Slaughterhouse-Five is not only Vonnegut's most powerful book, it is also as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch-22, it fashions the author's experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut's other works, but the book's basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it unique poignancy, and humor.
©1969 Kurt Vonnegut; (P)2003 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.
"Hawke rises to the occasion....Hawke adopts a confidential, whisper-like tone...the perfect pitch for this book." (Publishers Weekly)
"The book gets star treatment from narrator Ethan Hawke, who immerses us in the author's words. Hawke almost whispers his way through the text as if letting us in on a big secret, and he is marvelously effective....By the end, Hawke has taken us on a journey that both illuminates the author's words and reflects our understanding of them." (AudioFile)
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I read this one because it was a classic. It was alright. I felt a bit letdown, perhaps because I expected too much. However, it seemed overdone and just a tad trite to me. Of course, those feelings could be because Vonnegut HAD ALREADY written this book and brought the subject to our attention so well. You need to decide for yourself. But, do not do what I did and expect too much.
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
Perhaps it would make some sort of sense...yes, that would be nice.
No way. This book did not make me want to hear anymore of his ideas. While possibly a good personal catharsis for him it did nothing to me.
He added some very interesting inflections. Excellent performance on his part.
No. This work of fiction was really a cleverly written editorial based on the writers personal experience. The
Very dissapointed by this book.
The book is brilliant, disturbing, classic.
The narrator puts too much of himself into the reading, however. His voice is aesthetically pleasing, but I felt pulled away from the writing on several occasions by the thought that he was enjoying listening to himself talk a little too much.
Don't let this stop you from enjoying an otherwise solid performance of a true classic.
This book is read immaculately by Ethan Hawke who, in a low soft tone, captures the disconnect and sublimity of the book's main character.
The novel is interesting and entertaining but in no way a must read. The sci-fi aspect to the novel is really its saving grace otherwise it would have been boring. The novel's anti-war message is great; there needs to be more anti-war books. But Vonnegut uses Nazi and communist propaganda regarding the Dresden bombing. Reputable death estimates are 25,000 to 35,000, not 135,000 as Vonnegut states several times. Further, Vonnegut says Dresden had no industry worthy of bombing. Again the facts dictate otherwise. The Germans themselves state in 1942 that Dresden was "one of the foremost industrial locations of the Reich". My complaint, other than the erroneous information stated above, is Vonnegut's lack of and/or minimization of German atrocities during World War 2.
Let me preface this review by saying that I've read other Vonnegut novels and loved them. I thought I'd give this one a listen, but I just couldn't get into it- I found my mind wandered elsewhere and when I returned I was lost. Ethan Hawke is a great narrator and the story description sounded "Vonnegut-enough" and maybe I am just a literary dunce. I listened for about an hour and a half, but then had to switch to another book.
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