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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.

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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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

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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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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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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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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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Loved this book!

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

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Picked bc it was free, shared bc it is nice.

I picked it because I was looking for a short and free listen. I didn't expect it to be so good. As a new teacher, I was especially encouraged. The education system is really awful in a lot of ways, but it also has some pretty amazing things too. Some nice things.

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I ❤️ Vonnegut

yet I had never actually listened to any of his commencement speeches. he is, was and will always be a class above.

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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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  • Steve R
  • 09-07-21

absolute pap and general know it all meanderings

claptrap, bilge and an unlistenable dirge from somebody who loved to prattle on. If it wasn't free then I'd be angry, as it is I'm just mildly vexed

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  • LC
  • 08-16-21

Thought provoking and fun

I enjoyed this speech/talk and found it interesting and fun as well as containing genuinely useful advice

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  • Duncan Russell
  • 01-04-21

heartwarming freethinking compassionate funny

Kurt Vonnegut holds his wisdom and his childlike wonder in either hand and shows them to us so that we may marvel at both. It made me happy to listen to his speeches. True, there is repetition and not too many themes, but I didn't care. It's just so refreshing to hear such a cogent and brave American voice speak so well about the human condition and what is required of us as Planet Earth's most destructive tenants.

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  • H. Fosdike
  • 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...

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  • Michael Fleming
  • 08-24-21

So it goes

A unique intellect so beautifully expressed. wisdom gleaned from a life you couldn’t make up.