The Illustrated Man

  • by Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia
  • 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth, widely believed to be one of the grand master's premier accomplishments. Collected here are eighteen tales, startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body.
The Chapters Include:
Dancing, So As Not To be Dead
Prologue: The Illustrated Man
The Veldt
Kaleidoscope
The Other Foot
The Highway
The Man
The Long Rain
The Rocket Man
The Last Night of the World
The Exiles
No Particular Night or Morning
The Fox and the Forest
The Visitor
The Concrete Mixer
Marionettes, Inc.
The City
Zero Hour
The Rocket
The Illustrated Man
Epilogue

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What the Critics Say

"Here is an open circuit on ideas, which range from religion, to racial questions, to the atom bomb, rocket travel (of course), literature, escape to the past, dreams and hypnotism, children and their selfish and impersonal acceptance of immediate concepts, robots, etc." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A must for sci-fi fans!" (School Library Journal)

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Curling up with an old friend

I have an old dog-earred paperback copy of this book and have enjoyed the 30-minute versions of several of the stories produced for radio. But nothing beats the unabridged book when it comes to my listening enjoyment. Paul Michael Garcia does a very good job with the narration. This is one of those audio books I will listen to again and again.
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- Beverly

A Treasure Trove of Stories

I???ve listened to Bradbury???s seminal collection of short stories twice now, and it???s very much like hanging out with an old friend whom you haven't seen for ages, but jump back into things as if you'd been speaking to every day. Some have suggested that it hasn???t aged well, but I disagree: the stories certainly have aged (the book itself is over 60 years old), and they certainly look different than today???s SF/F/H stories, but they???re still full of imagination, excitement, fear, and wonder. The stories contained are as diverse as the titular characters tattoos ??? whether it???s lonely astronauts floating through space as their oxygen runs out, the ghosts of some of our greatest authors and poets exiled to Mars, or a poor father who can???t afford to send his family on vacation in outer space ??? and each one is a treasure.

Paul Michael Garcia does an amazing job reading these, adding an additional layer of emotion and character to each story. If it???s been a while since you read Ray Bradbury, Paul Michael Garcia is the narrator to reunite you with him.

The book contains the following stories: The Veldt, Kaleidoscope, The Other Foot, The Highway, The Man, The Long Rain, The Rocket Man, The Last Night of the World, The Exiles, No Particular Night or Morning, The Fox and the Forest, The Visitor, The Concrete Mixer, Marionettes, Inc., The City, Zero Hour, The Rocket, The Illustrated Man
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- Dave

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.