Kurt Vonnegut was born in 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He studied at Cornell from 1940 to 1942 before enlisting in the U.S. Army. After fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, Vonnegut was captured and became a POW, witnessing firsthand the firebombing of Dresden. This experience would inform one of his best-known works, the 1969 antiwar novel Slaughterhouse-Five.

After the war, Vonnegut worked as a reporter and teacher before publishing his first novel, the satirical Player Piano, in 1952. Subsequent novels also employed dark humor as well as elements of science fiction, like the alien race called Tralfamadorians who populated Slaughterhouse-Five, to underscore Vonnegut's moral vision. War also remained a recurring theme in Vonnegut's writing...Show More »

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Audible Modern Vanguard Productions of Kurt Vonnegut's Work

Galapagos

  • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
  • By Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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(22)
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(2)
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(2)

Galapagos takes the listener back one million years to A.D. 1986. A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey. Thanks to an apocalypse, a small group of survivors stranded on the Galapagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave, new, totally different human race. Kurt Vonnegut, America's master satirist, looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly, madly awry - and all that is worth saving.

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

  • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
  • By Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
Overall
(11)
Performance
(8)
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(8)

Eliot Rosewater, a drunk volunteer fireman and president of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation, is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature, with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. The result is Kurt Vonnegut's funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh we are all heir to.

Scott says: "Please listen."

Mother Night

  • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
  • By Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated By Victor Bevine
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(8)
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(7)
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(7)

American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Kurt Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of grey with a verdict that will haunt us all. Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense.

Melinda says: "The Moral of the Story"

Player Piano

  • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
  • By Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated By Christian Rummel
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(19)
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(0)
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(0)

Kurt Vonnegut's first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a super computer and run completely by machines. Paul's rebellion is vintage Vonnegut - wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality.

sharon a campbell says: "1ST novel of a genius"

The Sirens of Titan

  • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
  • By Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated By Jay Snyder
Overall
(7)
Performance
(3)
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(3)

The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course, there's a catch to the invitation....