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I wasn't a fan of Vonnegut's typical "war is bad," "people are bad," "science is evil" and "religion is stupid" cliches. I really wish I hadn't know this book was by Vonnegut because I really enjoyed it. I really don't like Vonnegut's hippy-dippy ways, but if you try to block that out, this is a very enjoyable story. In fact, it's the only audiobook (so far) that I went back and listened to a second time immediately after finishing it.
No, but I'm going to. He is the first performer that I've liked so much that I'm going to find other books he reads to listen to them. The way pulled off the voices of all the characters was unique and fit them to a tee.
"History! Read it and weep!" -Bokonon
An overall good story with an excellent performance by Mr. Roberts. A must-listen!
I am an avid audiobook listener, so I prefer the audio version.
The only works that come to mind when searching for a comparable title would be other Vonnegut works, particularly Breakfast of Champions. Vonnegut is on an island by himself when it comes to his style.
I can not choose only one.
No. It is not a particularly moving book.
This is an early work of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. It only gets better after this book, although I liked this one a lot. I had already exhausted my entire collection of Vonnegut books before I came to this one, so it didn't bare any surprises for me. If you're new to his work, this would be a great introduction to his style.
A lot of thought provoking ideas in this book. The plot is entertaining, but the real gem of this book is the scattered lines throughout the book that make you stop and contemplate. To really understand Kurt Vonnegut his work needs to be read slowly, not exactly suited for audible. Still, a good listen.
Another great classic Vonnegut. Not as strong as 'Breakfast' but plenty good. A few of the vignettes are really striking, particularly the lady Hoosier. I'll remember that one always.
The narration is fine, in a classic style that suits the books very well.
At several points in the book, for some reason, the producer chose to include a musical break of bouncy, weird, pseudo-tropical music...it's bizarre beyond description and really inappropriate, and for that reason I think Vonnegut would have approved completely. So roll with it. Recommended.
I found it to be an enjoyable and easy listen. Narration is well performed with distinct yet consistent voicing of the different characters. While the book is usually classified as sci-fi, it is more of a cold war era satire with some sci-fi elements. The book is loosely plotted and somewhat slow moving, though it never drags, until about the last quarter of the story. At that point, the pacing picks up and Vonnegut ties everything together. As another reviewer wrote, this one is a fun listen if you don't overthink it. Just have an open mind and enjoy.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
With Kurt Vonnegut books you get a third of the way in, you wonder where this is going and why you are bothering with it and you purser-vie till you get to the end and you suddenly go 'oh yerrr'! This book makes you ask questions but the type of questions you don't want really answered. My favourite is 'Slaughterhouse 5', and this book is nowhere near that but it is okay. I don't think I would listen to it ever again but not unhappy that I have. Tony Roberts does a great job narrating it although his voice seems a little old for the main character. Most of the characters seem to rather vague creatures of minimal interest but I guess we are all like that when you look at. Okay book, good narration, nothing to write home to mother about.
Yes, I enjoyed listening to this. I had read it but listening to it was different.
The new religion.
I remember being far more engaged with this book when I read it several years ago than when listening to this version.
Yes! I was trying to relate this book to the time it was written in.
I want to be a Bokonon.
Anyone who hasn't read Vonnegut should probably START with this book. It's filled with humor and he sort of warped perception of society we today take as "normal," but at the time this was written was certainly outside the norm.
I cannot compare it to ANY book I've ever read...totally unique.
Tony Roberts' narration is excellent. I read where other reviewers rated it poorly which makes no sense because I thought it was part of what made the story to good.
Several points in this book are hilarious and will have anyone bursting with laughter. there are points that would normally be saddening, but due to the overall tenor of the story the "sad" scenes aren't really a negative. Vonnegut's characters are so weird that when anything happens to them one can't really be disappointed because one feels they had it coming...even typing that makes me laugh.
This is a VERY unique, one-of-a-kind novella that deserves reading today even more than it did when it was first published. The story is quite short and the narrator makes the listener want to keep listening. I normally listen when driving but with this book I found myself wanting to leave earlier than normal and drive slower than normal just so I could have more time with the book.