cover image Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury, read by Stephan Hoye, Tantor Media, unabridged, five CDs, 5.5 hrs., $24.99 ISBN 978-1-4001-1818-2

After years of working as a fireman—one who burns books and enjoys his work—Guy Montag meets a young girl who makes him question his profession and the values of the society in which he lives. Stephen Hoye's narration is perfectly matched to the subject matter: his tone is low and ominous, and his cadence shifts with the prose to ratchet up tension and suspense. He produces spot-on voices, and his versions of the gruff Captain Beatty, the playful Clarisse, and the fearful professor Faber are especially impressive. A Ballantine paperback. (Aug.)