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Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of 20th-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future, narrated here by Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family". But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

©1951 Ray Bradbury (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Bradbury's iconic novel about the dangers of complacency and the value of curiosity gains a solid new voice with this audio performance. Tim Robbins puts his acting prowess to use here, creating superb dialogue and striding confidently through powerful speeches that celebrate books and warn against the lure of technology. Protagonist Montag burns with all the earnestness of a man eager for change; Faber's aged scholar simmers with cautious hope; Mildred's vacuous presence echoes emptily. Robbins provides the theatrical with the expected confidence, but he also makes good use of quiet in this production. He makes Bradbury's words even more powerful by remembering to pause at opportune moments to let them sink in." (AudioFile)

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  • Tee
  • 2018-06-13

A dystopian tale relevant today

A story about a dystopian society in which books are banned and firemen burn books. I didn’t realise it when I was listening to it, but Ray Bradbury had published this story in 1953! His insight into the future is amazing and all the more relevant today - over 60 years later.

For me, two things stand out in this story: Capt Beatty’s reflections (in the first part) about the history of how their society came to reject books, and the mindless contents on the Wall Panels (Mildred’s “Family”). Today, on the one hand, we are observing the shortening attention span of the society, and on the other hand, people are hooked on mindless social or entertainment media. Online videos including instructional ones are tightly edited to several minutes (eg on YouTube); news / documentaries are summarized to a few crisp lines and soundbites or made entertaining; we shut down if a speech is long so TED Talks are ~15 min and need to be “fun”. Meanwhile we get perpetually stuck on all kinds of modern gadgets - social media, computer games, entertainment etc. Is the future of our society already heading towards that described in this story...?

After the initial burst, the pace of the story slows. This brings about a reflective mood, but could be difficult to go through.

Tim Robbins is a superb reader. He captured the mood and texture of the story. For example you can feel the denseness of the dialogues between Guy Montag and Mildred, and the dreariness of existence. Most spellbinding was his reading of Matthew Arnold’s poem “Dover Beach”, which struck a chord deep in me. If only I had a literature teacher back in school who read like this, I could have grown up loving poetry!

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compelling, but a product of its time

Compelling story, although a bit dated. The premise is very interesting and Bradbury has a remarkable sense for striking prose. The story itself moves sometimes very quickly, sometimes aggressively poetically, and sometimes slows down completely to a philosophical dialogue. You can see why this book is high school English class bait. Some of the things it does, it does very beautifully. Bradbury writes with a sharp abandon at times, and there are some stunning passages.

There is some deeply-embedded sexism to engage with, however. Listening to this story, you might be forgiven for thinking that only men write stories or have been influential authors. You might also think that women come in just 2 varieties: "vapid nag" and "manic pixie dream teen". But if we are to believe Bradbury's own thesis, as we repeat stories over and over, not all of that story will survive, but hopefully enough of the important things will. So perhaps we can discard some of that sexism and inherrent racial bias when we tell this story anew.

Also: Do not let this narrator read for any more female characters, please. He was grating and whiney, and not just for the characters who were portrayed textually as vapid.

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Brilliant Novel. Brutal Narrator.

This novel is rightly celebrated as a great example of thought-provoking dystopian literature. Bradbury tackles censorship, psychological angst, overbearing government, war, and societal misinformation. The prose is fantastic, with phrase choices that show Bradbury's wordsmith genius.
Dialogue is powerful, plot events are gripping, and characters are remarkably memorable. Unfortunately, the text is a little too dramatic/poetic at times for my tastes

Tim Robbins is a brilliant actor with incredible range and a distinctive voice.
He sucks at reading.
He takes poorly-timed deep breaths and frequently runs out of breath before he runs out of sentence. He nearly shouts and annoyingly races through some passages. His choice of voices for some characters (e.g. Mildred) are nails-on-blackboard grating. Beatty morphs into an impression of Rush Limbaugh by Part III.

This amazing novel has a justified 'Classic' designation. It should easily be worth 5 out of 5 stars. I give this recording 2.5.

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No Books!

