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Ray Bradbury’s moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author’s most deeply personal work, a semiautobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928.
Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole wide world that lies beyond the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather’s renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley’s bell on a hazy afternoon. It is yesteryear and tomorrow blended into an unforgettable always. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals whose mystical power holds time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine that can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future.
Come and savor Ray Bradbury’s priceless distillation of all that is eternal about boyhood and summer.
©1946 Ray Bradbury (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Julia Blake on 02-25-17

Thought Provoking Story

This is a wonderful book which perfectly captures every human emotion and examines each one. My only complaint is that there was no pause at all between chapters, nor did the narrator say when a new chapter was beginning, which left me momentarily confused.

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By Gillian on 04-25-17

Small Town Summer, And Oh The Writing!!!

June mornings, July noons, August evenings, each day perfect and held in a bottle of dandelion wine that can be opened in the cold and dark of winter.
"Dandelion Wine", while called a novel, is mostly a series of perfectly drawn stories, each featuring colorful characters with wants and needs, dreams and despair. Green Town is, after all, a small town with barely over a thousand people, most who know each other, know their business, wonder and wait with held breath as life rolls by.
While Paul Michael Garcia isn't my favorite narrator, he does a wonderful job here, capturing loneliness, joy, fascination and intrigue. The only problem isn't his fault but a production blip: each chapter runs straight into the next, not giving you, the listener, time to absorb, to roll around on your tongue the wonderful words and essences of what you've just heard. Bradbury writes to be heard, to be digested fully and appreciated. Each story is perfect in its own way, with beautiful last lines that just sink into you.
This might not be everybody's cup of tea. It is, after all, a simple compilation of simple lives, but oh the writing!
Ray Bradbury once said something along the lines of: When you write, you're running off a cliff and sprouting wings as you descend. With "Dandelion Wine", I truly believe he sprouted those wings and soared high above, showing us our lives, our sorrows, our joys just as we live them.

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By Mr Jeremy J Osborn on 08-13-17

A celebration of language

"Bee-fried air", flies that "land, sizzle and fly away", "scarves of smoke" from chimneys. I wonder how long it took Bradbury to think of the descriptions? Not edge if the seat stuff by any stretch of the imagination but a description of small-town America one summer between the wars that should be read in summer to add to the atmosphere created.

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By Peter on 09-18-16

In a Boys Head..

An interesting attempt to tell a story from a 12 year old boys' perspective.. Whilst clever in parts it doesn't do it for me - too many coincidental events for the intended "simple" story line..

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