Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Downloadable Audiobook - 1967?
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Simon and Schuster,, [1967?]
ISBN: 9781400198184
Characteristics: audio file,rda
1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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jandt_mcmurray
Jul 19, 2017

It's a world in which firefighters start fires rather than put them out. Wars break out because people disagree about whether a person should be allowed to own & read a book. Having an independent thought could get you killed. The only way to ensure that you'll survive another day is to go with the flow, be just another fish in the sea swimming with the currant. Guy Montag, a firefighter, meets a girl that changes his perspective on everything. Know that he has an independent thought that has awoken his conscience, he is faced with the final question: what to do next. Swimming against the currant could mean saying his final farewell. But what is a life anyway if a person isn't able to experience free will? Montag prepares for battle, a battle for freedom, a battle for life.

I can't say that I really enjoyed the story overall, but if you read it with an open mind, looking to take SOMETHING away from reading it, you're sure to come away thinking more thoughts than you started the story with. I believe Bradbury wants to the reader to evaluate for themselves the value of a book, every book. Books make us feel something. Books help us know what kind of person we want or don't want to be. Books remind us that we are alive. What would our world be like without all of these different thoughts, different dreams, facts, opinions, fears, ideas? I finished this book reminded of how thankful I am that I not only can READ, but that I have FREE access to almost any book I would like to indulge myself in.

Age recommendation: 14 & up (some violence)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 6.

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LibraryUser53
Nov 15, 2014

Published in the rarefied atmosphere of 1953 -- immediately following the atrocities of WWII, and concurrent with hydrogen bomb development and the cold war threats. It's not overly surprising then that Bradbury posits a future 100 years hence where wars are never-ending, public discourse about political ideas is suppressed, newspapers are obsoleted, all available information is controlled in an electronic cloud and divy'd out only to certain individuals, and even then, only when absolutely necessary. And the citizens, with little control over their lives and nothing else to do other than their low-paid menial work-a-day work, are placated with high tech big screen flat panel TV featuring soap opera dramas, game shows, and sports galore, with fantastic surround-sound. Sound familiar? On the minus side, Bradbury's prose is a little self-indulgent, at times taking ten pages to say in an obtuse way what could be said directly in one. This is a story that is better listened to than read, but even better is to listen and read the parts again where Bradbury goes off on one of his poetic-induced stanzas. If you can get past that, overall, recommended.

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DellaV
Nov 06, 2013

Yes, Ray Bradbury definitely should not have read this book. You can read silently faster than he reads aloud; and he seems bored by his own writing, which bored my homeschooler practically to tears and the pace interefered with the ability to comprehend what was being said. The written book is awesome, of course; this spoken word version is difficult to get through.

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mbcost
Feb 04, 2013

An interesting book is nearly ruined by the author's reading of it. Bradbury should have hired someone else to read his work.

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JohnnyArch
Oct 29, 2012

An excellent reread with a little different perspective now from within my earlier middle-teenager role in the psychedelic 70’s.
Having said that, this novel ranks as a notable ‘period piece’ body of working coming off the heels of WWII and the regimented rule of Nazi culture. The plot is basic but all the subtleties with ‘man against man’ and ‘man against himself’ themes make an enjoyable read, as well as you can be confident you are engaging in somewhat of a literary sci-fi classic.
The setting was considered to be the far future from the perspective of 1953. The author was quoted as thinking of around the year 2000… a while ago now. Firemen are subjected to ‘starting’ fires as in burning books which have been deemed contraband by the ruling government in present civil society. The thing is…just about ‘all’ books are deemed corruptive and anti-social including works of poetry, the classics such as Shakespeare as well as the Bible itself.
Society is kept drugged into a submissive state of eternal happy whereas original and free thought is practically non-existent. Enter the protagonist Fireman Guy Montag who begins lifting books from ongoing fire calls and secretly pouring over them at home hidden away from his automaton wife.
Fahrenheit 451 by the way is the auto ignition temperature point whereas paper will burn. Bet you didn’t know that! A later 3rd edition even clad the cover in asbestos board. Wonder where those literary cancer shells are residing now? You may want to stick with the e-book edition released in 2011. 

By John Archibald, October 2012

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Mark Melnychuk
Jun 10, 2012

This is an only a slightly over-rated classic. The first two parts of the book are rather tedious and lack true insight into how the great books in our society will become irrelevant. No brutal, oppressive regime, as depicted in the novel, is necessary for the demise of great literature. Instead the culprits are the dumbing down of our educational systems, the seduction of the internet, the dumbing down of the literary canon with many great writers of the past no longer being taught because they are “dead white males” and supposedly promoters of an oppressive patriarchal society. Bradbury could never have guessed that so much great literature would have fallen prey to political correctness and sexist politics.
The third and final part of the novel is very exciting, dramatic, meaningful and has so far saved the novel from oblivion. This novel is still worth reading and much better than the vast majority of dystopian novels. I can think of only three that I definitely prefer: Orwell's 1984, Huxley's Brave New World, Golding's Lord of the Rings.

I love this book. If you understand it you can get a lot out of it. I'm 14 and i found this book to be amazing.

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Jul 19, 2017

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