Great book, very similar feel of other Dystopian type books which makes it very enjoyable to read. Worth the time and $.

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  • Kim
  • 2020-02-09

Was not what I expected...

Well, I thought this was going to be about a dystopian world where they burn books... it is, to some degree. But I would say it's more a book about a man in the world. It was lacking depth, and somewhat boring. The narration wasn't great either. For some reason the narrator makes everyone who's not the main character sound drunk or high. And maybe it was justified in the story, but he YELLS A LOT, which isn't great for people with anxiety.
I almost quit half way through... I wanted to say I've read it though. Honestly, I wasn't missing anything.

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absolute masterpiece

I loved the performance and story I had me captivated from start to finish. h

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Superb!!

A must! If you only read one book in life, it should be this one.

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One of the greatest books ever written.

And one of the most hit and miss performances. Tim Robbins is exceptional fully half of the time and the other half sounds like he's trying to voice a new Gremlins movie. Read, this book, but perhaps read a physical copy, because the irreverent, childish reading of half of this book will pull you out of the masterful and thought provoking narrative.

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Timeless and timely

I read this in 1980 in High school English but it seems so much more urgent and relevant now.

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A compelling tale of a society that has become detached from others and from life

Old sci fi novels are fascinating to read, as one compares the vision of the author to the present reality and realizes jim or her as a visionary

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  • toolized
  • 2017-07-30

very talented reader, great writing

Now I understand why this book was taught in school. Such a great writing, and perfectly read with many tones and changes in speed or mood.

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  • Giroud69400
  • 2019-07-31

good !

nice voice and easy to understand (I'm french) ! and the story is very interesting

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  • CÉLINE A.
  • 2018-10-04

inutile

ce livre est en anglais! il nous est donc d aucune utilité ! 😠 pourquoi n y a t il pas de version française vu que nous sommes en France???

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  • Bertrand Leroy
  • 2017-08-23

Décu

je profite de l'offre d'essai et je me rend compte une fois le livre telechargé qu'il est en anglais !!
super d'ecouter un anglais quand on est francais...

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  • Joel
  • 2017-03-27

Wish I Hadn't Cliff Noted This in High School

I'm ashamed to say that during High School I made the grave mistake of using cliff notes to get through reading Fahrenheit 451. I did that for most books in High School and College and am just now going back and reading the for the first time. Like Orwell's 1984, Fahrenheit 451 is as relevant if not even more so in today's culture.

The first thing that struck me about Fahrenheit 451 is that it's actually a pretty straightforward and easy ready. Unlike many books that are "assigned reading" Fahrenheit 451 has a straightforward premise. It's set in a world where firefighters instead of putting out fires, start fires by burning books, and anyone associated with them.

What rang true most of all was towards the middle of the novel there's a scene in which the main character, Guy Montag is interacting with his wife and her two friends. It's a scene in which he reads a couple verses of poetry and the reactions of each of the characters was so distinct and so different that it took me off guard. The way in which Bradbury is able to convey the dichotomy between wanting to be happy and avoiding reality is something I wrestle with. Do I ignore the injustice in the world for my own happiness or do I fully embrace the fact that there are horrors taking place all around me?

And that's what I loved most of all about Fahrenheit 451, it made me contemplate my own life. I didn't find the story to be overly satisfying, especially the ending, but the questions it raises are profound. And its because of that, that I'm disappointed I hadn't read it earlier and urge anyone who likes my cliff noted my way through it to go back and enjoy this marvelous novel.

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  • Rawan91
  • 2018-05-23

Narrator awful!

The narrator was “too” enthusiastic. He was very predictable. I hated it when he read too fast and then too slow just to make things ‘more’ interesting. And the way he softened his voice was ughhhh so annoying.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 2017-07-04

Don't ask for guarantees

“Don't ask for guarantees. And don't look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were heading for shore.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

I read this in Jr. High. What a waste. I wasn't ready for Bradbury. I mean I liked Bradbury. I read a bunch of his short story collections and even dabbled with his books. But I failed at that young age to appreciate Bradbury's language. I was reading for plot. I missed the words, the texture, the depth of his words. There is a reason this is a classic and will continue to be a classic. It is damn good. It is important. It is still relevant and still sucks the wind right out of me. Save 100 books from my burning house. This might not be one of the hundred, but only because it is burned into my brain and I won't ever forget it.

