• The Illustrated Man

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Illustrated Man, a seminal work in Ray Bradbury's career, whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage....

Ray Bradbury brings wonders alive. For this peerless American storyteller, the most bewitching force in the universe is human nature. In these 18 startling tales unfolding across a canvas of tattooed skin, living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Provocative and powerful, The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth - as exhilarating as interplanetary travel, as maddening as a walk in a million-year rain, and as comforting as simple, familiar rituals on the last night of the world.

©1948, 1949,1950,1951, 1953, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981  Ray Bradbury  (P)2017 Recorded Books

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I shall remain on Mars and read a book.

“I shall remain on Mars and read a book.”
― Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man

Ray Bradbury is forever connected to my youth. He is 180-proof literary, pulp, scifi nostalgia. I remember reading him for fun, reading him anthologized, reading him again and again. I permanently dented my aunt's couch one summer reading Vonnegut and Bradbury. I've recently returned to him as a father and an adult and get to re-establish connection to this great writer of American pop-lit. His stories (and books as well) are part of our modern psyche. He was the original rocket man. Not the first star in the night, but the one that tore a bit of the sky open for the rest.

There are no crappy stories here. He wrote about alienation, loneliness, jealousy, racism, and fear in new ways. He was light on scifi (it was a light frame) and heavy on characters, but he kept enough of the pulpy scifi tropes to make you almost unaware of the pill you were swallowing until it was completely absorbed.

Reading these reminded me how little I appreciated Bradbury's prose when I was young. I was a kid, so I was fixated on the story, the surprise, the horror. Now, I read these stories and I think DAMN Bradbury can write the pants off all but the best short story writers. He might not be Chekhov, but on his best days and with his best stories, he isn't far behind.

Stories:
1. The Veldt - ★★★★★
2. Kaleidescope - ★★★★★
3. The Other Foot- ★★★★
4. The Highway - ★★★
5. The Man - ★★★★
6. The Long Rain - ★★★★
7. The Rocket Man - ★★★★
8. The Last Night of the World - ★★★
9. The Exiles - ★★★★
10. No Particular Night or Evening - ★★★★★
11. The Fox and the Forest - ★★★★
12. The Visitor - ★★★★★
13. The Concrete Mixer - ★★★
14. Marionettes, Inc. - ★★★★★
15. The City - ★★★
16. Zero Hour - ★★★★★
17. The Rocket - ★★★★★
18. The Illustrated Man [story & frame] - ★★★★

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It is still an amazing read 50 years later.

He was one of America's greatest authors. I recommend it to anyone who appreciates great writing. This book is an allegory of humanity.

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Fascinating and Colorful

Ray Bradbury has an impressive, though at times dark, imagination of our future. This collection of short stories is as vibrant and thrilling as the tattoos described on the Illustrated Man. This is the perfect book for someone who is a fan of science fiction and who is looking for something out of the ordinary in terms of novel structure. It'll definately make you think with its twists and turns. If you liked Fahrenheit 451, you'll love this book!

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A journey

I am a huge fan of Bradbury and his many works. This was an incredible set of short stories which each one making its own meaning clear by the end. I find it fascinating on how he predicted the different ways the future would look and how it still related to his era. Fantastic listen

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Terrible audio quality.

Over the years I've enjoyed numerous audio books from Audible so I was surprised that they allowed this recording to slip by. Although the narration is fine, the audio levels of the of the recording were so high as to cause distortion whenever the narrator raised his voice. In fact, I was so disgusted with the poor audio quality that I cancelled my Audible subscription a few weeks later.

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Raybury's classic collection of short stories

This isn't a novel so much as a collection of short stories held together in bookended fashion by a story about the illustrated man.... all the other stories are supposed to be representations of the stories on his body. They're of various value, some peole will prefer some, some others. All I'm going to say is one gets the distinct impression that Bradbury REALLY didn't like little kids very much, to the point of being afraid of them.

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Not My Favorite Narration

The slightly nasal tone to the narrator's voice can be annoying, but the writing is so good it allows me to listen past that and get absorbed by the story. Ray Bradbury is always a delight.

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A classic collection of short stories

This is easily one of the greatest collections of short stories. Each one is packed with emotion and timeless social commentary.

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  • Destiel
  • 08-22-20

Good read

One of those books I've been meaning to read half my life. I feel I need to read it again to contemplate the full meaning. I love the imagery and illusions that Bradbury illustrates in my brain. I'm glad I read it.

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  • Krystof Petrasek
  • 03-31-22

New version not improved from the older version

I bought this new version of The Illustrated Man hoping they fixed some of the problems people complained about in the previous version. However that is not the case. The sound quality is poor. The volume is not normalized. The narrator switches from whispers to screams in a short scene (aka you cannot listen on one volume settings). There are basically no breaks in between the stories. Overall I am very disappointed and will go back to the paperback to finish the stories.

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  • Jon Davies
  • 08-07-20

excellent sinister sci-fi short stories.

deeply unsettling and thought provoking. Would recommend. somewhat Martian focused but that was the trend at the time, even so many of the stories have aged remarkably well.

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  • Matthew Batterham
  • 11-27-17

Great short stories

Would recommend. Really worth a listen and the narrating was fantastic. If you like stories with depth and plenty of them a reflection into modern life even after all this time.