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  • Hocus Pocus

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: George Ralph
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

Hocus Pocus is the fictional autobiography of a West Point graduate who was in charge of the humiliating evacuation of U.S. personnel from the Saigon rooftops at the close of the Vietnam War. Returning home from the war, he unknowingly fathered an illegitimate son. In 2001 the son begins a search for his father. listeners will find a fresh novel, as fascinating and brilliantly offbeat as anything Vonnegut has written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A constant laugh attack at being human :)

  • By Wayne on 05-04-11

An Essential Vonnegut Audiobook

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-17

Love this book, but the format makes it more difficult to understand then some other Kurt books. Being able to listen to the story helped tremendously!

  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,089

Eliot Rosewater, a drunk volunteer fireman and president of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation, is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature, with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. The result is Kurt Vonnegut's funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh we are all heir to.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth.

  • By Darwin8u on 03-27-14

Has never been more relevant.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-17

A much needed dash of insanity in an eerily sane world. Such an interesting book!

  • Player Piano

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

Kurt Vonnegut's first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines. Paul's rebellion is vintage Vonnegut – wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Christopher Bowers on 09-18-17

As relevant now as ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-16

This is one of my favorite books. Vonnegut or otherwise. It's a great audio book copy too. Very clear and the narrator does a great job!

  • Violets Are Blue

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Daniel Whitner, Kevin O'Rourke
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

Detective Alex Cross confronts his most terrifying nemesis ever - and his own worst fears - in this electrifying new thriller from the master of suspense, James Patterson.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration a Disappointment

  • By Vicki F on 01-11-07

One of Patterson's best, and creepiest

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-16

Great quality audiobook, cover and audio sample made me nervous compared to the quality of Roses are Red, but it's a great aduiobook. Also this book is literally insanely creepy!

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  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade

  • A Duty Dance with Death
  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Ethan Hawke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,181

Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What more can be said?

  • By W. Seligman on 09-22-04

Great Narrator; Horrible Narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-16

What would have made Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade better?

Better sound editing, Ethan Hawk as the narrator excited me, but he's practically whispering the entire book, and his voice is constantly fluctuating between too soft to understand and way too loud. The music is horribly distracting as well, and infinitely louder than Hawk's voice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Tralfamadorians. They are such a bizarre and interesting race of aliens.

How could the performance have been better?

I'm no audio expert, but better sound mixing/editing would have made this audiobook decent, but it's just downright impossible to listen to.

What character would you cut from Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade?

My answer is no one, and I don't understand this question. Please don't alter the content of books!

Any additional comments?

I have purchased an audiobook copy of nearly every novel by Kurt Vonnegut and this is the only one that I found so hard to listen to I actually looked for, and purchased a different copy of the audiobook. It's narrated by James Franco and I'd highly recommend it!

  • Along Came a Spider

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Alton Fitzgerald White, Michael Cumpsty
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Along Came a Spider first introduced Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective. When the daughter of a Hollywood actress and the son of the Secretary of the Treasury are kidnapped, Cross and the Secret Service are pitted against Gary Soneji, a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Claycnst on 09-08-07

One of the best audio books I've heard

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-16

This audiobook is narrated by two different narrators, both of whom do and excellent job and the difference in their voices greatly helps the story stay clear. There's also some great but subtle background music that I felt added a lot to the experience. One of my favorite Patterson books brought to life!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dad Is Fat

  • By: Jim Gaffigan
  • Narrated by: Jim Gaffigan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,689
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,654

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads

  • By Sean on 05-17-13

Utterly hysterical

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-15

The narration made this book for me, Gaffigan's delivery is like listening to hours and hours of his stand up. As someone who came from a mid-western family this book really hit home too. Great for a road trip!

  • Cat's Cradle

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,012

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • KV at his best.

  • By Robert on 06-22-12

One of Vonnegut's bests

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-15

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.

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  • Bagombo Snuff Box

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Alexander Marshall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

From the author of such classics as Breakfast of Champions and Cat's Cradle comes this collection of unabridged short fiction originally published in some of America's most popular magazines of the 1950s and 60s. Vonnegut himself selected his best early works for this collection, and he reads the preface and afterword to boot!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vonnegut rediscovered

  • By Douglas on 03-21-03

Great for any Vonnegut fan!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-14

These are touching stories with clear and passionate narrations, there are some of my favorite Vonnegut stories in this book!