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Cat's Cradle | [Kurt Vonnegut]

Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of this century's most important works...and Vonnegut at his very best.
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Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of this century's most important works...and Vonnegut at his very best.

©1963 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Baba 06-30-15
    Baba 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "See the cat..."

    A very strange, odd, and beautiful novel. A story about a writer who's quest to write about the father of the Atom bomb ends up on a tropical island as one of a few survivors of a science experiment gone wrong... Rich in charter as sort of F you to those who think there is no value in the arts!
    There are odd musical interludes between chapters but the narration is great! Should read if a fan of Catch 22.

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    Tom Whitaker 04-27-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Strange and Intriguing"

    A strange and amusing satire on technology, religion and postmodernism. A satisfying and thoughtful book, cat's cradle is sure to confuse and intrigue you.

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    Gymnistico 03-29-15
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    "chapter music sucks"

    everything is perfect except the loud and annoying intro and exit music for each chapter.

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    alfred 02-19-15
    alfred 02-19-15
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    "Kurt Vonnegut Cat's Cradle Is A Should read book"
    What did you love best about Cat's Cradle?

    When you read into a Vonnegut novel you never know what to expect and Cat's Cradle is a fine example of humor, philosophy, and bordering on thought provoking Blemished on what he feels is true and the simple ridiculousness of the human (or inhumane) human condition. Take a reading or listening adventure to places Vonnegut can only taken you.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cat's Cradle?

    The ending. I will not spoil. Plus the way he write about the world make what we hold so important look so silly and inappropriate. Like our sacred cows are truly fake and the B S of what we consider respectable. Loving story. And outrageous with touch of truthfulness blended into a very interesting story world that stays with you and you can read the book again and again.


    What about Tony Roberts’s performance did you like?

    Fine reading voice. Making the actions believable. You can hear his enjoyment and pleasure of reading such a unusually fine work.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This is based on a true story. Well, not really, but it would be interesting if it was a true story.


    Any additional comments?

    Any chance you get. Read Vonnegut. I do hope they are teaching him in Schools and his books are not banded by "the powers that be" I read Breakfast of Champions when I was 13 and it changed my perspective and broadened my view on life. Vonnegut is a treasure with great meaningful humor.

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    picketfence14 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "One of Vonnegut's bests"

    Such a great book! I was very happy with this purchase, narration is clear, and the work with dialects is exceptional! I also really enjoyed the light soundtrack. Very non-invasive.

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    harry 01-15-15
    harry 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "silly human race"

    kurt really embraces our folly in inventing creative and wonderful ways in which we destroy life and love as we know it. he also satiricalizes (yes, i know that's not a word) our spirituality and pits our destructive powers in both realms against one another. after reading this work, i want to become a Bokononist.

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    John Frostburg, Maryland, United States 01-02-15
    John Frostburg, Maryland, United States 01-02-15 Member Since 2011

    Birder, GIS Specialist, and all-round great guy.

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    "Weird but really great"

    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.

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    A66eyroad Chattanooga, TN 12-29-14
    A66eyroad Chattanooga, TN 12-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A great book, but the reader? Not so much."
    What didn’t you like about Tony Roberts’s performance?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Erik WICHITA, KS, United States 11-02-14
    Erik WICHITA, KS, United States 11-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a Pack of Foma! This is Good Stuff!"
    If you could sum up Cat's Cradle in three words, what would they be?

    Busy busy busy...


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Tony Roberts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "History! Read it and weep!" -Bokonon


    Any additional comments?

    An overall good story with an excellent performance by Mr. Roberts. A must-listen!

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    Anthony 08-17-14
    Anthony 08-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic Vonnegut at his classic best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cat's Cradle to be better than the print version?

    I am an avid audiobook listener, so I prefer the audio version.


    What other book might you compare Cat's Cradle to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Tony Roberts – was your favorite?

    I can not choose only one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. It is not a particularly moving book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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