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Monday, December 15, 2014

Audiobook Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Read by Tim Robbins)

Title:  Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury (Read by Tim Robbins)
Format: Audiobook
Publisher: Audible
Publish Date: 1953 (Audiobook released October 2014)
Source: I received a copy from the publisher; however, this did not affect my review.

What's the Story?:

From "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."

My Two Cents:

"Fahrenheit 451" is one of the original books on the dangers of banning books. Like many other book lovers, this book is definitely one of my favorites (and if you are a book lover and you have not read this book, get ye to the book store and pick up this book for your own collection and then read it and then read it again).

So in this book, we have Guy, a fireman. In this mixed up (and absolutely frightening world for book lovers) world, it is his job to destroy the written word. If it's a book, it has to go. No one in this world is supposed to read. Everyone must watch television instead. There is no room for thinking out of the box. Eventually he sees the light and realizes that books are sort of awesome and worthy of protecting. See, it's easy to see why this book is still a favorite for so many readers. The story has a great message and serves as a great warning too. This is definitely a book that has stood the test of time and I still love it!

This book is still by far one of my favorite dystopian novels. I have read this book a couple times before and while I have loved it every single time, I might have liked this time a little bit better. I listened to this book for the first time on audiobook, which provided a brand new perspective on this old favorite. Better yet, the book is read by Tim Robbins, a great actor and a person whose voice I really love. I loved the life he brought to this book. It definitely made for a really special experience. Even if you think that you know this book well, Robbins gives the story a new spin and is most definitely worth listening to!


  1. This book has been on my Kindle forever but I haven't read it yet. I need to do that!

    1. I definitely think that it's one that all book lovers can appreciate! The world would be too scary without our beloved books :)

  2. I have a copy of this on my shelf but I've never been interested in reading it. Possibly because it was 'required reading' for my kids HS classes. My theory....there is no quicker way to spoil the appeal of a book by making it 'required' reading! But your review makes it sound really interesting! I'm going to add it to my 2015 'required'!

  3. great review, I love to take a listen...


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