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The Golden Apples of the Sun: And Other Stories

The Golden Apples of the Sun: And Other Stories

Escrito por Ray Bradbury

Narrado por Michael Prichard

The Golden Apples of the Sun: And Other Stories

Escrito por Ray Bradbury

Narrado por Michael Prichard

4.5/5 (12 avaliações)
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Lançado em:
Oct 27, 2010


Ray Bradbury is a modern cultural treasure. His disarming simplicity of style underlies a towering body of work unmatched in metaphorical power by any other American storyteller. And here are thirty-two of his most famous tales-prime examples of the poignant and mysterious poetry that Bradbury uniquely uncovers in the depths of the human soul, the otherwordly portraits that spring from the canvas of one of the century's great men of imagination. From a lonely coastal lighthouse to a sixty-million-year-old safari, from the pouring rain of Venus to the ominous silence of a murder scene, Ray Bradbury is our sure-handed guide not only to surprising and outrageous manifestations of the future but also to the wonders of the present that we could never have imagined on our own.

Track List for The Golden Apples of the Sun:

Disc 1

"The Fog Horn"-Track 1

"The April Witch"-Track 8

"The Wilderness"-Track 16

"The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl"-Track 23

Disc 2

"The Flying Machine"-Track 6

"The Murderer"-Track 10

"The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind"-Track 17

"I See You Never"-Track 21

"Embroidery"-Track 24

Disc 3

"The Big Black and White Game"-Track 1

"The Great Wide World Over There"-Track 9

"Powerhouse"-Track 18

Disc 4

"En La Noche"-Track 1

"Sun and Shadow"-Track 4

"The Meadow"-Track 10

"The Garbage Collector"-Track 22

Disc 5

"The Great Fire"-Track 1

"The Golden Apples of the Sun"-Track 6

"R Is for Rocket"-Track 12

"The End of the Beginning"-Track 24

Disc 6

"The Rocket"-Track 1

"The Rocket Man"-Track 9

"A Sound of Thunder"-Track 18

Disc 7

"The Long Rain"-Track 3

"The Exiles"-Track 13

"Here There Be Tygers"-Track 24

Disc 8

"The Strawberry Window"-Track 10

"The Dragon"-Track 18

"Frost and Fire"-Track 20

Disc 10

"Uncle Einar"-Track 7

"The Time Machine"-Track 14

"The Sound of Summer Running"-Track 21
Lançado em:
Oct 27, 2010

Sobre o autor

In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. An Emmy Award winner for his teleplay The Halloween Tree and an Academy Award nominee, he was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.

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  • (4/5)
    "A Sound of Thunder & Other Stories" is a collection of Ray Bradbury short stories published between 1943 and 1956. Originally published as "The Golden Apples of the Sun", the collection features 32 of Bradbury's best short stories. I read "A Sound Of Thunder" at school many years ago but I have always remembered it as one of the great sci-fi tales of all times. Ray Bradburys stories have a timeless appeal.
  • (5/5)
    This is an incredibly short story that packs a punch. It's one of those simple as hell stories that makes you think for hours afterwards. Take Concept #1: At the heart of the story is a travel/safari company that advertizes, "Safaris to Any Year in the Past. You Name the Animal. We Take You There. You Kill It." Let that digest. That alone is definitely something to ponder. Concept #2: The main character of the story, Eckles, wants to kill a dinosaur. Not just any dinosaur, but the king of all prehistoric lizards - the tyrannosaurus rex. Contemplate that. What would it take to kill such a beast? Concept #3: the safari can only kill an animal predestined to die or else the future will hang in the balance. Kill the wrong thing and you might upset the whole apple cart of life as you know it. And guess what, Eckles accidentally kills a butterfly, upsetting the path to the present. Concept #4: before leaving present day Eckles learns that a benevolent leader has just beaten out a tyrannical dictator for President. You can see where this is going.
  • (5/5)

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    Good Lord, was this short story awesome. That's all I can say. Do read this if you're into the butterfly effect, time travel and all that mindblowing shiz.

