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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Customer Reviews

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Flawed but interesting.

An imaginative collection of stories, and beautifully written. But alas, the undertone of chauvinism (sometimes dipping its toe into misogyny) stopped me from engaging as fully as I'd have liked to.
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- Wendy

Unfortunately showing it's age

What did you like best about The Illustrated Man? What did you like least?

Ray Bradbury has a way with words that verges on the poetic. The premise behind this collection is quite a clever way of binding together disparate short stories.


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These stories were obviously written some time ago, and the "sci-fi" element seems somewhat "1950s" in feel - rockets as opposed to space ships, atmospheres on the solar systems inner planets, etc.
The Science fiction settings for these stories seem almost surplus to requirements, they don't seem to add an awful lot to the plot and offer only a backdrop for Mr. Bradbury's emotive prose.

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- Garry

Book Details

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