This selection of commencement speeches from legendary author Kurt Vonnegut will prove a thoroughly comforting companion for recent graduates as they move out into the so-called real world and attempt to determine their own place within that often overwhelming realm.
Vonnegut's advice, dispensed at countless graduation ceremonies over the course of his life, is by turns moving and comical, indelibly stamped with his unique outlook on the world, and voice actors Kevin T. Collins and Scott Brick take great pains to capture his distinctive authorial tone in their performance. Vonnegut is sometimes sardonic, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes straightforward, but he is always empathetic, a fact well-reflected in Collins and Brick's thoughtful narration of this inspiring work.
Master storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut’s words were unfailingly unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation.
As edited by Dan Wakefield, this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers and listeners of all ages. At times hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and deeply serious, these reflections are ideal for anyone undergoing what Vonnegut would call their "long-delayed puberty ceremony" - marking the passage from student to full-time adult.
This book makes the perfect gift for high school or college graduates - or for parents and grandparents who remember Vonnegut fondly and want to connect with him in a new context.
©2013 Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Copyright Trust (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
The man! I love his wisdom, his simple way of telling truths we all need to hear. He is funny, also when he talks about serious topics
I wrote a blog post after listening to it, about following your dreams. I felt inspired to talk about my knowledge in psychology, and thought I must learn to say important things like he does. I will listen to it again, to use some of the questions he asks, with clients
Fine narration of various speeches given at college graduations by humanist sci-fi/fantasy writer Kurt Vonnegut. Listen to this brave heart of a man, an atheist, who's hero is Jesus Christ. On dark and hopeless days give this a listen.
This is a collection of graduation speeches given by a member of the greatest generation to the baby boom generation. While I never saw one of his speeches, I now understand why he was so popular among our generation....he was a rebel and a bit of a satirist. The latter makes him a fun read/listen. For example, Vonnegut derides semicolons as an indicator of a college education. Have I used a semicolon in this review?
Everyone should read this book--or listen to the audiobook. It might be a compilation of graduation speeches, but his sage advice applies to all ages. How often do we look bleakly at the world? Vonnegut offers honest wisdom with a firm grasp on reality. If we all took a moment to appreciate the nice things in life when they happen I think we would just be a happier species in general.
This was an interesting set of graduation speeches. The introduction about Vonnegut was a lot more engaging. The speeches become a little repetitive in theme and message.
Actually, this did make me want to read Kurt Vonnegut, only because I am curious as to what the fuss is all about. I am currently reading 'Slaughter House 5', his most famous novella.
The performance was fine, not outstanding but it was easy to listen to!
An interesting set of speeches that were engaging enough to make me want to read one of his books.
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