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Cat's Cradle Audiobook

Cat's Cradle

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Publisher's Summary

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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    david 02-25-13
    david 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "narrator was awful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Love Vonnegut but the narration is brutally bad -had to stop listening and was so bummed.
    Loved Ethan Hawke doing Slaughterhouse, but run from this one and read the book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was awful.


    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Indio, CA, United States 12-05-11
    Beatrice Indio, CA, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Tony Roberts the perfect narrator for this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cat's Cradle to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the book and was glad I listened on audio. The interview with Vonnegut at the end was a delightful bonus. I've not read the print version so can't really make a comparison.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 09-16-15
    Simone 09-16-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Just Not For Me"

    I resent the implication that this is a book for people who like to think. I like to think, to learn, to read… but I just didn’t like this book.

    I just happen to like my storylines presented in a more straightforward way, that’s all. The Bigger Picture of this book just went right over my head.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Oakland, CA 01-09-17
    Tim Oakland, CA 01-09-17 Member Since 2014

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    "great story. Terrible narrator"

    cat's cradle is one of my all-time favorite english-language novels. However the narrator on this recording seems to have very poor sense comedic timing and has never heard calypso music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Krupets 12-13-16
    P. Krupets 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant!!!"

    Written in a very interesting style, great story and great performance. Cool touches with music in between chapters.

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    Melanie 03-17-16
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    "Pure Gold"

    This is everything a story should be. Entertaining social commentary that's fun and thought provoking.

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    Eric K. Brown New Windsor, NY, US 03-13-16
    Eric K. Brown New Windsor, NY, US 03-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent science fiction novel!"

    Kurt Vonnegut is now my favorite author. Now required reading for my son and hopefully his son or daughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 01-14-16
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 01-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Big fan but not my favorite Vonnegut"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    probably not, this is consistent with Vonnegut's style, quirky, but I found it rather slow and not as humorous as others. Always expect generous amounts of allegory, parody, irony, satire....you get the idea...from Vonnegut, but he really hits you over the head with it in cats cradle where, I think, a softer touch would hold up better. A great story that now seems dated and 2 dimensional.


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

    More of that droll Vonnegut humor. It just seemed that he was in a hurry to get to his next warning about the dangers of modern society of the time.


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    Earline Spencer Morgan Chicago 01-01-16
    Earline Spencer Morgan Chicago 01-01-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Didn't really enjoy it"

    struggled to finish it. it wasn't easy to follow. I just didn't feel the story was interesting. no bueno. Worst story I've listened to on audible so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ryan 12-22-15
    ryan 12-22-15
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    "Read between the lines, it is a rewarding read."

    A very rewarding read, you will find yourself focusing more on the genius nuggets of human observations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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