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Long After Midnight: 22 Hauntings and Celebrations

Long After Midnight: 22 Hauntings and Celebrations

Geschrieben von Ray Bradbury

Erzählt von MacLeod Andrews


Long After Midnight: 22 Hauntings and Celebrations

Geschrieben von Ray Bradbury

Erzählt von MacLeod Andrews

Bewertungen:
4.5/5 (13 Bewertungen)
Länge:
9 Stunden
Freigegeben:
3. Aug. 2018
ISBN:
9781501966217
Format:
Hörbuch

Beschreibung

Two drifters caught in the backwash of space wander from city to dead city, sifting the rubble for the fabled Blue Bottle of Mars—and find in it two different, equally entrancing dooms....

A young boy in Green Town, Illinois, does not marry—yet marries—his beloved eighth-grade teacher....

In the hell of a July Manhattan night, Will Morgan is offered a possibly Mephistophelean proposal by which he might gain a perfect love and a magical immunity....

A jealous husband who orders an exact replica of his unfaithful wife from an android manufacturing company (purpose: murder) runs afoul of the compassionate new "live robot" law....

At 48, seized with an overwhelming desire to settle an old score, a man journeys back into the past under the spell of his "utterly perfect, incredibly delightful idea", only to recoil in stunned disbelief when he confronts, at last, his former tormentor....

Bradbury's imaginative field is boundless. In this audiobook, his stories carry us from the cozy familiarity of the small-town America we lived in in Dandelion Wine to the frozen desert and double moon that have been parts of our interior landscape since The Martian Chronicles. His characters range from the "ordinary"—a rookie cop, an unhappy wife on vacation in Mexico, an old parish priest hearing confession—to the quite extraordinary: the parrot to whom Ernest Hemingway confided the plot of his last, greatest, never-put-down-on-paper novel, and a woman who, in New York City in the summer of 1974, hangs out a sign reading "Melissa Toad, Witch".

Fantastic or conventional, chillingly suspenseful or hauntingly nostalgic, each of these stories has that aura of the unexpected combined with the special ring of absolute rightness that is brilliantly, uniquely Bradbury.

Freigegeben:
3. Aug. 2018
ISBN:
9781501966217
Format:
Hörbuch

Über den Autor

In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. An Emmy Award winner for his teleplay The Halloween Tree and an Academy Award nominee, he was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.


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  • (5/5)
    I'm thoroughly enjoying these short stories. They're the perfect length, each about 10 to 15 pages, just enough to build up the story and knock it over with a classic Bradbury twist. My favorite stories for far are "The Burning Man", which asks the reader to reexamine his or her own prejudices in the setting of a typical lone road hitchhiker horror story, and "The Perfect Murder" which shows that time is the ultimate judge and jury. I plan to finish reading the remaining stories and mail the book on Saturday.
  • (4/5)
    For me this was his last really great collection of stories, where I loved every one. Misplaced my original copy and had to buy a replacement, then found this special edition published by PS and signed by him.
  • (4/5)
    A collection of short stories. Some are better than others. Some are science fiction and others are of general interest. Ray Bradbury wrote some clever short stories and several that seem to have little value. I recommend it based on the fact that some of the stories are entertaining and thought provoking.
  • (5/5)
    This is for everyone who thinks Bradbury is 'just' a SF writer and it cannot be serious literature. Ray Bradbury's a marvellous writer, a pure genius....
  • (3/5)
    The October Game was my favorite story in Long After Midnight. It's one of those tales where the last line punches you right in the gut.

    Unfortunately, many of the rest of the stories didn't resonate with me. Perhaps I read this collection too close to The Martian Chronicles? I couldn't help but compare the two and The Chronicles always came out ahead.

    I'm still happy that I read this collection, as my goal is to read all of Ray Bradbury's work. I guess not all of his stories are going to knock the ball out of the park, but a mediocre Bradbury story is still better than a good one from most other authors.

    Recommended for fans of science fiction, dark fiction and short stories.
  • (5/5)
    A fabulous celebration of imagination, shady spots of the soul, and writing itself. Bradbury's confidence is intoxicating - how he pulls of his trapeze act of shouting the story as if in a fit and yet staying superbly readable, I'll never know.

    Don't expect sci-fi or fantasy; it's anything but.
  • (5/5)
    a wonderful anthology!! a well earned five stars!! "The Blue Bottle" kicks it off, about a Martian-made blue bottle that, once opened, gives the opener whatever he mostly wants. This Hemingway fan was exhilerated by "The Parrot who Met Papa," and the stories "The Miracles of Jamie" and "The Messiah" deal with my favorite pre-puberescent fantasy -- that I was the second coming of Christ.
  • (5/5)
    Ray Bradbury is one of my all-time favorite short story writers. These stories range from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror or mystery. He's thought of primarily as a science fiction writer, but you will find that his stories run the gamut.