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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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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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