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Summary

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.
(P)1973, 1974, 1979, 1994 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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"Kurt Vonnegut is probably the only narrator who could do justice to these selections." ( AudioFile)

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Nobody reads Vonnegut like Vonnegut

Please download this collection, it's amazing. Don't be put off by the fact that the version of Slaughter House 5 is highly abridged, or that you only get 3 stories from Welcome to the Monkey House. Vonnegurts pace, his reading voice and his singing make this an unforgettable treat. I recommend this to Vonnegurt fans even if you already have copies of all the stories being read in more complete forms by other people, nothing can match it. For those new to Vonnegurt or those starting to explore sci fi short stories this collection will fill up your imagination.

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  • jo
  • 29-08-16

his singing is priceless

it was surely a lifesaver for me in desperate times (and will be in the future as well). i wish i knew how to speak of this more eloquently because i can't just say nothing. please let yourself have this experience, it is well worth 4 hours of your time on this planet. thank you

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  • J.
  • 23-08-13

This is highly abridged and incomplete

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you've read the books already then this is great audio to hear Kurt Vonnegut talk about the books and about the story line briefly.

What could Kurt Vonnegut have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It would be more enjoyable if you were able to follow when one story stopped and the other began. I couldn't tell which story I was listening to and the stories were much summarized more than they were read line by line.

What does Kurt Vonnegut bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kurt Vonnegut brings his own personal perspectives about each book rather than the books themselves. He even plays guitar and sings! This part is awesome. To get the authors point of view. However, if you download this audio file thinking you're going to hear the book, you are mistaken. It is Kurt reading some of the book and telling you about his experiences as an author surrounding those books.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The redeeming qualities were mentioned above in what Kurt brings to the book.

Any additional comments?

It should be noted somewhere in the description that this isn't really a reading of a book but more of Kurt Vonnegut's point of view as the author.

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  • Linda
  • 22-07-06

Nice Vonnegut sampler

I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It reminded me of some wonderful moments reading his paperbacks in college. It might be a little confusing if you're not familiar with his work but it's probably still worth a try if you are thinking of "tasting" some Vonnegut.

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  • John P. Connolly
  • 30-03-15

Very interesting to hear the stories

I liked the way the author was able to articulate the stories in the manner directly linked to the intent of the words. I feel as though my interpretation of the stories is more accurate.

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  • Timoteo
  • 08-03-18

Vonnegut reads his work

I really enjoyed this. I found Vonnegut's work fascinating, but I was also fascinated by it because he was reading it and in a way interpreting it. This contains the short story Harrison Bergeron, which is a futuristic story about future laws that prevent talented people from performing in an outstanding manner because it they might outshine less gifted people. Another highlight of this recording is an abridged version of Slaughterhouse Five, Vonnegut's famous book about Dresden. It is a Traufamadorian experience in which Billy Pilgrim comes unstuck in time. Then there's the short novella (or "long short story") entitled Welcome to the Monkey House, also set in the future, in an overpopulated world in which everyone is required to take medication that removes libido, so that humans will not reproduce.

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  • Kelly Shannon
  • 02-02-16

No chapter titles

There are no chapter titles, nor does the reader identify which story they are about to begin reading. Makes no sense to provide no orientation to the listener in a collection of short stories.