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  1. 0.1 hrs • Dec/06/2016 • Unabridged

    An adolescent boy stands patiently in the back of the long line of children waiting to sit on the lap of their local Santa Claus. Why is he there? What does he intend? What mysterious hopes does he hold for this holiday season? The answer arrives following a cryptic interaction between the two, when the reality of the boy’s awareness and the goals of the man in the red suit become clear.Dear Santa by Ray Bradbury is one of twenty short stories within Mulholland Books’s Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the biggest names in mystery from the Strand Magazine archives. View the full series list at mulhollandbooks.com and read them all!

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    Dear Santa

    Read by Joe Barrett
    0.1 hrs • Dec/06/2016 • Unabridged
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  2. 0.2 hrs • Sep/06/2016 • Unabridged

    One evening in South Florida, an author is dozing beside a swimming pool in when a stranger interrupts his peace. The newcomer, a self-professed fan and a literary agent of sorts, has a proposal for the author one that may shape the course of literary history. With just a few thousand words, this charming short story from Ray Bradbury may change the way you look at classic literature forever.One More Body in the Pool by Ray Bradbury is one of 20 short stories within Mulholland Books’s Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the biggest names in mystery from the Strand Magazine archives. View the full series list at mulhollandbooks.com and read them all!

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    One More Body in the Pool

    Read by Graham Halstead
    0.2 hrs • Sep/06/2016 • Unabridged
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  3. 4.8 hrs • Jun/07/2016 • Unabridged

    A journalist bearing terrible news leaps from a still-moving train into a small town of wonderful, impossible secrets . . . The doomed crew of a starship follows their blind, mad captain on a quest into deepest space to joust with destiny, eternity, and God Himself . . . Now and Forever is a bold new work from an incomparable artist whose stories have reshaped America's literary landscape. Two bewitching novellas—each distinctly different, yet uniquely Bradbury—demonstrate the breathtaking range of his undimmed talent and the irrepressible vitality of the mind, spirit, and heart of America's preeminent storyteller.

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    Now and Forever

    Read by Paul Hecht
    4.8 hrs • Jun/07/2016 • Unabridged
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  4. 2.0 hrs • Sep/17/2013 • Unabridged

    Born into a world with only seven days to live, Sim faces the same choice everyone does: how will he spend them? Is there something greater to hope for? A short story from Guys Read: Other Worlds, edited by Jon Scieszka.

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    Guys Read: Frost and Fire

    2.0 hrs • Sep/17/2013 • Unabridged
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  5. 12.2 hrs • Feb/01/2012 • Unabridged

    Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 is an enduring masterwork of twentieth-century American literature—a chilling vision of a dystopian future built on the foundations of ignorance, censorship, and brutal repression. The origins and evolution of Bradbury’s darkly magnificent tale are explored in A Pleasure to Burn, a collection of sixteen selected shorter works that prefigure the grand master’s landmark novel. With classic, thematically interrelated stories alongside many crucial lesser-known ones—including, at the collection’s heart, the novellas “Long after Midnight” and “The Fireman”—A Pleasure to Burn is an indispensable companion to the most powerful work of America’s preeminent storyteller and a wondrous confirmation of the inimitable Bradbury’s brilliance, magic, and fire. 

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    A Pleasure to Burn

    Read by Scott Brick
    12.2 hrs • Feb/01/2012 • Unabridged
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  6. 3.2 hrs • Nov/09/2011 • Unabridged

    On a Halloween night, eight boys are led on an incredible journey into the past by the mysterious “spirit” Moundshroud. Riding a dark autumn wind from ancient Egypt to the land of the Celtic druids, from Mexico to a cathedral in Paris, they will witness the haunting beginnings of the holiday called Halloween. Ray Bradbury’s evocative prose and imagery will send shivers of delight—and spine-chilling terror—through listeners young and old, long after the last candle has died in your jack-o’-lantern.

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    The Halloween Tree

    Read by Bronson Pinchot
    3.2 hrs • Nov/09/2011 • Unabridged
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  7. 3.5 hrs • Oct/31/2011 • Audio Theater

    Classic and modern tales of horror are presented for you in wide scream in the new Horrorscope series from The AudioComics Company. Short works by beloved authors are now full cast “short films” for your mind.This collection of ten stories of fright and terror includes:“The Nephews” by Rick Hautala, who also provides the introduction. There’s a reason why people stay away from The Nephews Islands, and these three fishermen are going to be reminded firsthand as to why!“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe—Poe’s classic tale of the ultimate revenge.“The Wind” by Ray Bradbury, in which an explorer finds himself stalked by a sentient wind.“The Derelict” by William Hope Hodgson. When seamen explore a derelict ship, it turns out to be much more than it appears.“The Cabin in the Woods” by Clay T. Graybeal. Ssssshhhhhhh … the walls have ears—and much, much more!“The Door Below” by Hugh B. Cave. A reporter and his girlfriend row to Dolphinback Island in search of clues to a grisly murder … and find much more than they bargained for.“The Horror of Walker Point” by Anthony S. Marino. A radio drama company find themselves besieged at their radio station by … zombies?!“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe. This is a contemporary adaptation of Poe’s classic tale of paranoia, murder, and DIY carpentry“The Statement of Randolph Carter” by H. P. Lovecraft, in which an occultist’s search for the supernatural ends up badly for him … and the world“Hollywood Ending,” adapted from the classic comics series Tales from the Crypt.

