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Publisher's Summary

Kurt Vonnegut is a master of contemporary American Literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America's attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as a "true artist" ( The New York Times) with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He is, as Graham Greene has declared, "one of the best living American writers". 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.
©1950 -1968 by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael Carrato on 08-17-06

Classic Vonnegut

I had read this collection of stories in high school and loved it. When I saw it came out in audio, I snapped it up. It's even better than I remembered it. This collection has it all: from quirky romance to thought-provoking sci-fi to biting (and sometimes hilarious) political satire.

This collection also includes one of the most disturbing short stories I've ever read: the haunting war tale "All the King's Horses".

All stories are well read, by a collection of very capable narrators.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tyler Caughill on 11-01-10

Typically Vonnegut ...

I found this collection of stories to be both mismatched and bizarre, and enjoyed them thoroughly. If you are looking for Chicken Soup for your Soul ... look elsewhere. If you are looking for a strange collection of short stories that will make think about them hours after listening, then this is for you.

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

Varied and engaging - so much more then sci fi

This is an excellent short story collection beautifully performed by several readers.
The sci fi stories are the best ones, but there are more stories about everyday people and situations. Many of the stories conjure up a real feel for the 1950's and 60's, including the Kennedys, Marilyn Monroe, sleezey jazz clubs, teenage rebelion and Cold War paranioa; I am not usually drawn to that kind of thing but this collection had me hooked.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Wras on 04-21-17

Not science fiction as we know it.


It is amazing how the years change us and the way we view the world, this book was published in 1968 forty-nine years ago When the fascination with the Kennedys was at its peak, but ask any young person nowadays what they know about it and you would be lucky if they mention the assassination, it all seems so removed from our world so distant from our culture and yet the concerns with missiles, Cuba, Russia, and the Orient persist, but the Kennedys are not part of it and that is what makes this book seem dated and even tainted with the fascination of this family, they are mention as reference to historical events as if they had been pivotal to history when in reality they are just history.

The main story is to our modern taste offensive in a way that again shows how much we have changed culturally.Others are funny in the way only Kurt Vonnegut could be, some are sad reflections of our humanity and very eloquent in demonstrating our shortcomings.

A bit dated but with treasures to be found.

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