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A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories [Kindle Edition]

Ray Bradbury
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Book Description

With his disarmingly simple style and complex imagination, Ray Bradbury has seized the minds of American readers for decades.This collection showcases thirty-two of Bradbury's most famous tales in which he lays bare the depths of the human soul. The thrilling title story, A Sound of Thunder, tells of a hunter sent on safari -- sixty million years in the past. But all it takes is one wrong step in the prehistoric jungle to stamp out the life of a delicate and harmless butterfly -- and possibly something else much closer to home ...

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About the Author

The author of more than thirty books, Ray Bradbury is one of the most celebrated fiction writers of our time. Among his best-known works are Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. In 2000, Mr. Bradbury was honored by the National Book Foundation with a medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He is the winner of the 2004 National Medal of Arts and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. In 2007, he was awarded a medal naming him a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France's highest cultural award. His most recent books include Now and Forever, Farewell Summer, and From the Dust Returned. Mr. Bradbury lives in Los Angeles.

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  • File Size: 847 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
'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. In 'The Fog Horn,' the inspiration for the 1953 black and white science fiction classic `The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms,' the nameless protagonist and his boss are putting in a night's work at a remote lighthouse when the resonating fog horn attracts one of many `mysteries of the sea.' In the futuristic tale `The Pedestrian,' Bradbury presents an eerie tale that might make you think twice before you step outside for an evening walk. And in `A Sound of Thunder' upon which the Peter Hyams film of 2005 is loosely based - very, very loosely - Time Safari, Inc. promises safaris anywhere in time to hunt prehistoric animals. Every precaution is implemented to avoid a time paradox and disturbing history, based on the principle that even the slightest change can cause major changes in the future. Travelers may only shoot animals already predestined for death by natural causes or circumstances at the exact moment and are required to stay on a path that hovers above the ground. Unfortunately for the protagonist, he unintentionally deviates from the path and takes one small errant step...

Ray Bradbury, perhaps best-known today for his work `Fahrenheit 451', had once seized the minds of American readers for decades and inspired many more to follow in his literary footsteps. His stories have been the basis of screenplays for the classic television series `The Twilight Zone' and `The Outer Limits,' and feature films such as François Truffaut's brilliantly visionary film `Fahrenheit 451.' His stories are at once imaginatively complex yet simplistic in literary style. If you love science fiction - the imaginative, visionary, thought-provoking, classic form of science fiction - Ray Bradbury is a must for your personal collection.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, but a dirty trick December 7, 2005
By kaream
This is indeed a wonderful collection of some of Bradbury's best short stories, but as pointed out by other reviewers, it is exactly the same collection as "The Golden Apples of the Sun", simply reissued under a different title as a movie tie-in (reputed to be one of the worst movies ever made).

If you already have "Golden Apples", don't be fooled by the publisher into thinking this is a new and different book. It's hard enough as it is to collect Bradbury stories without getting a lot of duplication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bradbury: Common Man's Star Gazer March 30, 2006
Ray Bradbury is one of the greatest American Science Fiction writers of all time. Yet he does not portray huge battle scenes and alien invasions. He rather, achieves something unique by enthralling the reader without the traditional flash of Science Fiction. Bradbury wrote the story "R" is for rocket about a family that has little money and dreams of one day riding in a rocket ship. It is the future and rocket travel is a reality, yet a large expense. The father knows he will never be able to give his children this gift. So he instead buys a broken old rocket and puts on an elaborate hoax to give his sons the gift of space travel. This is a very realistic style of science fiction. Bradbury takes you and gives you the common mans perspective from another age. This perspective is then used to drive home the moral of his sorted little tales. He uses low diction and familiar settings to allow the reader to bond with the characters. Then the reader is shown how the characters' lives are drastically different then theirs. The result is of this difference is usually technology. Now the reader experiences the effects first hand due to the relation to the characters. Relatable characters are the strong point of Bradbury's writing and it is what gives him the ability to entertain with simpler shorter stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The origin of "the butterfly effect" September 2, 2012
Ray Bradbury's genius is probably best summarized as introducing a concept that you no longer regard as science fiction but rather as common sense. A Sound of Thunder, written in 1952, involves time travel with the expressed purpose of hunting extinct animals. The safari guides appear to be aware of the concept that minuscule, infinitesimally small changes, in the past, can alter future events.

One of the hunters, a Mr. Eckels, panics at the site of a live T. rex and inadvertently steps on and kills a butterfly. 60+ million years later, the effects are felt. Fast forward to chaos theory and that the flap of a butterfly's wings on one continent can affect weather thousands of miles away. RB invented this!

L. Sprague de Camp wrote a similar story "A Gun for Dinosaur" in 1956, about a safari company that will, in exchange for large sums of money, allow you to hunt dinosaurs. The characters are more concerned with local and immediate consequences and not future events. Both stories are interesting, in their own way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sound Of Thunder and Other Stories January 7, 2008
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 and this book would truly be a wonderful addition to any home library
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading January 30, 2013
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Bradbury is one of the best writers that I have ever read. I have been reading his books for fifty years and have read some three or four times. Great stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!! December 16, 2013
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For some time now the only kindle edition of Ray Bradbury was Fahrenheit 451. Last month Harper Collins released a great selection Bradbury including, among others, this humongous volume The Martian Chronicles The October Country and A Sound of Thunder (formally The Golden Apples of the Sun). This made me extremely happy as I was able to add this great assortment to my other ebook favs by Lovecraft Harlan Ellison Neil Gaiman
Robert E Howard and Terry Pratchett!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... of stories I didn't care for but overall an excellent read as are...
There were a couple of stories I didn't care for but overall an excellent read as are most of Bradbury's writings.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Not all science fiction, but a wonderful wordsmith to describe common articles and action. It's a good mix of short stories.
Published 1 month ago by sealyreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Careful Ray got me hooked, on reading that is.
Ray and I "met" in 1969 when I took "R is for Rocket" out of my high school library. We have been good friends ever since. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John J. Kolb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As usual Bradbury has produced excellent, thought-provoking stories.
Published 2 months ago by C. Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bradbury at his best.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Wonderful! A must read for Bradbury fans.
Published 2 months ago by Woods Runner
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read.
Title short story was mind blowing. An excellent read.
Published 3 months ago by Pete's Mom
1.0 out of 5 stars Thought it was going be sci-fi
Picked up this book after a NPR review. The review offered this as an alternative to all the dystopian sci-fi that was so dominant in 2014. None of the stories were really sci-fi. Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. Joyner
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I really enjoy Ray Bradbury, so depending on your taste, your review might be different. I bought this mainly for A Sound of Thunder, but the collection is fantastic, and for those... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kellie R.
4.0 out of 5 stars I remember reading this in school so I had to ...
I remember reading this in school so I had to hunt it down now that I am an adult so I could add it to my collection of books.
Published 8 months ago by Teresa Thomas
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Ray Bradbury Lived in Africa, Sudan for seven years during the terrible drought from 1980 until 1987 and under the cloud of Sharia Law Imposed by the then President, Nimeiri/ worked in Kenya/ Somalia during Black Hawk Down crisis and Rwanda during the genocide from March 94 until July 94.

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