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  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (5,412 ratings)

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Fahrenheit 451

By: Ray Bradbury
Narrated by: Tim Robbins
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Editor reviews

Editors Select, October 2014 - I credit Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 as one of the books that sparked my love of reading, and now that I'm an avid listener, I'm excited to be able to experience the story anew with Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) narrating. Robbins' tone expertly mirrors the story's narrative – shifting effortlessly from somber and contemplative to suspenseful and terrifying. Each character, from the rebellious protagonist Guy Montag, to the enigmatic Clarisse McClellan, to the gruff Captain Beatty is distinct and realistic, making this frightening future seem all the more possible. Whether you enjoyed the book in a high school English class or never quite got around to it, every book lover should experience this poignant version of a dystopian classic.

—Sam, Audible Editor

Summary

Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-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.

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Critic reviews

"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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Fantastic story, worth getting into...

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The story is a classic, but the narration takes some getting into. The voice acting for the characters is great throughout, but the narration in the early scenes feels a little rushed and, at times, a little clunky. It gets better as you go through the book, and there are some points in which Tim Robbins really captures the frustration and drama of the world in which the protagonist lives. By halfway, the narrating style had me on the edge of my seat, so well worth persevering with if you find it poor at the start. As i say, the story itself is great. A really fantastic tale and a great overall audiobook.

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Fahrenheit 451

Compulsive listening. A world without books would be a frightening thought. Knowledge of for everyone.

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Not great.

I won't be getting one narrated by Tim again. The plot is ok, it's well written, and badly narrated.

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meh

not a bad listen I guess.... not much to say, at least it was short

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narrating limited, female voices sounded comical

dissapointed, story lacked story, the characters were weakly contrived. the concept the only thing that was interesting

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A must read for all.

Original approach to a predicted totalitarian future.
Thought provoking. As relevant today as when it was first written.
The story and its characters stir emotions and thoughts that promise stay in the shadows of your memories long after the final word.

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still relevant

a story that unfortunately continues to have something to tell us. wonderfully told and enjoyable

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Outstanding

I listened to the audiobook version of Fahrenheit 451 performed by Tim Robbins. An outstanding performance. The epitome of the perfect audiobook.

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Breathtaking performance for an outstanding story

loved it and could not put it down until I finished it and re-listened to it. The story is thought provoking, gripping and captures emotions so well that you feel like you are the one feeling the feels.

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Yeah, interesting themes, underwhelming denoument

Really into it, but following the climax I found the book to be fairly disappointing.

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