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  8. 8.9 hrs • Jan/24/2011 • Unabridged

    Ray Bradbury’s moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author’s most deeply personal work, a semiautobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928. Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole wide world that lies beyond the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather’s renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley’s bell on a hazy afternoon. It is yesteryear and tomorrow blended into an unforgettable always. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals whose mystical power holds time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine that can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future. Come and savor Ray Bradbury’s priceless distillation of all that is eternal about boyhood and summer.

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    Dandelion Wine

    8.9 hrs • Jan/24/2011 • Unabridged
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  9. 8.6 hrs • Dec/02/2010 • Unabridged

    Ray Bradbury's moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author's most deeply personal work, a semi-autobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928. Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole wide world that lies beyond the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather's renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley's bell on a hazy afternoon, It is yesteryear and tomorrow blended into an unforgettable always. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals whose mystical power holds time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine who can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future. Come and savor Bradbury's priceless distillation of all that is eternal about boyhood and summer.

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    Dandelion Wine

    Read by Stephen Hoye
    8.6 hrs • Dec/02/2010 • Unabridged
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  10. 12.1 hrs • Oct/27/2010 • Unabridged

    Ray Bradbury is a modern cultural treasure. His disarming simplicity of style underlies a towering body of work unmatched in metaphorical power by any other American storyteller. And here are thirty-two of his most famous tales-prime examples of the poignant and mysterious poetry that Bradbury uniquely uncovers in the depths of the human soul, the otherwordly portraits that spring from the canvas of one of the century's great men of imagination. From a lonely coastal lighthouse to a sixty-million-year-old safari, from the pouring rain of Venus to the ominous silence of a murder scene, Ray Bradbury is our sure-handed guide not only to surprising and outrageous manifestations of the future but also to the wonders of the present that we could never have imagined on our own. Track List for The Golden Apples of the Sun: Disc 1 "The Fog Horn"-Track 1 "The April Witch"-Track 8 "The Wilderness"-Track 16 "The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl"-Track 23 Disc 2 "The Flying Machine"-Track 6 "The Murderer"-Track 10 "The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind"-Track 17 "I See You Never"-Track 21 "Embroidery"-Track 24 Disc 3 "The Big Black and White Game"-Track 1 "The Great Wide World Over There"-Track 9 "Powerhouse"-Track 18 Disc 4 "En La Noche"-Track 1 "Sun and Shadow"-Track 4 "The Meadow"-Track 10 "The Garbage Collector"-Track 22 Disc 5 "The Great Fire"-Track 1 "The Golden Apples of the Sun"-Track 6 "R Is for Rocket"-Track 12 "The End of the Beginning"-Track 24 Disc 6 "The Rocket"-Track 1 "The Rocket Man"-Track 9 "A Sound of Thunder"-Track 18 Disc 7 "The Long Rain"-Track 3 "The Exiles"-Track 13 "Here There Be Tygers"-Track 24 Disc 8 "The Strawberry Window"-Track 10 "The Dragon"-Track 18 "Frost and Fire"-Track 20 Disc 10 "Uncle Einar"-Track 7 "The Time Machine"-Track 14 "The Sound of Summer Running"-Track 21

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    The Golden Apples of the Sun

    12.1 hrs • Oct/27/2010 • Unabridged
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  11. 16.1 hrs • Oct/20/2010 • Unabridged

