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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.
©1963 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • GD
  • 02-22-18

Smashing read

Mr Vonnegut throws rubber balls in the China shop of your beliefs. Unless of course you are already a Bokononist.

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Weird, but still found it pretty interesting

This author's text seem to have a certain tone. The tone here seems a bit nihilistic. Still, an interesting exploration of belief.

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Music between chapters?

Enjoyed the story and the narration was good, but didn't like the random 6 chapter breaks or the music in between chapters.

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RELAX EVERYTHING IS A LIE

brilliant novel, a lesson in humility, a glimpse into what humanity has meant, and all the richness of written word as a triple chocolate fudge cake. I'd mark a star off for getting lost towards the last third of the novel, but I know that's my own damn fault ;p.

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Delightful!

I love Kurt Vonnegut. He is so creative and funny, and Cat's Cradle was no exception. I find his work intellectually challenging as well, so if you like humor and irony that is on a little higher level than most fiction, you might enjoy this.

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Loved this as a teen and needed to remember why!

Narration very good. Really funny, so clever, so true. This book pretty much puts the humane condition in a nutshell.

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busy busy busy

Very intriguing book. Not sure how I feel about it but still very good and interesting.

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Not bad, but my least favorite by Vonnegut.

I nearly returned the book while getting through the first third of the books, and even after that I can't say I was super interested in it. It lacked a lot of Vonnegut's usual charm. The narrator was dull and certainly didn't help. Perhaps in a year or two I'll come back to it again.

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Witty & Brilliant

Loved the interesting characters & how the book came full circle. The narrator is incredible!

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  • Tim
  • Oakland, CA
  • 01-09-17

great story. Terrible narrator

cat's cradle is one of my all-time favorite english-language novels. However the narrator on this recording seems to have very poor sense comedic timing and has never heard calypso music.