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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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    Sher from Provo Utah 07-12-16
    Sher from Provo Utah 07-12-16 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "Crazy!"

    This book is hysterically funny, totally satirical, and one of the best books I've read recently. It is a clever comment on government, religion and personal relationships that seem to make no sense at all but when you step back and look at each episode through the eyes of history, it is easy to see that he is talking about us! I believe he is telling us to stop taking ourselves so seriously and enjoy life a little more. I'm going to think about this book a lot and will surely revisit it in the future.

    The narrator, Tony Roberts, is outstanding! His characterizations are just incredible. Loved this whole book and highly recommend it.

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    Melanie 03-17-16
    Melanie 03-17-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 01-14-16
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 01-14-16 Member Since 2011
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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.

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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.

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    B. Okstad 12-20-15
    B. Okstad 12-20-15
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    "Say what?"

    After a couple of Vonnegut audio books, I've come to the conclusion that, on the whole, I prefer to read his work, not listen to it. There are just too many lines I find myself wanting to return to.

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    Margaret Cincinnati, OH, United States 12-14-15
    Margaret Cincinnati, OH, United States 12-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not for everyone - but I loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cat's Cradle to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narration helps call attention to some subtleties of the dialog.


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

    No, but I think he has a knack for satire.


    Any additional comments?

    The polarized reviews should tip you off that “Cat’s Cradle” is a book to love or hate . It does not generate moderate reactions. It’s masterfully written, and thought-provoking. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Yet, I certainly understand why some reviewers do not like it. Here is a list of what might not appeal to you: biting satire, strange plot devices, apocalyptic science fiction, hostility toward science, and a pervasive existential gloom. On the other hand, this book is really funny at times. It’s chocked full of memorable lines. (My favorite: “I’m not a drug salesman. I’m a writer.”) Even where the lines are not memorable, they are marvelously crafted. Unlike some reviewers, I think the narration was great because it fits the tone of the satire. Vonnegut mocks some of the characters and Tony Roberts reflects that. Some of this tone is so subtle that I would have missed it if reading a print edition
    And now, I’ll switch to reading something light and mind-numbing as a change of pace.

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    Jan 11-23-15
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    "Good story with a few absolutely brilliant moments"

    I found the interview with the author at the end more interesting than the book itself. The narrator was really good.

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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 10-21-15
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 10-21-15 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "Credible Satire"

    Cat's Cradle was published when I was 1 year old. At the time it must have been hugely controversial (for it's language if for nothing else). The themes would now carry a series of alpha-numeric warnings. When I read this at University (for interest, not as part of the syllabus) it was still confronting, particularly because of its style (like the Marx Brothers meet Dr Strangelove). It was one of the earliest post-modernist writings I recall and, having recently read Flan O'Brien's "The Third Policeman", I can see how influential the Irishman was on post-modernists that followed him.
    For all that, I did not enjoy this as much this time around. I suspect that is because the initial impact of this book is so important. The second (or later) time around, it still has the punch, but they don't quite land as flush on the social conscience as they first did. I still enjoyed the read, I was able to follow it in audio (which I couldn't do with O'Brien) and the themes are still relevant today. It remains a book that should be read (or heard), but it's not a book that will appeal to everyone.
    Tony Roberts (you'd remember him, if you saw him, from the classic era of Woody Allen films) is very droll and completely the right choice to perform this work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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