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If This Isn't Nice, What Is? Audiobook

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

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This selection of commencement speeches from legendary author Kurt Vonnegut will prove a thoroughly comforting companion for recent graduates as they move out into the so-called real world and attempt to determine their own place within that often overwhelming realm.

Vonnegut's advice, dispensed at countless graduation ceremonies over the course of his life, is by turns moving and comical, indelibly stamped with his unique outlook on the world, and voice actors Kevin T. Collins and Scott Brick take great pains to capture his distinctive authorial tone in their performance. Vonnegut is sometimes sardonic, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes straightforward, but he is always empathetic, a fact well-reflected in Collins and Brick's thoughtful narration of this inspiring work.

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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    A Friend 13/03/2016
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helen 20/02/2017
    Helen 20/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "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 London, UK 24/09/2016
    Mr. S. B. D. Henderson London, UK 24/09/2016

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    "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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  • nina
    førde, Norway
    23/03/14
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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


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blair K. Hartman
    01/11/16
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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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  • Pen&Paper
    California
    23/06/16
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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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R. Robinson
    12/09/15
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    "Loved this book!"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • B. Lanford
    Longview, TX USA
    22/06/17
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    "Great author but repetitive"

    Fun, interesting, and useful advice, but there's a fair amount of repetition throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trent Greenwell
    10/04/17
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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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  • Jack
    01/03/17
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    "Love it"

    Very fun listen. Helped me take a step back and see things differently. Highly recommend.

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  • C. Rush
    Austin
    02/07/16
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    "Too much repetition."

    Seems like this book could have been about 30 minutes long. It repeats a lot of the same antidotes in each section.

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  • B. Burke
    20/06/16
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    "My all time favorite book"

    This is a wonderfully uplifting collection, I listen to
    It whenever I feel life stalling around me. And Scott Brick is a narrator that I seek out. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • JackMargo
    St Petersburg, FL, United States
    01/06/16
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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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