The Martian Chronicles

  • by Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ray Bradbury is a storyteller without peer, a poet of the possible, and, indisputably, one of America's most beloved authors. In a much-celebrated literary career that has spanned six decades, he has produced an astonishing body of work: unforgettable novels, essays, theatrical works, screenplays and teleplays, and numerous superb short-story collections. But of all the dazzling stars in the vast Bradbury universe, none shines more luminously than these masterful chronicles of Earth's settlement of the fourth world from the sun.
Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars...and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.
Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles is a classic work of 20th-century literature whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage.
The 27 stories contained in The Martian Chronicles are "Rocket Summer", "Ylla", "The Summer Night", "The Earth Men", "The Taxpayer", "The Third Expedition", "---And the Moon Be Still as Bright", "The Settlers", "The Green Morning", "The Locusts", "Night Meeting", "The Shore", "The Fire Balloons", "Interim", "The Musicians", "The Wilderness", "The Naming of Names", "Usher II", "The Old Ones", and more.


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Should have been better

I've always been a big Ray Bradbury fan and this is one his best. The weakness with this audio book is the reader. Scott Brick is just too intense ALL of the time. There are moments when stress is needed but not for the entire book. It got old for me in a hurry. Of course that's a personal opinion (as all reviews are). If you like his style you probably will want to give this one five stars. Bradbury's book is an all out winner. Enjoy.
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- Rickapolis "Rickapolis"

Stands the Test of Time

You might think that a series of sci-fi/fantasy stories written more than half a century ago would lose their resonance, but not so. The Martian Chronicles is a series of loosely connected short stories focused around human colonization of Mars, following a more or less discernible timeline.

Bradbury's stories capture human nature with poignant details, characters, and storylines that will wrench your heart, make you laugh, and cause you to ponder the human condition.

I'm not a huge fan of the narrator, as he sometimes veers close to melodrama and other times is irritatingly flat (I struggled with his reading of "The Passage" as well, but not enough to pass up "The Martian Chronicles."

This is one of the faster and more enjoyable listens I've had this year, and it's inspired me to explore more Ray Bradbury, especially "The Illustrated Man."
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- Kathleen "webkat7"

Book Details

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