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    • Slaughterhouse-Five

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: James Franco
    • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,869
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,187
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8,167

    Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Everything is nothing, with a twist.

    • By Darwin8u on 01-22-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Cat's Cradle

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,404
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,933

    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

    Regular price: $23.95

    • Breakfast of Champions

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: John Malkovich
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,061
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,053

    Breakfast of Champions (1973) provides frantic, scattershot satire and a collage of Vonnegut's obsessions. His recurring cast of characters and American landscape was perhaps the most controversial of his canon; it was felt by many at the time to be a disappointing successor to Slaughterhouse-Five, which had made Vonnegut's literary reputation.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not one of his better ones

    • By Scott on 12-12-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Sirens of Titan

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,870

    The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course, there's a catch to the invitation....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely Outstanding

    • By Robert on 01-07-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Mother Night

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 960
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 963

    American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Kurt Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of grey with a verdict that will haunt us all. Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • “We are what we pretend to be”

    • By Robert on 09-04-12

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Galapagos

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 665
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 438
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 446

    Galapagos takes the listener back one million years to AD 1986. A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey. Thanks to an apocalypse, a small group of survivors stranded on the Galapagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave, new, totally different human race. Kurt Vonnegut, America's master satirist, looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly, madly awry - and all that is worth saving.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • What can I say...

    • By Andrew J. Jackson on 04-25-12

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Player Piano

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 650
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 508
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 513

    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

    Regular price: $34.95

    • 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 1,264
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,059
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,074

    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

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Welcome to the Monkey House

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: David Strathairn, Maria Tucci, Bill Irwin, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 583
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 365
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364

    Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut's shorter works. Originally printed in publications as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly, what these superb stories share is Vonnegut's audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Vonnegut

    • By Michael Carrato on 08-17-06

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Bluebeard

    • The Autobiography of Rabo Karabekian (1916-1988)
    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 354
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 327
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 324

    Meet Rabo Karabekian, a moderately successful surrealist painter who we meet late in life and see struggling (like all of Vonnegut's key characters) with the dregs of unresolved pain and the consequences of brutality. Loosely based on the legend of Bluebeard (best realized in Bela Bartok's one-act opera), the novel follows Karabekian through the last events in his life that is heavy with women, painting, artistic ambition, artistic fraudulence, and as of yet unknown consequence.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Kurt Vonnegut explores the arts

    • By Darwin8u on 12-28-17
    • The Autobiography of Rabo Karabekian (1916-1988)
    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Release date: 06-23-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 354 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Hocus Pocus

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: LJ Ganser
    • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 169

    Eugene Debs Hartke describes an odyssey from college professor to prison inmate to prison warden back again to prisoner in another of Vonnegut's bitter satirical explorations of how and where (and why) the American dream begins to die. Employing his characteristic narrative device - a retrospective diary in which the protagonist retraces his life at its end, a desperate and disconnected series of events here in Hocus Pocus show Vonnegut with his mask off and his rhetorical devices unshielded.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun, zany and worth the read!

    • By Anonymous User on 12-09-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Slapstick

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
    • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 115

    Perhaps the most autobiographical (and deliberately least disciplined) of Vonnegut's novels, Slapstick (1976) is in the form of a broken family odyssey and is surely a demonstration of its eponymous title. The story centers on brother and sister twins, children of Wilbur Swain, who are in sympathetic and (possibly) telepathic communication and who represent Vonnegut's relationship with his own sister who died young of cancer almost two decades before the book's publication.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lonely No More!

    • By Darwin8u on 11-16-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Interview with Kurt Vonnegut

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Kurt Vonnegut, Donald Farber
    • Length: 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 659
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 362
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 362

    In this interview, the late author Kurt Vonnegut talks with his long-time attorney and agent, Donald Farber, about his classic novel Slaughterhouse Five, which was first published in 1969. It is widely considered one of the best American novels of the 20th century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Every American should read

    • By Jason on 07-10-18

    Regular price: $0.00

    • If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

    • Advice for the Young
    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Scott Brick
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 569
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 492
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 496

    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".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This IS nice

    • By nina on 03-23-14

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Timequake

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Arthur Bishop
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 97

    According to Kurt Vonnegut's alter ego, the old science fiction writer Kilgore Trout, a global timequake will occur on February 13, 2001, at 2:27 p.m. It will be the moment when the universe suffers a crisis of conscience: Should it go on expanding indefinitely or collapse and make another great big BANG? For its own cosmic reasons, it decides to back up a decade to 1991, giving the world a 10-year case of deja vu, making everybody and everything do exactly what they'd done during the past decade.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Arias only make hopeless situations worse

    • By Darwin8u on 12-28-17

    Regular price: $14.17

    • A Man Without a Country

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
    • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 411
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 139

    One of the greatest minds in American writing, Kurt Vonnegut shares his often hilarious and always insightful reflections on America, art, politics and life in general. No matter the subject, Vonnegut will have you considering perspectives you may never have regarded. On the creative process: "If you want to really hurt your parents...the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding."

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good but uneven collection of essays

    • By J. S. Koehler on 01-28-06

    Regular price: $19.99

    • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 1

    • By: Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg, Fritz Leiber, and others
    • Narrated by: Jim Roberts, Ben Hurst, Cindy Hardin Killavey
    • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 113

    This first volume of Favorite Science Fiction Stories features "the best of the best" from the Golden Age of science fiction. It includes 21 stories by, among others, Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Robert Silverberg, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Philip K. Dick, Edmond Hamilton, Jack Williamson, Alan Edward Nourse, Fritz Leiber, Frederik Pohl, Fredric Brown, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and others.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great selection

    • By Empowerment on 09-05-09

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Audio Collection

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    • Narrated by: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. himself reads from his most celebrated works: Breakfast of Champions, Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, and three complete stories from Welcome to the Monkey House.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • This is highly abridged and incomplete

    • By J. on 08-23-13

    Regular price: $17.10

    • Deadeye Dick

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If I aimed at nothing..nothing is what I would hit

    • By Darwin8u on 11-28-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Jailbird

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    Walter Starbuck, a career humanist and eventual low-level aide in the Nixon White House, is implicated in Watergate and jailed, after which he (like Howard Campbell in Mother Night) works on his memoirs. Starbuck is innocent (his office was used as a base for the Watergate shenanigans of which he had no knowledge), and yet he is not innocent (he has collaborated with power unquestioningly and served societal order all his life). He represents another Vonnegut Everyman caught amongst forces he neither understands nor can defend.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a fool and his self respect are soon parted

    • By Darwin8u on 11-18-16

    Regular price: $19.95

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