Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury (Read by Tim Robbins)
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 Goodreads.com: "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!