Something Wicked This Way Comes : Green Town

  • by Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by Kevin Foley
  • Series: Green Town
  • 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." The carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour of a chill Midwestern October eve. Ushering in Halloween a week before its time, a calliope's shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. Young boyhood companions James Nightshade and Will Halloway are the first to heed its call. From a place of safety, they watch a midway come to spectral life, their emotions a riot of eagerness, trepidation, bravado, and uncertainty. For they can sense the change that's in the air; that this is the autumn in which innocence must vanish in the harsh, acrid smoke of disillusionment...and horror.
Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show's mazes and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes and the stuff of nightmares. All those who still dream and remember - and those who have heard the whispering but have yet to experience its dark, poetic power - you are welcome. A shadow show like none other is about to begin...again.


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Customer Reviews

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A Great Classic Come to Life

I would have to put this book right on par with Shadow Divers as one of the best Audible listens I've had. Ray Bradbury's story is a great coming of age tale. The vivid descriptions of people, places and feelings really helps bring the reader into the world he has created. From the first chapter when the Carnival rolls into town and the scent of cotton candy floats through the air, it's difficult not to feel yourself running along the streets with Will and Jim and experiencing all the other-worldly sights they uncover. While the premise of the book is quite sci-fi, Bradbury's writing keeps the plot believable.

However, many a great novel has been ruined by poor narration, but in this respect, Ken Foley matches Bradbury's superb novel. The different voices used for different characters helps keep the plot clear and are excellent reflections of the characters. Jim's voice conveys a headstrong and brash young boy who acts unafraid, but is something quite different under the surface. Will is equally well played as a timid young boy who is frequently afraid but deep down inside begins to find his inner courage.

Few books I've read have such a superb combination of excellent writing and narration as this one. It is well worth a listen!
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- Kiran Vakamudi

Amazing style!

Where does Something Wicked This Way Comes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was maybe the best audiobook I've ever listened.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Something Wicked This Way Comes?

I found this book very intense. The author is tireless in his long, metaphoric descriptions, but with an enjoyable, delightful fluidity. I found his style addicting. His depicting of different ages are archetypal, but he expresses them beautifully.

What about Kevin Foley’s performance did you like?

The narrator is great! All the characters' voices are really good. The best ones, in my opinion, are Mr. Dark's subtly sinister voice and Will's Dad's grave voice. They matched perfectly.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Will and his father climbing together the rungs leading to Will's window was really intense. Father and son reconciling and having a deep conversation without saying a single word. Beautiful!

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- damarques

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio