The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

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Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to the red planet and found the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brought with him his oldest fears and his deepest desires. Man conquered Mars and in that instant, Mars conquered him. The strange new world with its ancient, dying race and vast, red-gold deserts cast a spell on him, settled into his dreams, and changed him forever. Here are the captivating chronicles of man and Mars, the modern classic by the peerless Ray Bradbury.
Publisher: Woodstock, Ill. (P.O. Box 109, Woodstock 60098) : Dramatic Pub. Co.
Copyright Date: ©1986
ISBN: 9781433293542
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Aug 15, 2016

"The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury is considered to be one of the greatest works of science fiction of all time.

Modern space exploration has proven that the romantic Mars of Bradbury's imagination does not exist nor could it ever have existed. Like Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom novels or Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", this collection of interrelated short stories should be more correctly viewed as fantasy and allegory. They are a chronicle of the hopes and fears that existed at the time they were written.

"The Martian Chronicles" is an American classic that shares more in common with Edgar Lee Master's "Spoon River Anthology" or Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" than it does with any story written about Mars since the dawn of actual space exploration. It is a statement about the American mentality of manifest destiny, vulgar materialism, atomic angst and McCarthyism in the 1950's. In one sense it is timeless. In another, it can never be separated from the cultural milieu in which it was written.

This audio dramatization is of excellent quality. I recommend it equally for those who have never read the collection and those who have read it many times.

Apr 22, 2016

This book is more "churchy" than I remember.

Aug 26, 2015

Hard to follow the narrative through the structural devices used just through the audio. Contains some striking scenes and sub-plots.

Feb 05, 2014

Poetic though sometimes bleak. I enjoy the art that Bradbury creates with his words, often more than the stories themselves.


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