Book Review: The Martian Chronicles


The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury
Mark Boyett

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Brilliance Audio





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I had only read one book by this prolific author, Fahrenheit 451, so it was time to try another one. I decided to listen to The Martian Chronicles.

I realized it was actually a collection of short stories, which is far from being my favorite genre these days.
But it worked actually beautifully for this book: all the stories are arranged chronologically and they all focus on Mars, or rather on all the possible facets of the relationship between Earth and Mars, when humans finally get there and start meeting Martians.

Some facets are nicer than others. But keep in mind that if you think we have been doing a great job at trashing our planet, we could well be on our way to repeat the process on the red planet…

I totally rediscovered Bradbury’s fabulous style of writing. I enjoyed the variety in the people and reactions. Some passages are actually very poetic.

Now I would like to encourage you to not only (re)read but also listen to this book, with Mark Boyett as the narrator.
This is the first time I listen to a book narrated by him, and he blew me away. He is so good at doing all kinds of different accents and intonations. So he added to the vast variety in mood and style of all the stories, by his own tones of voice.

I definitely plan to read other books by Bradbury and listen to other books narrated by Boyett.

VERDICT: Boyett’s fabulous narration is a wonderful way to (re)discover this classic science-fiction novel on the varied relationships between humans and Martians.

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I downloaded this audiobook from Hoopla, through my public library.

This book counted for this Reading Challenges

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12 thoughts on “Book Review: The Martian Chronicles

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  2. I was so happy when I saw you reviewed this one, a longtime favorite of mine ever since I read it for an English class in school. You fastened on thecsame impression I had, the one that has stayed with me–the poetry of Bradbury’s writing and even more, the wistful poetry of his imagining of Martian civilization and what contact with us might mean. It is a sci-fi Ozymandias. My favorite chapters are the last two: “There will come soft rains” based on the Sara Teasdale poem, and “The Million-Year Picnic.” It is amazing how the stories are disjoint but together make a story arc. Thanks for reminding me of this brilliant work! Time for a reread or a re-listen to the audio performance you recommend.


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