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Deadeye Dick is Kurt Vonnegut's funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence. Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors - a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron bomb - Rudy Waltz, aka Deadeye Dick, takes us along on a zany search for absolution and happiness. Here is a tale of crime and punishment that makes us rethink what we believe...and who we say we are.

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Featured Article: 70+ Unforgettable Kurt Vonnegut Quotes


Kurt Vonnegut had an extremely productive career, penning everything from plays to short stories to full-length nonfiction. Drawing on his experiences of war, life, and love, Vonnegut’s powerful messages were delivered so creatively—and often quite satirically—ensuring that they stood the test of time. This assortment of Kurt Vonnegut quotes is just a glimpse of the gems found throughout the works of this great author.

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If I aimed at nothing..nothing is what I would hit

"Human beings always treat blizzards as though they were the end of the world," he said. "They're like Birds when the sun go down. Birds think the sun is never going to come up again. Sometimes, just listen to the birds when the sun goes down."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Deadeye Dick

This is one of those Vonnegut novels, I'll probably hold off giving to my son to read. Not yet son. You aren't quite ready for this depth of existentialist Vonnegut despair. The world is sometimes a rotten place, it really is, but I don't want to step on all his hope too early. Once when I was young, and I said something cynical and sarcastic in front of my father, he rebuked me and said, "Son, leave sarcasm, cynicism, and Depend® undergarments to men above the age of 50. It isn't becoming in a kid so young." I now get what he meant. This is Vonnegut for old, cynical Vonnegut fans wearing a comfortable pair of Depends®. This is for those of us in our Epilogue years.

There is always a darkness to Vonnegut that is masked by his humor and his nonchalance. You often forget that there is an actual 1000 foot canyon beneath Vonnegut as his prose dances on the line of absurdism, death, and inhumanity. In this novel, you don't forget. That is part of the act, see? Vonnegut is pointing out the bodies on the rocks below and blaming the audience a bit. Still, it is pretty d@mn good stuff.

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One of my favorite Vonnegut books

Classic Vonnegut. The first writer to make me fall in love with literature. I don't know what it is that he's truly saying, but I feel like I get it, all the same. And it is always hilariously funny, and wistfully melancholic at the same time. He straddles the line between hope and despair with trenchant sarcasm that never quite becomes cynicism. I don't know. I'm just smart enough to know there's something there and enjoy it, but not smart enough to know what it is or why it is important.

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A sneaky KV classic

Vonnegut knocks it out of the park with this humorous tale about a misfortunate man who accidentally shoots and kills a woman. Thus Deadeye Dick is born. Enjoy!

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Excellent narration of a great story!!

Sean Runnette's narration was Perfect! I'm not sure why some people felt otherwise. I enjoyed this audiobook thoroughly and I deeply relate to all things Vonnegut. 😭☺💔💖

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dang

It's a great story, but Sean reads it like it were 300 obituaries read back to back.

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Lesser Vonnegut, but with it’s moments

This rambling story, somewhat of a morality tale, in the Vonnegutian manner, is well written and held my attention. Still, the message is bleak and the characters only mildly interesting as vehicles for a few sweeping statements about society as humankind. If you have plenty of time and nothing better to do, give a listen.

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I love Vonnegut but...

I love Vonnegut. I am actually reading through all of his novels to gear up for a Vonnegut tattoo. This book was a dud. They can’t all be great but this book wasn’t engaging and what made it worst— the narration. This was a downright bad narration. It was difficult to listen to and if I didn’t make a promise to myself to read all of his novels, I would have definitely returned it.

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Unlistenable audio quality. I wish someone would re-record all the Vonnegut books. Don't buy this.

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Very Enjoyable!

This is the story of a severely dysfunctional family. Told in an original style of writing by Kurt Vonnegut from the youngest sons point of view.
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broken file even when redownloaded

cool story. I'm through 12 chapters and can't get back to that point because this audio file is corrupt or broken or something. I am no longer able to scroll through the timeline. which makes the entire app useless for me. giant waste of time. glad I got to read most of a book.