• The Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Audio Collection

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-11-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (93 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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Critic Reviews

"Kurt Vonnegut is probably the only narrator who could do justice to these selections." (AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 07-22-06

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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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By J. on 08-23-13

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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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-22-07

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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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By jo on 08-29-16

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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