I found the interview with the author at the end more interesting than the book itself. The narrator was really good.
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
THE SECRET OF LIFE.......PROTEIN
When I was in my twenties I read the hard copy. In my forties I listened on cassette and now in my fifties I downloaded it. I still don't like it.
WHAT IS SIN?
If you are a Douglass Adams fan, you will probably like this. Now that I am older I do find that I understand more of it. I like books with plots and this plot is very thin. It is a thesis on War, Government and whatever else ticks off Kurt. There are some laugh out loud parts, but most of it is meandering POETIC CRAP.
TO BE SOMETHING ELSE AND PROUD OF IT.
The narrator is fantastic. He reads great and does outstanding characters. His timing in excellent, helping the listener to catch some of the jokes, he may not catch while reading.
Most people either love him or hate him. There is not much middle of the road. In my twenties I thought he was silly, in my forties I just did not find him funny. In my fifties, I need a plot.
Birder, GIS Specialist, and all-round great guy.
I find all three of the Kurt Vonnegut books I've read to be a little weird. I've read this one twice now and I liked it even better the second time around. The book is deeply philosophical and the writing is poetic. If you don't have a sense of humor, you will not enjoy it but if you do, and you aren't offended by humor poked at organized religion, I think you will enjoy this.
Call me spoiled because I've heard Kurt Vonnegut himself read parts of this book, but even so, this guy's voice is is all wrong for this book. He'd be perfect for a Lawrence Block book, say, or a book they made a Bogart movie from.
Sadly, his Jamaican accent comes across as more Irish than anything. And when he "sings" a calypso, he's got the tune all wrong! Why couldn't someone have told him that the tune is the same as Jamaica Farewell by Harry Belefonte? (But I'm sad to say I'm on my way, won't be back for many a day... and so on.)
All in all, this is an amazing book that's been practically ruined by selecting the wrong narrator.
I wish this book could be re-recorded using somebody with a smoother voice, maybe somebody who has actually been in love with the book for years. If that were to happen, I would gladly buy it again.
Busy busy busy...
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!
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.
Vonnegut is a great author. Not always easy and not always this enjoyable, but definitely great.
This work is less dislinear (my word - get your own if you dont like it) than other Vonegut works than I have read. That makes it a bit easier to live with and maybe a bit more manstream but none the less challenging.
As an exposition of the depths of inadvertant stupidity that man is capable of it is maybe a bit predictable. But the banality of purpose that the characters portray makes the final outcome seem all the more plausible and therefore maybe just a bit more scary. It might just be an important book as well as a very enjoyable one.
The narration is good just because it is pretty much transparent. What characterisation there is is helpful rather than distracting. Overall a first class audiobook.
Mountain biking, surfing, skiing, literature, philosophy, psychology, theology and my ipod.
Vonnegut in rare satiric form about the stupidity of being human. Life is a terrible thing to wish on a dying animal. Our pinnacle of human stupidity: the atomic bomb, here satirized as Ice 9, a substance which freezes anything it touches. The religion of Bokononism is itself a creation worthy of great delight and deep satire at the same time. Not as good as Hocus Pocus, but much better than Slaughterhouse 5.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
Cat's Cradle was published when I was 1 year old. At the time it must have been hugely controversial (for it's language if for nothing else). The themes would now carry a series of alpha-numeric warnings. When I read this at University (for interest, not as part of the syllabus) it was still confronting, particularly because of its style (like the Marx Brothers meet Dr Strangelove). It was one of the earliest post-modernist writings I recall and, having recently read Flan O'Brien's "The Third Policeman", I can see how influential the Irishman was on post-modernists that followed him.
For all that, I did not enjoy this as much this time around. I suspect that is because the initial impact of this book is so important. The second (or later) time around, it still has the punch, but they don't quite land as flush on the social conscience as they first did. I still enjoyed the read, I was able to follow it in audio (which I couldn't do with O'Brien) and the themes are still relevant today. It remains a book that should be read (or heard), but it's not a book that will appeal to everyone.
Tony Roberts (you'd remember him, if you saw him, from the classic era of Woody Allen films) is very droll and completely the right choice to perform this work.
Talks about the meaninglessness, the lies we cling to for security, how much meaning we bring to our beliefs, and the strength it takes to follow one's will. The peculiarity with which the people we meet strongly influence our fate if we allow it, without question, knowing what we want but allowing spontaneity to steer the ship.