Long After Midnight

  • by Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by Michael Prichard
  • 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two drifters caught in the backwash of space wander from city to dead city, sifting the rubble for the fabled Blue Bottle of Mars - and find in it two different, equally entrancing, dooms.
A young boy in Green Town, Illinois, does not marry - yet marries - his beloved eighth-grade teacher....
In the hell of a Manhattan July night, Will Morgan is offered a possibly Mephistophelean proposal by which he might gain a perfect love and a magical immunity....
A jealous husband who orders an exact replica of his unfaithful wife from an android manufacturing company (purpose: murder) runs afoul of the compassionate new "live robot" law....
At 48, seized with an overwhelming desire to settle an old score, a man journeys back into the past under the spell of his "utterly perfect, incredibly delightful idea", only to recoil in stunned disbelief when he confronts, at last, his former tormentor....
Bradbury's imaginative field is boundless. In this book, his 22 stories carry us from the cozy familiarity of the small-town America we lived in, in Dandelion Wine, to the frozen desert and double moon that have been part of our interior landscape since The Martian Chronicles. His characters range from the "ordinary" - a rookie cop, an unhappy wife on vacation in Mexico, an old parish priest hearing confession - to the quite extraordinary: the parrot to whom Ernest Hemingway confided the plot of his last, greatest, never-put-down-on-paper novel, and a woman who, in New York City in the summer of 1974, hangs out a sign reading "Melissa Toad, Witch".
Fantastic or conventional, chillingly suspenseful, or hauntingly nostalgic, each of these stories has that aura of the unexpected combined with the special ring of absolute rightness that is brilliantly, uniquely Bradbury.

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Another Bradbury Worth Listening To

I enjoy Ray Bradbury short stories all ways have this collection fits the bill for me. The narrator does a very good job interpreting the individual stories and the characters in each story. The collection contain topics that range from subtle to, “that was different”, suspense also stories that are other worldly, futuristic and a twist on a 20th century character (Hitler) in Darling Adolf and the suspense of family life as a man plots against his wife in The October Game. Other stories I really liked are: The Miracles of Jamie; A Story of Love and especially Interval in Sunlight a man with a robotic wife he intended to destroy. On a whole the entire Audio is worth the listen and yes I have listened to it in its entirety more than once as I have listened to other Bradbury audible stories. Check it out you might find you like it.
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- Iola

Mars, Childhood, good ole days, and a No No

Read much of Bradbury and you learn two things about him. He would like to go to Mars and he would like to be twelve forever.

These stories were written before 1944, which makes it seem funny to us that he writes about how much better things were in the good old days. This is a theme he uses often. Times were better when the roads were made of dirt. The stories are dated. What he writes or the way he writes could not be done today. Several of the stories talk about his love for his male friends, to the point that today it would sound very gay (not that their is anything wrong with that), but I am pretty sure at the time he did not think it gay. One story is about a 14 year old boy who falls in love with a 24 year old teacher and she falls in love with him. Recent news stories remind us that, that is not legal today. I felt a little uncomfortable listening to that one. Writers are mentioned often in these stories. George Bernard Shaw is the main character in one, Thomas Wolfe in another and Hemingway thru a parrot in another.

Of the 22 stories I would give six of them five stars, my two favorites would be The Burning Man and A piece of Wood. There are five stories at the four star level and then the rest are three or less. Darling Adolf is long and boring. The Burning Man is scary and even talks about genetics. None of the others are scary.

Narrator was good
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio