©1963 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
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.
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.
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.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
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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