Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

Audiobook CD - 2007
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On a Caribbean island, we meet Felix Hoenikker, a physicist and one of the fathers of the atomic bomb. He makes another discovery, that of "ice-nine", a substance that can turn the whole world into a block of ice.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, p2007
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780060898731
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Roberts, Tony 1939-

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chilcoat
Nov 06, 2017

This comment is specifically about the Audio CD version of this title. I simply hate Tony Roberts's narration of this title. His voicing of the female characters, in particular, is cutesy and condescending. I love Kurt Vonnegut, and had to return this title before I had completed the first disc, as I feared listening to it would sour me to the book.

Far, far better is Ethan Hawke's reading of Slaughterhouse Five; I highly recommend that.

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lexlothor
Jun 05, 2017

Don't try Vonnegut at home boys and girls. Leave it to the experts. Cat's Cradle is a novel that defies categorization. It has been pigeon holed as social satire and as science fiction, but that is like nailing jello to a tree. It comes off as unhinged as one of Hunter S. Thompson's memoires of the druggy Sixties. This novel is written in the first person by an unnamed protagonist who is essentially Vonnegut himself. Like the narrator of Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" it is the reflections of a traveler to an impoverished third world country that is being treated as a doormat by the West. The themes of Stangelovian science gone terribly wrong and Scientology-style crap religion are woven through this work yet they come in an out of focus in an apparently aimless fashion. It all culminates with the end of the world as neither a bang nor a whimper but a yawn. Try it if you dare but don't be surprised if it leaves you scratching your head. WTF did I just read?

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jtfarley
Apr 22, 2016

As an Indianapolis native, it is hard not to like Vonnegut, one of the few literary products of our city. This is Vonnegut at his most creative and irreverent.

jessica_wirth Aug 31, 2011

Satire at its best. Hiliariously entertaining, wish they would've taught Bokononism in my world religions class;) LOL I enjoyed this midget more than the ones Chelsea Handler tangeled with. Great book.

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