    The mind of Ray Bradbury is a wonder-filled carnival of delight and terror that stretches from the verdant Irish countryside to the coldest reaches of outer space. Yet all his work is united by one common thread: a vivid and profound understanding of the vast set of emotions that bring strength and mythic resonance to our frail species. Bradbury characters may find themselves anywhere and anywhen. A horrified mother may give birth to a strange blue pyramid. A man may take Abraham Lincoln out of the grave-and meet another who puts him back. An amazing Electrical Grandmother may come to live with a grieving family. An old parrot may have learned over long evenings to imitate the voice of Ernest Hemingway, and become the last link to the last link to the great man. A priest on Mars may confront his fondest dream: to meet the Messiah. Each of these magnificent creations has something to tell us about our own humanity-and all of their fates await you in this collection of twenty-eight classic Bradbury stories and one luscious poem. Travel on an unpredictable and unforgettable literary journey, safe in the hands of the century's great man of imagination. Track List for I Sing the Body Electric!: Disc 1 "The Kilimanjaro Device"-Track 1 "The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place"-Track 9 "Tomorrow's Child"-Track 21 Disc 2 "The Women"-Track 10 "The Inspired Chicken Motel"-Track 17 Disc 3 "Downwind from Gettysburg"-Track 2 "Yes, We'll Gather at the River"-Track 14 "The Cold Wind and the Warm"-Track 21 Disc 4 "Night Call, Collect"-Track 12 "The Haunting of the New"-Track 19 Disc 5 "I Sing the Body Electric!"-Track 12 Disc 6 "The Tombling Day"-Track 12 Disc 7 "Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby's Is a Friend of Mine"-Track 2 Disc 8 "Heavy-Set"-Track 1 "The Man in the Rorschach Shirt"-Track 8 "Henry the Ninth"-Track 18 Disc 9 "The Lost City of Mars"-Track 2 Disc 10 "The Blue Bottle"-Track 5 "One Timeless Spring"-Track 12 "The Parrot Who Met Papa"-Track 18 Disc 11 "The Burning Man"-Track 9 "A Piece of Wood"-Track 15 "The Messiah"-Track 19 Disc 12 "G.B.S.-Mark V"-Track 6 "The Utterly Perfect Murder"-Track 15 "Punishment Without Crime"-Track 21 Disc 13 "Getting Through Sunday Somehow"-Track 4 "Drink Entire: Against the Madness of Crowds"-Track 11 "Christus Apollo"-Track 22

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    I Sing the Body Electric!

    Read by Dick Hill
    16.1 hrs • Oct/20/2010 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.4 hrs • Aug/31/2010 • Unabridged

    Toiling away amid the looming palm trees and decaying bungalows, a struggling young writer (who bears a strong resemblance to Ray Bradbury himself) spins fantastic stories from his fertile imagination upon his clacking typewriter. Trying not to miss his girlfriend, who is away studying in Mexico, the nameless writer steadily crafts his literary efforts-until strange things begin happening around him. The writer first receives a series of peculiar phone calls, then finds clumps of seaweed on his doorstep. And, as the incidents escalate, his friends fall victim to a series of mysterious "accidents"-some of them fatal. Aided by Elmo Crumley, a savvy, street-smart detective, and a reclusive actress of yesteryear with an intense hunger for life, the wordsmith sets out to find the connection between the bizarre events and, in doing so, uncovers the truth about his own creative abilities.

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    Death Is a Lonely Business

    Read by Peter Berkrot
    8.4 hrs • Aug/31/2010 • Unabridged
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  13. 9.1 hrs • Aug/17/2010 • Unabridged

    Ray Bradbury brings wonders alive. A peerless American storyteller, his oeuvre has been celebrated for decades-from the Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 to Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comes. The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury-a collection of tales that breathe and move, animated by sharp, intaken breath and flexing muscle. Here are eighteen startling visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body. The images, ideas, sounds, and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful: the mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into a vast, empty space of stars and blackness; the sight of grey dust settling over a forgotten outpost on a road that leads nowhere; the pungent odor of Jupiter on a returning father's clothing. Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth, widely believed to be one of the grandmaster's premier accomplishments: 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. The stories contained in The Illustrated Man are "Prologue: The Illustrated Man," "The Veldt," "Kaleidoscope," "The Other Foot," "The Highway," "The Man," "The Long Rain," "The Rocket Man," "The Last Night of the World," "The Exiles," "No Particular Night or Morning," "The Fox and the Forest," "The Visitor," "The Concrete Mixer," "Marionettes, Inc. ," "The City," "Zero Hour," "The Rocket," and "The Illustrated Man."

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    The Illustrated Man

    Read by Scott Brick
    9.1 hrs • Aug/17/2010 • Unabridged
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  14. 5.6 hrs • Aug/17/2010 • Unabridged

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

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    Fahrenheit 451

    Read by Stephen Hoye
    5.6 hrs • Aug/17/2010 • Unabridged
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  15. 9.0 hrs • Aug/09/2010 • Unabridged

    In twenty-two stories of amazing range and variety, Ray Bradbury once again works his special magic, sounding out life’s mysteries in the past, present, and future.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 Manhattan July 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 forty-eight, 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 book, 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 part of our interior landscape since The Martian Chronicles. His characters range from the “ordinary”—a rookie cop, an unhappy wife on vacation in Mexico, and 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.

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    Long After Midnight

    9.0 hrs • Aug/09/2010 • Unabridged
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  16. 2.0 hrs • Aug/06/2010 • Audio Theater

    On a Halloween night, eight boys are led on an incredible journey into the past by the mysterious “spirit” Moundshroud. Riding a dark autumn wind from ancient Egypt to the land of the Celtic druids, from Mexico to a cathedral in Paris, they will witness the haunting beginnings of the holiday called Halloween. Featuring the evocative prose and imagery of Ray Bradbury, the fine acting of the Colonial Radio Theatre players, and atmospheric music and sound effects, this story will send shivers of delight (and spine-chilling terror) through listeners young and old, long after the last candle has died in your jack-o’-lantern.

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    The Halloween Tree

    Read by a full cast
    2.0 hrs • Aug/06/2010 • Audio Theater
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