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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,346 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kurt Vonnegut Narrator: Rip Torn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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First published on the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut's death, "Armageddon in Retrospect" is a collection of twelve new and unpublished writings on war and peace. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humour, the pieces range from a visceral nonfiction recollection of the destruction of Dresden during World War II - a piece that is as timely today as it was then - to a painfully funny short story about three privates and their fantasies of the perfect first meal upon returning home from war, to a darker, more poignant story about the impossibility of shielding our children from the temptations of violence. Also included in this title are Vonnegut's last speech as well as an assortment of his artwork, with an introduction by the author's son, Mark Vonnegut. "Armageddon in Retrospect" says as much about the times in which we live as it does about the genius of the writer.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rachael Gilkey | 2/18/2014

    " I read almost everything Kurt Vonnegut wrote when I was in high school, which means it has been many, many years since I picked him up. I loved him then, and I still do love him, although this collection starts out very promising in typical weirdo funny Vonnegut style with the printing of his address to the graduating class of a university in Indiana, but then gets somewhat serious and may take you by surprise. a seemingly uncharacteristic seriousness, which is maybe why these were not published until after he passed. Vonnegut is no doubt one of our great American writers. this collection is essential for anyone who has loved him to read in order to see the writer more clearly, though I would encourage a Vonnegut beginner to start elsewhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/17/2014

    " A fost plina de surprize. Te face sa o citesti pe nerasuflate. Desi razboiul e tema principala a celor 12 povestiri (de fapt nu chiar a tuturor), e atat de multa ironie si satira ca uiti de fundal. Importanti sunt oamenii: nemti, americani, rusi, toti pot fi buni sau rai, nationalitatea nu conteaza. M-a impresionat cu cata tristete spune ca Dresda e cel mai frumos oras din lume si a fost distrus. Cred ca unele imagini povestite nu o sa le uit usor: cea cu copilul incapatanat sa ii placa razboiul, cea cu mama indragostita de mantia calului, modul cum se incheie insasi povestirea cu acelasi nume: "Retrospectiva asupra Armaghedonului". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Casey | 2/9/2014

    " I'm a Vonnegut fan anyway but this is very haunting as his war experience was always there in his writing and these are all or mostly war related short stories. The picture on the back is so sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark | 2/5/2014

    " Read it -- if only for 'Wailing Shall Be In All Streets'. Amazing. "

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