Something Wicked This Way Comes is the second novel in the Green Town series by author Ray Bradbury. This is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece about magic in the dark. The carnival takes place around midnight on the cold Midwest New Year’s Eve. Two boys standing precariously on the verge of adulthood soon uncover the secret of smoke, the maze as they pay the price for wishes – evil things.
Here are the top 3 reviews and comments that readers love about this fascinating book.
Review 1: Something Wicked This Way Comes audiobook by AudioAddict
Brilliant language and awesome performance but …
STORY (eerie classic) – This story is set in a small town in Illinois sometime in the 50’s or 60’s. The main characters, Will and Jim, are about 13. When a carnival run by “night people” comes into town, they become entwined with dark characters and sinister occurrences. There is an evil illustrated man, a dust witch, freaks, etc. A big part of the story revolves around a merry-go-round which plays the Death March for music. When the music plays, a rider will get older and approach death. If the music plays backwards, the rider becomes younger. This creates some very interesting situations!
This is my first Bradbury book and, wow, can he slap together a sentence! My 8th grade English Lit teacher would have names for this kind of writing, but all I can say is it’s very descriptive. I enjoyed it immensely…to a point. After a couple hours I got tired of distilling actions from the long sentences. I also got tired of meandering around in the adventures of the young boys. Reminded me a little bit of Huckleberry Finn but in a sinister setting. It was enjoyable, but a little too much of a good thing for this listener.
PERFORMANCE – Wow. Double wow! I love Christian Rummel’s voice in The Lost Fleet series. He could read the phone book and make it sound sexy. But this book really showcases his talent. His performance takes Bradbury’s language and conjures incredibly wicked images.
OVERALL – This would make a good Halloween listen. It’s not scary, but it’s very eerie and sinister. I urge you to listen to the sample to hear the quality of the writing and the performance. There’s no sex, bad language or gore, but there are ugly characters and very weird situations. Recommended for mature male or female listeners only, due to the advanced language.
Review 2: Something Wicked This Way Comes audiobook by Midwestbonsai
It’s so creepy
I’ve never read Ray Bradbury before. I don’t even know why. I just never got around to him. I’m so excited that I was finally able to listen to this one because it is fantastic from beginning to end!
This story is about two boys and one of them is intriuged by the carnival and all that a carnival brings while the other is able to see through the glimmer. It’s so creepy that I honestly wasn’t sure when I should absolutely feel creep-ed out because I was just thinking everyone was a part of the carnival. That is easily recognizable about halfway through the story though. The boys, who are so much alike, start to really differ in what they want also.
The audio was really pleasing. I loved the narrator, Christian Rummel. He has a way of making you want to listen. Although between the fabulous narration and fantastic writing there is no way I wanted this to come to a stop! The audio was very well done and I think this is definitely one where the audio enhanced the book. I could easily tell the characters apart but Christian Rummel just made the very eerie world come to life. There were times when over emphasizing was needed and Christian nailed it. There were also a lot of really strange parts, where one of the dads is just cracking up like he’s mad and that scene was done so well. As were all of them really.
The characters in both the narration and the book were very well developed. These are not villains that I grew to love. Ray Bradbury had a way of really emphasizing the evil behind the mask, and he does it so well here. I also really enjoyed the story’s progression. The plot kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.
This was my first but definitely not my last Ray Bradbury. I now see why so many are in love with his writing.
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Review 3: Something Wicked This Way Comes audiobook by Sarah Nelson
Thrilling and with the usual Bradbury subtext
This book was captivating and unnerving. Initially I was concerned that I stumbled into an adolescent novel, however once the subtext came blaring through the intense descriptions that I expect from Bradbury, I was put at ease.
Overall a captivating novel with an amazing performance by Rummel.
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