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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 1,309
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230

    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
    • A brilliant listen

    • By Matthew Dawkins on 22-01-17

    Regular price: £18.79

    • The Sirens of Titan

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 133
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 106

    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
    • Brilliant-Ieony

    • By GKW on 11-04-19

    Regular price: £22.89

    • Breakfast of Champions

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: John Malkovich
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A unique and biting wit

    • By Kaggy on 28-06-18

    Regular price: £18.79

    • Cat's Cradle

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 129

    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 dwarf 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
    • Excellent introduction to the short american novel

    • By Chanoch on 01-04-08

    Regular price: £22.49

    • 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 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    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
    • a delight to the ears

    • By A Friend on 13-03-16

    Regular price: £2.89

    • Galapagos

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    Galapagos takes the listener back one million years to A.D. 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, and totally different, human race.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By Stuart on 14-02-12

    Regular price: £32.79

    • 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 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Varied and engaging - so much more then sci fi

    • By Amazon Customer on 22-06-07

    Regular price: £28.89

    • Player Piano

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Uncanny prediction of today's world of automation.

    • By Matthew on 18-09-16

    Regular price: £32.79

    • Mother Night

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • German anyone???

    • By PAOLA on 22-05-14

    Regular price: £28.09

    • 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 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nobody reads Vonnegut like Vonnegut

    • By Amazon Customer on 22-06-07

    Regular price: £16.59

    • Slapstick

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
    • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    Regular price: £18.79

    • 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 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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.

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

    Regular price: £19.39

    • Fates Worse Than Death

    • An Autobiographical Collage
    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Richard Davidson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Kurt Vonnegut presents in Fates Worse than Death a veritable cornucopia of his thoughts on what could perhaps best be summed up as "anti-theology", a manifesto for atheism that details Vonnegut's drift from conventional religion, even a tract evidencing belief in the divine held within each individual self--the deity within each individual person present in a universe that otherwise lacks any real order.

    Regular price: £18.79

    • Basic Training

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Colin Hanks
    • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Written to be sold under the pseudonym of "Mark Harvey", this 20,000-word novella was never published in Vonnegut’s lifetime. Basic Training is a bitter, profoundly disenchanted story that satirizes the military, authoritarianism, gender relationships, parenthood, and most of the assumed mid-century myths of the family. Haley Brandon, the adolescent protagonist, comes to the farm of his relative, the old crazy who insists upon being called The General, to learn to be a straight-shooting American....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • ok

    • By MR on 01-04-13

    Regular price: £6.79

    • 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 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Perhaps it just wasn't for me

    • By Kieran Murphy on 01-04-18

    Regular price: £28.09

    • Hocus Pocus

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

    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.

    Regular price: £19.39

    • Dimension X

    • Adventures in Time & Space
    • By: Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Staats Cotsworth, Raymond Edward Johnson, Les Damon, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door." A new crop of writers emerged from the dawning of the nuclear age, grappling with humankind's place in the universe. While imagining the wonders of space exploration and the rise of technological advancements, they questioned whether we were prepared to encounter aliens, or even control the machines and weapons we'd built ourselves.

    Regular price: £20.99

    • We Are What We Pretend to Be

    • The First and Last Works
    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Colin Hanks, Oliver Wyman, Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Called “our finest black-humorist” by The Atlantic Monthly, Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Now his first and last works come together for the first time in print, in a collection aptly titled after his famous phrase, We Are What We Pretend To Be.

    Regular price: £14.49

    • Timequake

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated by: Arthur Bishop
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    Regular price: £13.79

    • Two by Vonnegut: The Big Trip Up Yonder and 2BR02B

    • By: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    • Narrated by: Kitty Hendrix
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-2007) was a prolific and genre-bending American novelist known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cat's Cradle (1963), and Breakfast of Champions (1973).

    These two short works, "The Big Trip Up Yonder" and "2BR02B", are science fiction tales originally published in the magazines Galaxy Science Fiction and If: Worlds of Science Fiction in 1959 and 1962.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • "...the mournful problem of life."

    • By Norma Miles on 09-01-17

    Regular price: £6.59

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