If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

Advice for the Young
Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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This IS nice

What did you love best about If This Isn't Nice, What Is??

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

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vonnegut himself

What did you learn from If This Isn't Nice, What Is? that you would use in your daily life?

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

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Life advice from the ultimate cynic

Life advice from Kurt Vonnegut narrated by Scott Brick is worthwhile listening even if one disagrees with much of it.

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What can I say!

The master of pointing out the obvious that most people overlook said it all again.

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Lovely

This is a nice little collection of speeches from an excellent writer and thinker. If you're very familiar with the author, you probably won't find much new, but it is an easy and concise read that will stimulate your mind weather you agree with him or not.

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Wonderfully. quotable

Great ideas for new grads and also for anyone who is thoughtful about life. I'll listen tho this again and again because of this isn't nice, what is?

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Loved it!

Five stars all around! A wonderful book full of wisdom and thought provoking ideas. This ought to be required reading in college English 101.

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Loved this book!

I found this audio book entertaining, thought provoking, and funny. I highly recommend this book.

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If this isn't nice, what is?

Great messages cleverly delivered by the author and well-performed by the reader. Some content repeats from speech to speech, but not at any detriment to the overall experience.

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Such wonderful lessons

Every couple of years I reread some of my favorite Vonnegut books
This is a reminder why I'm a 40 some year fan since high school. This is a new favorite.

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Pure DELIGHT!

I loved it. Kevin is a fantastic reader, and the best choice I can think of.
Kurt Vonnegut is such a powerful inspiration, I envy whoever had been in his presence I wish I'd been opportuned

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  • A Friend
  • 03-13-16

a delight to the ears

It goes without saying that Vonneguts words are all absolutely masterful. An amazing guy. I only got this as I saw it was £2 and didn't expect much but I'm so glad I did. I'm sure I'll be listening to this many more times yet

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  • 03-16-18

Just wonderful

It's Kurt Vonnegut giving life advice. What's not to like? As his Uncle used to say, if this isn't nice, what is?

The narration is clear and makes for an easy listen. A lovely way to spend a few hours even if a few moments in the book are repetitive.

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  • Helen
  • 02-20-17

Just What I Needed

I would recommend this to any student struggling with it all, or in fact anyone who feels lost in their lives

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  • Mr. S. B. D. Henderson
  • 09-24-16

That was lovely!

I love being reminded of the brilliance and insight of Vonnegut... This did that perfectly!
Just wish it was longer...
May have to re-listen to Cats Cradle now...