Published May 1950
I borrowed an audio book version from my library saving me $14.99
The strange and wonderful tale of man’s experiences on Mars, filled with intense images and astonishing visions. Now part of the Voyager Classics collection.
The Martian Chronicles tells the story of humanity’s repeated attempts to colonize the red planet. The first men were few. Most succumbed to a disease they called the Great Loneliness when they saw their home planet dwindle to the size of a fist. They felt they had never been born. Those few that survived found no welcome on Mars. The shape-changing Martians thought they were native lunatics and duly locked them up.
But more rockets arrived from Earth, and more, piercing the hallucinations projected by the Martians. People brought their old prejudices with them – and their desires and fantasies, tainted dreams. These were soon inhabited by the strange native beings, with their caged flowers and birds of flame.
I’ve recently decided to give audio books a try. It is getting warmer and I want to spend more time working outside in the garden and I thought it would a great way to get two things done at once. I could keep up with my reading and get the chores I’ve been neglecting done as well. After searching through the library’s online catalog I decided to go with this title for my first venture into the audio book format. On that front I did enjoy the book. As with e-books, it is simply a matter of adjusting to another way of consuming a story. Stephen Hoye read the version of this book that I listened to and I think he did a fine job. I can see why people follow different narrators around from title to title, when you find one that works for you, you want to stick with them. I still felt like I was missing parts of the story as I listened. I don’t think I retain or imagine the plot as much as if I had read the book myself. My mind would focus on what I was doing and I realized I wasn’t paying attention to the story anymore. I do think I will give more audio books a try though, just pick ones where I’m okay with missing bits and pieces.
My Rating: 2 Stars