The Martian Chronicles

audio cd

Published Dec. 9, 2014 by Brilliance Audio.

ISBN:
978-1-4915-8458-3
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4 stars (183 reviews)

This is a collection of science fiction short stories, cleverly cobbled together to form a coherent and very readable novel about a future colonization of Mars. As the stories progress chronologically the author tells how the first humans colonized Mars, initially sharing the planet with a handful of Martians. When Earth is devastated by nuclear war the colony is left to fend for itself and the colonists determine to build a new Earth on Mars.

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Review of 'The Martian Chronicles (The Grand Master Editions)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Poetic science fiction. Mind it it’s more of a loose collection on short stories rather than a fully coherent novel. It’s less technical and science-y and more philosophical and poetic. But thoroughly enjoyable. The audio version as narrated by the author really brings the book to life - recommend that over reading it.

Review of 'The Martian Chronicles' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is less science fiction and more a parable about the self-destructive nature of the American Dream. The book is not one long novel but a collection of short stories set at various points in the history of America's colonization of Mars - because somehow it only ever seems to be Americans who make it out there. As such, it's like a series of snapshots through a much wider span of time than a novel would normally cover, and creates a broader view of a greater story arc that underscores the naivete and self-obsession of the humans.

Although the science was probably sketchy even at the time it was written and is now clearly wrong in every possible aspect, at a higher level it does a good job looking at how humans approach things like Mars colonization with such human-centered attitudes and expectations that when the Martians react in utterly …

Review of 'The Martian Chronicles' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

“The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury is a book I wanted to like so much. It is considered by many to be a classic of science fiction and it was the novel that launched Bradbury into prominence. His brilliance and poetic sensibilities shine through here. But the structure of loosely connected stories that may or may not take place on Mars (many of them were previous published and then put into this collection) make the whole work a bit less than the sum of its parts.

The basic premise of the novel is the settlement of Mars by humans from Earth and the gradual destruction of Earth. Mars as Bradbury portrays it once had a thriving civilization that was destroyed with the arrival of humanity. It is a planet of canals and crystal cities. Humans establish new cities and spaces but the memory of those who were once there continues …

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