Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audiobooks ; [Boulder, Colo. : Made available electronically by] NetLibrary, 2007
ISBN: 9780786153565
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital, wma file


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Feb 06, 2016

A rather short book with a simple but important idea (I won't ruin it for those of you who have not read or listened to it before). The narration is OK, somewhat scraping.

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.

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