    PS Ray Bradbury is now one of my favorite authors of all time in the dystopian genre.

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  • (3/5)
    When I found out Ray Bradbury died back in June, I was admittedly heartbroken. He was one of my first introductions to sci-fi, and aside from one book, I’ve always enjoyed his work. (Still not a fan of Something Wicked This Way Comes.) But admittedly, I haven’t read very much from Bradbury so I quickly rectified this.

    So I picked up this collection, notably containing “The Fog Horn” and “A Sound of Thunder,” to help bolster my collection. And I did like this collection. The both halves of the book contain more introspective slice-of-life tales that do take a darker look at the nostalgic days of childhood that Bradbury really likes (particularly with “I See You Never” and “The Big Black and White Game”) as well as genre-defying tales (STRONG reads for “The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind,” “Embroidery” and “The Exiles.”) And yet, there’s also ones that don’t work for me. (Like the aforementioned “A Sound of Thunder.” I know, classic but…I don’t know. Maybe because I know the twist already.)

    That said, I do like this collection, and would give it a fair shot to anyone l think would like a quick handful of short reads.
  • (4/5)
    This book of short stories was hit or miss for me, though more hit than miss, especially the scifi stories.The opening story, "The Fog Horn," was haunting and beautiful. I really enjoyed it, though that's not too surprising since it involved the sea.One day many years ago a man walked along and stood in the sound of the ocean on a cold sunless sure and said, "We need a voice to call across the water, to warn ships; I'll make one. I'll make a voice like all of time and all of the fog that ever was; I'll make a voice that is like an empty bed beside you all night long, and like an empty house when you open the door, and like trees in autumn with no leaves. A sound like the birds flying south, crying, and a sound like November wind and the sea on the hard, cold shore. I'll make a sound that's so alone that no one can miss it, that whoever hears it will weep in their souls, and hearths will seem warmer, and being inside will seem better to all who hear it in the distant towns. I'll make me sound and an apparatus and they'll call it a Fog Horn and whoever hears it will know the sadness of eternity and the briefness of life.The Fog Horn"The April Witch" was definitely creepy, definitely Bradbury.I really enjoyed "The Wilderness" - it was unique and I dug the scifi aspect.They floated in an immense sigh above a town already made remote by the little space between themselves and the Earth, a town receding behind them in a black river and coming up in a tidal wave of lights and color ahead, untouchable and a dream now, already smeared in their eyes with nostalgia, with a panic of memory that began before the thing itself was gone.The Wilderness"The Big Black and White Game" really got to me."The Murderer" was really telling of our current times, and prescient considering it was written in the 1950s."The Great Wide World Over There" was pretty depressing.The morning blew away on a wind, the morning flowed down the creek, the morning flew off with some ravens, and the sun burned on the cabin roof.The Great Wide World Over There"The Great Fire" cracked me up!The second part of the book, sort of second part, which started with a letter from the author, seemed to be made up of mostly scifi stories, which I enjoyed overall. I thought the first story following the note (which had sexist notes but was written in the 60s so I guess I can give it a pass), "R is for Rocket," was really good (again in spite of the sexist tone)."The End of the Beginning," about going into space to build a space station, was full of brilliant writing.All I know is it's really the end of the beginning. The Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age; from now on we'll lump all those together under one big name for when we walked on Earth and heard the birds at morning and cried with envy. Maybe we'll call it the Earth Age, or maybe the Age of Gravity. Millions of years we fought gravity. When we were amoebas and fish we struggled to get out of the sea without gravity crushing us. Once safe on the shore we fought to stand upright without gravity breaking our new invention, the spine, tried to walk without stumbling, run without falling. A billion years Gravity kept us home, mocked us with wind and clouds, cabbage moths and locusts. That's what's so really big about tonight . . . it's the end of old man Gravity and the age we'll remember him by, for once and all. I don't know where they'll divide the ages, at the Persians, who dreamt of flying carpets, or the Chinese, who all unknowing celebrated birthdays and New Years with strung ladyfingers and high skyrockets, or some minute, some incredible second in the next hour. But we're in at the end of a billion years trying, the end of something long and to us humans, anyway, honorable.