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  • Katy
  • 2018-01-24

A Parable For Our Times

This book is a must-read for our times. The characters imprison themselves willingly in feel-good entertainment bubbles and resent and destroy anything that challenges them to stretch beyond their comfort zone. My favorite quote was, roughly, that we expect flowers to grow on flowers instead of good soil and rain... This book is good soil and rain for a curious stretching mind.

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  • Mark F. Hedengren
  • 2015-07-22

Tim Robbins Why?

What disappointed you about Fahrenheit 451?

Fahrenheit 451 the book is one of the best books in american literature. A lot of the power of the book is the dystopian world Ray Bradbury made for the story to live in. A world while full of normalcy is twisted to evil by it's fear of ideas and lack of books. The problem with Tim Robbins narration of this book is that he does all voices except our hero fireman with cartoonish flare. Good-bye all normal world with an odd twist. What we have is a world with one normal person and a bunch of cartoon characters. All the subtly or the dystopian world Ray Bradbury wrote into the book is destroyed with over the top bugs bunny acting. It's also abrasive to listen to such harsh fake voices for hours. It's a shame. I've really enjoyed the other classic read by major actors avertible on Audible.com

What other book might you compare Fahrenheit 451 to and why?

All of Ray Bradbury's books are amazing in their own way

How could the performance have been better?

The problem with Tim Robbins narration of this book is that he does all voices except our hero fireman with cartoonish flare. Good-bye all normal world with an odd twist. What we have is a world with one normal person and a bunch of cartoon characters. All the subtly or the dystopian world Ray Bradbury wrote into the book is destroyed with over the top bugs bunny acting.

What character would you cut from Fahrenheit 451?

None

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  • W Perry Hall
  • 2014-10-22

I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You

When I see a new release on audio of a classic book read by a great actor or actress, I'm in. Sometimes it doesn't work. Here, Tim Robbins' rhapsody perfectly pitches this futuro de fuego novel that for most of us was required reading in school. The boy I was surely did not appreciate Ray Bradbury's talent for telling fantastic stories or his prose or the value and experience of *Fahrenheit 451.*

This book, with Tim Robbin's narration, lit up my literary fervor with a tale of how life would be without books, and has ignited my interest in Ray Bradbury's other books.

More valuable than the credit spent, this enthralling audiobook is a reminder of the value of literature and, more than that, an infernal blast!

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  • Sarah Nelson
  • 2015-02-06

Can Tim Robbins read me all of my books?

I never read Fahrenheit 451 in school like most people, so this was my first time. The story was tragic, inspiring, and thought-provoking. And in a way, terrifying, like most dystopian future novels tend to be when we notice the similarities to present day society.

Tim Robbins was amazing. He shouts when he needs to, he gets excited, he gets flustered and embarrassed. So far Robbins has been the best to listen to.

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  • Lynne
  • 2018-09-05

Narrator ruined it for me

I could not get past the first chapter, Tim Robbins voice ruined it for me.

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  • J. Reese
  • 2017-08-02

Robbins dreadful

Robbins was dreadful, especially his character voices. was he even taking his job seriously? even without Robbins I don't think I'd have cared much for Bradbury's writing. More use of the word "like" than a teenage girl. characters not believable. world poorly built (especially on the heels of reading "1984" and "the Handmaid's Tale" just prior to this.

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  • Gohar
  • 2017-07-14

Classic (short) and trippy

This book has its moments where it starts blabbering like a trippy radio station. Why is it so short? It felt shorter than a short story. there is not much of character development. The story moves on really fast. The onus is more on the idea of destroying knowledge and making humans happy with brain dead entertainment. Story with the idea would have been better.

I expected narration to be top notch but Tim Robbins cannot do woman noises very well. It all came out whiny and annoying. Maybe their characters were suppose to be but he added something extra to it.

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