ray Bradbury's Pillar of Fire again? Why?

Yes, it made me think about why we have Halloween and the people who say we shouldn't have it, like the man in the story who wants to kill the hero.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The dead man because he is sometimes scary and sometimes like a child - you want to help him at times but he is doing bad things like murder. He is a conflicting character.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend it - good music and sound effects and there is no bad language either. Ray Bradbury's mind was one of a kind.

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- Grace "Mom"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2016
  • Publisher: Dragonslayer Audio