    Tonight, he thought, even if we fail with this first, we'll send a second and a third ship and move on out to all the planets and later, all the stars. We'll just keep going until the big words like immortal and forever take on meaning. Big words, yes, that's what we want. Continuity. Since our tongues first moved in our mouths we've asked. What does it all mean? No other question made sense, with death breathing down our necks. But just let us settle in on ten thousand worlds spinning around ten thousand alien suns and the question will fade away. Man will be endless and infinite, even as space is endless and infinite. Man will go on, as space goes on, forever. Individuals will die as always, but our history will reach as far as we'll ever need to see into the future, and with the knowledge of our survival for all time to come, we'll know security and thus the answer we've always searched for. Gifted with life, the least we can do is preserve and pass on the gift to infinity. That's a goal worth shooting for.The End of the Beginning

    There was "A Sound of Thunder," which was essentially the main attraction of this book. A movie by the same name came out a few years ago - and it was pretty laughably terrible. The original story is much better (albeit much shorter as well)."The Exiles" started off really eh but I liked the ending."Here There Be Tygers" was interesting to consider; it could be a Doctor Who story. But the Doctor wouldn't approve of Chatterton, whom I wanted to die right away (though that's not a very Doctor-y thought either). His thoughts were also reminiscent of Avatar.You have to beat a planet at its own game," said Chatterton. "Get in and rip it up, kill its snakes, poison its animals, dam its rivers, sow its fields, depollinate its air, mine it, nail it down, hack away at it, and get the blazes out from under when you have what you want. Otherwise, a planet will fix you good. You can't trust planets. They're bound to be different, bound to be bad, bound to be out to get you, especially this far out, a billion miles from nowhere, so you get them first. Tear their skin off, I say. Drag out the minerals and run away before the nightmare world explodes in your face. That's the way to treat them."Here There Be Tygers"Frost and Fire" was a compelling story.The nightmare of the living was begun.Frost and FireEnjoyed "The Time Machine" - it was sweet despite the subject matter.War's never a winning thing, Charlie. You just lose all the time, and the one who loses last asks for terms.The Time MachineI also enjoyed:- The Flying Machine- I See You Never- The Rocket- The Rocket ManI think this one is worth a read. Final rating: 3.5 stars.
  • (5/5)
    overall this was a great book. it's a collection which includes sci-fi, fantasy, and a couple regular fiction stories. a few of the stories were not to my liking so much but some of my favorites were The Fog Horn, The April Witch, The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl, The Murderer, Embroidery, Sun and Shadow, A Sound of Thunder, and The Exiles.
  • (4/5)
    A retrospective of the most well-known of Bradbury's early stories, this collection includes several classics, a few clunkers and a handful of surprising gems. Bradbury switches genres with ease, dabbling in science fiction, horror, fantasy and general fiction with ease."A Sound of Thunder" is the most well known story here, a tale of time travel and its possible consequences on the present. Many of the stories, especially those selected from his earlier collection R is for Rocket, center on a quaint notion of space travel. These tend to have not aged well.My personal favorite was "Frost and Fire", a tale of a group of humans stranded on a Mercury-like planet; due to the intense heat of daytime and the subzero temperatures at night, they can only venture out of their caves at dawn and dusk for an hour each time. Due to the planet's proximity to its star, the radiation has altered their metabolism so that their lifespan lasts 8 days; in those 8 days they experience birth, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, adulthood, middle age, old age and death. One young man attempts to escape the planet and its 8 day death sentence.Overall, even the less refined stories deserve a perusal as Bradbury turns a phrase like few other writers.