Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Perhaps when I was a college sophomore... too many years ago... and taking the New York Times as the only extension of my thought process beyond what professors of literature and sociology were pouring into that emerging stream... Discussing this Vonnegut rant might have seemed reeeeeely cool around the bar on a Saturday night. Unfortunately I waited too long and discovered that life has made Kurt V. so irrelevant that I couldn't last more than an hour into this thing.
Life has also made most professors of literature and sociology along with The New York Times irrelevant as well. Pity, Vonnegut's overwriting and the "Waaaa.... waaaa. waaaa..." of those quaint olden times were sweet... But the problem with sweet stuff is that it's just sickening if you wait too long to eat it. Y'know?
Was it me or was there creepy weird back ground sound effects?!? This is the first Audible book (after 50) that I was unable to finish. I tried twice to listen and both times stopped after 30 minutes. I know this is a supposed great American novel but Ethan Hawke ruined it for me before it began. Maybe I just didn't like the story but the narrator did not work.
Kurt Vonnegut was a genius, but he's not for everyone, and the few times I've read him, he just hasn't done much for me. Thus I feel bad about not giving this book a higher rating as I know it's a great classic and a poignant, satirical treatise against war, but damn, was it weird and nonlinear and hard to follow. I enjoyed the audio narration by Ethan Hawke a great deal, but nonetheless found my mind wandering frequently while listening.
Billy Pilgrim's experiences during World War II (echoing Vonnegut's) are vivid and full of violence and pathos, and then he is abducted by aliens and sent hither and yon, past, present, and future, and keeping the narratives straight becomes quite mind-bending. He has simultaneous existences as a soldier, as a POW, as a settled, post-war family man, and an exhibit in an alien zoo. There's also Vonnegut's fictional science fiction author Kilgore Trout, and it all mixes together messily with moments that are sometimes funny and sometimes horrifying.
I may give this another read someday and see if it hits me more favorably a second time around.
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Argh--loved this movie years ago--what a disappointment. Minimal and disjointed plot, sickening characters (understandable why--but yuck), none of the brilliant humor of Hocus Pocus.
Ethan Hawke sounds like he's trying to emulate that guy who does the coming attractions at the movies. The book is insanely good though, of course.
I won't review the story - you can find that anywhere. I was concerned that it might be hard to follow on audio, but it wasn't at all. It's a great book. On top of that, Ethan Hawke gives a superb performance as a reader. His near-whisper tones (don't worry - it's plenty easy to understand what he's saying) are just the thing for the book. I was sad when it ended. So it goes.
Say something about yourself!
I read this one because it was a classic. It was alright. I felt a bit letdown, perhaps because I expected too much. However, it seemed overdone and just a tad trite to me. Of course, those feelings could be because Vonnegut HAD ALREADY written this book and brought the subject to our attention so well. You need to decide for yourself. But, do not do what I did and expect too much.
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
Perhaps it would make some sort of sense...yes, that would be nice.
No way. This book did not make me want to hear anymore of his ideas. While possibly a good personal catharsis for him it did nothing to me.
He added some very interesting inflections. Excellent performance on his part.
No. This work of fiction was really a cleverly written editorial based on the writers personal experience. The
Very dissapointed by this book.
The book is brilliant, disturbing, classic.
The narrator puts too much of himself into the reading, however. His voice is aesthetically pleasing, but I felt pulled away from the writing on several occasions by the thought that he was enjoying listening to himself talk a little too much.
Don't let this stop you from enjoying an otherwise solid performance of a true classic.