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3.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 5 3.78 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kurt Vonnegut Narrator: Kevin Killavey Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was known for blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction, and that is exactly what he does in this little gem of of a story from 1962. In the chronology of his works, it came between Mother Night and Cat's Cradle. The title is pronounced 2 B R naught 2 B and references the famous phrase, 'To be or not to be in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

The story takes place in a future when diseases and aging have been eliminated and, as a result, the government has taken measures to insure population control. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Geiges | 2/20/2014

    " Very short story, quick read, interesting insight into population control in the future "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Velma | 2/14/2014

    " Funny, like any good Vonnegut. Even funnier considering the current paranoia on the part of some red-staters fearing forced euthanasia "death panels". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/10/2014

    " A very short story but worth the read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rangies3 | 1/29/2014

    " Was this something he wrote in high school? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/25/2014

    " This was free on iBooks. Very interesting short story. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce McKune | 1/14/2014

    " Waiting for his triplets to be born, the father had to find 3 people willing to die. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaclyn | 1/4/2014

    " This was amazing. Definitely worth a read for anyone who thinks the quest for eternal life is a good thing. I love Vonnegut, and this story was as representative of his work as anything else I have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Blanchette | 12/26/2013

    " This was a nice, morbid short story. I like the concept, but hope life never gets this far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Opal Trelore | 12/25/2013

    " Read the Project Gutenberg edition. It was an interesting idea, but mostly just an idea. The characters were all very flat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C. Purtill | 12/18/2013

    " A good short from Vonnegut. Perhaps it was surprising or shocking when originally written but I read a lot of King shorts which are similarly-themed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Persinger | 12/7/2013

    " I'm not sure what to say about this short story, because I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. It definitely causes a gut reaction, and is extremely thought provoking. It's well worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 8/16/2013

    " Not the ending I'd envisioned, but what a life to have to live--population control; this plays like a scene from the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits. I loved it and now I think I've become a Vonnegut fan. Slaughterhouse Five is next on my list... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasha | 3/16/2013

    " really interesting short story I really approve of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxane | 2/27/2013

    " Short story of an over-populated society and one solution to handle it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 11/24/2012

    " This is a very short story. It takes roughly 15 minutes to read the whole thing. And it's a free Kindle download on Amazon right now, so if you like Vonnegut (like I do), it's worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 9/16/2012

    " Great short story. Fun to read and think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Barrus | 9/15/2012

    " A short story but a cool read if you like sci-fi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 7/15/2012

    " I need to read more Vonnegut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 5/24/2012

    " I like Vonnegut a lot, but this was just an okay short story with a clever title. I'm finding a lot of free books and stories to download onto my phone via the iBooks app, and this was one of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 5/24/2012

    " This is an insightful little story on how government control and eroding values can lead to outlandish results. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 12/22/2011

    " weird take on population control in a world that never ages and you only die when you choose to. very short story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat | 9/6/2011

    " I found the idea to be interesting but i was broad sized by the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 9/2/2011

    " takes about 10 minutes to read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/17/2011

    " Well, that's one way to approach population control. Man, I love Vonnegut. Brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 5/23/2011

    " I'm really enjoying this one so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chandlerm25 | 5/20/2011

    " My favorite book I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikhil | 5/20/2011

    " Simple story about what happens when a scientist is careless about his discovery, concerning himself only with the process of discovery rather than the ramifications of it. The world ends through no evil intentions of the scientist but through some fateful coincidences over which he has no control. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 5/17/2011

    " A slower read, but enjoying it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 5/15/2011

    " One of my top 3 Vonnegut books. Funny, cynical, and profound all at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad | 5/13/2011

    " Really good book. If you like Vonnegut, this is my favorite book by him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bret | 5/12/2011

    " See the Cat? See the cradle?? Little people, stone angels, the end of the world, what else do you need?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thadd | 5/12/2011

    " A dark tale about a scientist whose invention destroys all life on earth. Read this at your own risk. Although it's an interesting story, it's not for everybody. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 5/11/2011

    " This was a re-read that I think I loved as much the second time around as I did the first. I am still undoubtedly a Vonnegut devotee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 5/11/2011

    " Probably 3.5 stars. It was funny. But, I felt like it started strong and tailed off at the end. Bonus points for the made-up religion, Bokononism, and its asscoiated lingo, and midget Russian spy balerina. No kidding! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kdirewolf | 5/9/2011

    " No damn cat, no damn cradle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ludmila | 5/8/2011

    " Skvelá kniha. Buh zrejme stvoril cloveka proto, aby obdivoval jeho tvorbu sveta. Lidské dejiny (a buh také) ovšem dokazují, že clovek žádný smysl nemá (a proto není co obdivovat). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 5/6/2011

    " Ice-9 is bad for society. "

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About the Author
Author Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was a master of contemporary American Literature. His black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America's attention in The Siren's of Titan in 1959 and established him as "a true artist" with Cat's Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene has declared, "one of the best living American writers."