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
Beautiful , inspiring and hilarious. In other words; perfect. Such a great collection to finish off his magnificent career
Young or old we can all use helpful advice or an encouraging word. There is good deal of both in this collection. I only wish I had the book or CD so I could leave it in a coffee shop or on a bus seat for someone else to stumble upon and be encouraged. The next best thing is to take the advice and encouragement and the high regard for the teachings of the Beatitudes that perhaps only a humanist can muster and put what you can into practice with those around you. Thanks, Mr. Vonnegut.
As always, the words of Kurt Vonnegut provide inspiration, wisdom and humour. I've listened to this audiobook several times over, and I'm sure I'll listen to it several times more.
A series of graduation speeches that Vonnegut gave that could inspire anyone. And read by one of the few men to be able to convey his satirical message in the same way he would.
How wonderful to hear his words again. So happy my grandchildren will be able to get to hear his advice! Loved listening to this book.
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?
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