Published in 1953 it was amazingly prescient about the future. Now 50 years on, people do have wall sized (or nearly) televisions, devices to fit in the ear and listen to music or converse with other people. Thankfully we are still allowed to read books! But in Bradbury’s tale of the future books are banned, they get people too riled up. Those caught harboring the written word are arrested and their books destroyed. Guy Montag is a fireman, his job to destroy books; houses are now sheathed in unburnable plastic so firemen start fires, with books, rather than put them out. He doesn’t’ think much about his role in the world or his personal happiness or lack thereof. Until one night he meets Clarissa, a young neighbor, who does think about these things, she challenges Guy’s complacency and a friendship forms. With Clarisse he talks, has real conversations that leave him unsettled. Mildred, Guy’s wife, spends her days staring at their walls of television, her moods adjusted by pharmaceuticals. A traumatic event on a call that gets out of hand tips Guy over the edge, he starts questioning his role and trying to find the answers in forbidden books.— Deon Stonehouse
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.
About the Author
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and poet. Among his best-known works are "The Martian Chronicles," "The Illustrated Man," and "Fahrenheit 451."
Stephen Hoye has won more than a dozen "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and two prestigious APA Audie Awards, including one for "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert T. Kiyosaki. He has recorded many other notable titles, such as "Every Second Counts" by Lance Armstrong and "The Google Story" by David A. Vise and Mark Malseed.
"Stephen Hoye's narration is perfectly matched to the subject matter: his tone is low and ominous, and his cadence shifts with the prose to ratchet up tension and suspense." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Audio Review