The Martian Chronicles
- Narrated by: Mark Boyett
- Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 21-10-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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, including Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes; essays, theatrical works, screenplays and teleplays; The Illustrated Mein, Dandelion Wine, The October Country, and numerous other superb short story collections. But of all the dazzling stars in the vast Bradbury universe, none shines more luminous 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.
Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles is a classic work of 20th-century literature whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage. In connected, chronological stories, a true grandmaster once again enthralls, delights, and challenges us with his vision and his heart - starkly and stunningly exposing in brilliant spacelight our strength, our weakness, our folly, and our poignant humanity on a strange and breathtaking world where humanity does not belong.
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By Samm on 23-09-15
Not what I expected... so much more!
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't at all what I expected but I couldn't put it down, usually I only listen to audio books at night when going to sleep, but this one was listened to in the car, in the bath, while shopping etc... and I rewound bits I'd slept during which I don't usually worry about... the book itself is like a collection of short, interconnected stories all about settlers on Mars and they're just a compelling listen. The narrator is excellent and I shall be looking for more of his work, his male voices are manly and female voices very believable and her has a pleasant killing tone that was perfect for this book.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Uneken Dan on 14-09-16
Relevant today as it was 70 years ago.
Such a beautiful and sad book, wonderfully read by Mark Boyett. More than ever its message is relevant: humanity on course for destroying whatever it encounters, including itself.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Troy on 05-04-16
The Original. Great Stories, Great Narrator.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
The Martian Chronicles is a classic for a reason. In recent years editors have monkeyed with the stories, changing the timeline of the story and removing some stories/adding others. This is the original lineup, with a great narrator.
You should be aware, though, that most of the core stories were written in different years and published in pulp magazines first, and not in the order they appear in the book. This leads to little inconsistencies that are bothersome if you try to view the stories as a coherent whole. Instead, you should think of each story as happening in a slightly different dimension from the last one. Appreciate the stories on their own and don't get hung up on little differences.
36 of 37 people found this review helpful
By S. Patel on 22-01-15
The Martian Chronicles is a collection of short stories that are beautifully woven together to make for a haunting read.
The over-arching story takes place in the future when earth is amidst chaos and nuclear war is about to erupt. Earth men make many expeditions to the red planet to escape and search for life. You'll have to listen to find out what happens when they get there.
Mark Boyett does an amazing job with the narration. I've listened to some of the other narrators for this book and Boyett does it best! <3
16 of 17 people found this review helpful