I read a part of a book about a man in a dystopia. Everyone was constantly entertained, but books were forbidden (I think). The mother of the main character was constantly listening to the radio. That's all I can remember.

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    This reminds me of the Futurama episode, "A Fishful of Dollars" but I can't find what story the 'ads within dreams' thing was lifted from.
    – user1027
    Apr 22 '11 at 14:01
  • It was Montag's wife that had a 'seashell' radio practically glued in her ear.
    – Doresoom
    Apr 22 '11 at 19:05
  • There is a problem here, since there were no advertisements in dreams in Fahrenheit 451. I've read the novel a number of times and just re-read it a few months ago. I recently re-watched the movie, as well, and there are no advertisements in dreams in there, either. While the rest fits, this was not an element of the book.
    – Tango
    Feb 15 '12 at 4:04

I'm drawing a blank of the mother, but the rest sounds like Bradbury's classic Fahrenheit 451

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    Yes, Fahrenheit 451 is the one! Thank you very much.
    – Amber
    Apr 22 '11 at 16:06
  • No problem :). Though I have to admit I don't remember the bit with ads in dreams, but it's been a while since I've read it. Apr 22 '11 at 16:09
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    Yes, I think I might have mixed up the episode of Futurama with Fahrenheit 451. Very strange :P
    – Amber
    Apr 22 '11 at 16:17

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