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Title: The Sound Machine Title Record # 68377
Author: Roald Dahl
Date: 1949-09-17
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Language: English
Synopsis: A man named Klausner invents a machine that can hear sound the human ear cannot hear. It reproduces the sounds on a lower pitch so that human beings can hear it. With this machine he hears roses scream as his neighbor cuts them. The next morning he hears a tree scream when he cuts into it with an axe. He calls his doctor excitedly and asks him to come over at once. The doctor comes and Klausner says he wants him to listen to the tree's screams. He starts cutting into it with an axe and a large branch begins to fall They barely get out of the way in time. He asks the doctor if he heard the scream but the doctor will not say that he did. Klausner is very upset and demands that the doctor paint the two gashes with iodine.
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Translations
Year Language Title
1962Translated by Hans Edinga
Dutch Het Kermen der Bomen
1964Translated by A. J. Richel
Dutch De Geluidsmachine
1970Translated by Pentti Saarikoski
Finnish Äänikone
1978
  • Translated by Giga Gračan
  • Sirus 20 states this is a translation of "Someone Like You", but a comparison of the text shows that it is in fact "The Sound Machine".
Croatian Vrisak ruža
1980Translated by Hans-Heinrich Wellmann
German Der Lautforscher
1984Translated by Tilly Schel
Dutch De Geluidsmachine
1985 French La machine à capter les sons

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
The New Yorker, September 17, 1949 1949-09-17 ed. Editors of the New Yorker        
unknown?The publication record was created from a secondary source and the publication format is unknown.
mag  
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow 1952-09-00 ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Books A944 $0.35 306
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Someone Like You 1953-00-00 Roald Dahl Alfred A. Knopf   $3.50 359
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Someone Like You 1954-00-00 Roald Dahl Secker & Warburg   12/6 256
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Br-r-r-! 1959-00-00 ed. Groff Conklin Avon T-289 $0.35 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Stories for Late at Night 1961-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Random House   $5.95 469
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Someone Like You 1961-00-00 Roald Dahl Michael Joseph     295
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Someone Like You 1961-08-00 Roald Dahl Dell F139 $0.50 320
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Victor Kalin Checkmark
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow 1961-12-00 ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Books H2343 $0.60 xiii+
258
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
M'n Liefje, M'n Duifje 1962-00-00 Roald Dahl Meulenhoff (Meulenhoff Editie #20) E20   253
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow 1962-01-00 ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Books      
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: More Stories for Late at Night 1962-12-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Dell 5815 $0.50 207
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
M'n Liefje, M'n Duifje 1963-00-00 Roald Dahl Meulenhoff (Meulenhoff Editie #20) E20 ƒ4.50 253
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Checkmark
Verhalen die Hitchcock Koos 3 1964-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Het Spectrum (Prisma #954) 954 ƒ1.25 153
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth de Leeuw Checkmark
Someone Like You 1965-00-00 Roald Dahl Four Square Books 1229 3/6 252
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Someone Like You 1965-00-00 Roald Dahl Dell 8116 $0.60 253
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow 1967-03-00 ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Books H3358 $0.60 xiii+
258
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow 1968-01-00 ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Books     258
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow 1968-09-00 ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Books     258
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow 1968-11-00 ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Books     258
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Someone Like You 1970-00-00 Roald Dahl Penguin Books 0-14-003074-3   270
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Omnific  
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow 1970-08-00 ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Books S5372 $0.75 258
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Someone Like You 1972-00-00 Roald Dahl Pocket Books 0-671-77485-9   246
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow 1972-08-00 ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Pathfinder NP8162 $0.95 258
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Science Fact/Fiction 1974-00-00 ed. Edmund J. Farrell, Thomas E. Gage, John Pfordresher, Raymond J. Rodrigues Scott, Foresman and Company (The Man in Literature Program) 0-673-03407-0   xv+
394
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Jack Youngerman Checkmark
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow 1974-00-00 ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Books N8162 $0.95 258
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow 1976-09-00 ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Books 0-553-10249-4 £0.60 258
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow 1977-08-00 ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Books 0-553-10249-4 $1.50 258
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Sirius, #20 1978-02-05 ed.
Borivoj Jurković?Borivoj Jurkovic
Borivoj Jurkovich
Vjesnik   10 din. 148
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
mag Checkmark
The Best of Roald Dahl 1978-04-00 Roald Dahl Vintage Books 0-394-72549-2 $ xv+
401
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
Tales of the Unexpected 1979-09-00 Roald Dahl Vintage Books 0-394-74081-5 / V-81 $2.95 [6]+
471+
[2]
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Checkmark
Stories of the Supernatural 1979-10-00 ed. Denys Val Baker William Kimber 0-7183-0496-9 £4.95 192
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Ionicus  
Küßchen, Küßchen!?Kuesschen, Kuesschen!
1980-10-00 Roald Dahl Deutsche Buch-Gemeinschaft 01079 3   446
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Wolfgang Lauter Checkmark
Hallucination Orbit: Psychology in Science Fiction 1983-03-14 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Farrar, Straus and Giroux 0-374-32835-8 $12.95 279
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Christopher Burg Checkmark
Een Spelletje Met de Dood 1984-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Loeb 90-6213-682-6   192
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
Rakkaani, kyyhkyläiseni / Joku kaltaisesi 1985-00-00 Roald Dahl Suuri Suomalainen Kirjakerho 951-643-680-3   258+
198
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni Checkmark
Orbite hallucination 1985-05-13 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Londreys 2-904184-19-8 F75.00 255
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Christopher Burg Checkmark
The Best of Roald Dahl 1990-08-00 Roald Dahl Vintage Books 0-679-72991-7 $10.95 vi+
520
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
Tales of the Unexpected 1990-08-00 Roald Dahl Vintage Books 0-679-72989-5 $10.95 471
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Seth Jaben  
The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl 1991-09-00 Roald Dahl Michael Joseph 0-7181-3545-8 £15.99 iv+
762
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni  
Skin and Other Stories 2000-02-00 Roald Dahl Puffin / Penguin Books (UK) 0-14-130553-3 £5.99 vii+
212
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Bill Gregory  
Skin and Other Stories 2000-07-00 Roald Dahl Viking 0-670-89184-3 $15.99 212
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Bill Gregory  
Skin and Other Stories 2001-09-27 Roald Dahl Puffin 0-14-131151-7   [viii]+
213
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Bill Gregory  
Collected Stories 2006-10-17 Roald Dahl Alfred A. Knopf (Everyman's Library #300) 0-307-26490-4 $30.00 xxxviii+
850
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Someone Like You 2009-12-07 Roald Dahl Penguin Books 978-0-14-196207-8 £6.49  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll  
Someone Like You 2009-12-07 Roald Dahl Penguin Books (Penguin Modern Classics) 978-0-14-118964-2 £9.99 272
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Winter 2013 2013-00-00 ed. Editors of McSweeney's McSweeney's Books 978-1-938073-63-2   200
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
mag  
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow date unknown ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Pathfinder SP5372 $0.75 258
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Someone Like You date unknown Roald Dahl Penguin Books 0-14-003074-3 £6.99 270
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll John Caple Checkmark
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow date unknown ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Pathfinder NP8162 $0.95 258
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow date unknown ed. Ray Bradbury Bantam Pathfinder SP5372 $0.75 258
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl date unknown Roald Dahl Penguin Books India 978-0-14-015807-6 Rs 499.00 762
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
omni Elizabeth Thomas  
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