©1963 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
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.
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.
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.
Fine reading voice. Making the actions believable. You can hear his enjoyment and pleasure of reading such a unusually fine work.
This is based on a true story. Well, not really, but it would be interesting if it was a true story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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