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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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    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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    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 06-27-14
    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Everything must have a purpose?"

    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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    Amy Tyler, TX, United States 02-18-14
    Amy Tyler, TX, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good stuff."

    Another great classic Vonnegut. Not as strong as 'Breakfast' but plenty good. A few of the vignettes are really striking, particularly the lady Hoosier. I'll remember that one always.

    The narration is fine, in a classic style that suits the books very well.

    At several points in the book, for some reason, the producer chose to include a musical break of bouncy, weird, pseudo-tropical music...it's bizarre beyond description and really inappropriate, and for that reason I think Vonnegut would have approved completely. So roll with it. Recommended.

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    Matthew Bellevue, WA, United States 11-01-13
    Matthew Bellevue, WA, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining light satire"

    I found it to be an enjoyable and easy listen. Narration is well performed with distinct yet consistent voicing of the different characters. While the book is usually classified as sci-fi, it is more of a cold war era satire with some sci-fi elements. The book is loosely plotted and somewhat slow moving, though it never drags, until about the last quarter of the story. At that point, the pacing picks up and Vonnegut ties everything together. As another reviewer wrote, this one is a fun listen if you don't overthink it. Just have an open mind and enjoy.

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    Michael 05-28-13
    Michael 05-28-13

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Not his best."

    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.

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