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Dandelion Wine

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Better than Expected

When I started reading Dandelion Wine, I didn't really like it. In fact, I started to regret choosing it, and I wasn't sure if I would be able to get through the rest of the book. The style of writing wasn't what I normally read, and I felt like a lot of the des...
When I started reading Dandelion Wine, I didn't really like it. In fact, I started to regret choosing it, and I wasn't sure if I would be able to get through the rest of the book. The style of writing wasn't what I normally read, and I felt like a lot of the descriptions and scenes just dragged on too slowly. I also didn't care about the characters, and this made the stories less intriguing. I was irritated that many of the stories didn't seem to connect with each other. However, once I got further into the book, I enjoyed the stories to a greater extent. Once I read more, I could get more involved with the characters and feel their emotions, whether it was happiness, grief, or anger. I got used to Bradbury's descriptive style, and the action of the stories made reading the book more enjoyable. The more I read, the more I saw that the stories were weaved together, so that even if one story was unrelated to another, they all contributed to the overall theme of the book. Bradbury's stories were thoroughly original, and the characters were all unique and memorable. It was fun to read about happiness machines, time machines, and childhood games. I liked that Bradbury's stories always seemed to have a 'moral' included. His overall message seemed to be that we should enjoy our lives, our families, and the time that we have to be happy. By the time I reached the end of the book, my initial take on Dandelion Wine was completely turned around. I would definitely read this book again, and I would recommend it for others to read as well

posted by Anonymous on April 14, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Do NOT buy this VERSION!!

Dandelion Wine is one of my favorite books and I read it every summer. I bought this one for my husband to listen to traveling to work. This is a dramatization; an old radio show type format; it is not "unabridged" (only 90 minutes) as stated in the summary, nor is it...
Dandelion Wine is one of my favorite books and I read it every summer. I bought this one for my husband to listen to traveling to work. This is a dramatization; an old radio show type format; it is not "unabridged" (only 90 minutes) as stated in the summary, nor is it the original text/book. Very disappointing; the write up is obviously not correct. I have just purchased another one from here - big difference 7 CD's, 8 hours. This makes more sense!! Again, LOVE the story, but this is an entirely different format than stated.

posted by 1330560 on August 3, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    OK

    A boy's summer, his growing up and maturing summer. The story line from this famous author surprised me, so I obviously don't know him as well as I thought I did. The story was just OK for me; I would have liked more "tie-in" between the chapters / segments. I found myself speed reading / skimming the 1st two thirds of the book just to get through, but did find I enjoyed the last third. I really liked the part about wanting to pay someone for their good deed and realizing there was no way to pay except to pass it on. I wonder if this is where the idea came from for that movie about "paying it forward"? I think a better book about a young boy's coming of age is BOY'S LIFE by McCammon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2010

    Disgrace

    This book was an absolute disapointment. The book had no plot, no meaning , no true point! Ray Bradbury is a truly amazing writer, and it does show in the story but like i said it had no point or plot. I recommend this book only for refrence on how creative writing should be! I dont recommend to read this book for "fun". If you are truly firmiliar with other works of Bradbury you will truly be let down. The books and short stories like the "Sound of thunder" and " The Martian Chronicals" were the true Bradbury at his best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    NO PLOT!

    When I read this book, I became lost and confused because of the plot. There wasn't one! The title dandelion wine doesn't even make sense. I guess an older reader may understand it better, but compared with some other reviews, most of us are in agreement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2006

    Terrible!

    This book's constantly shifting story and lack of a plot make it a terrible read. Out of about 20 different stories that take place within this book I couldn't find even one that interested me. It didn't help that I read it for a class, and I was constantly forced to analyze the deeper meaning (which alaways seemed to be the same thing).

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