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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (128,440 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kurt Vonnegut Narrator: Tony Roberts Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9780061135217
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Cat's Cradle is Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A free-wheeling vehicle…an unforgettable ride.”

    New York Times

  • “Our finest black-humorist…We laugh in self-defense.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • Vonnegut's 1963 satirical science fiction novel still manages to pack a powerfully subversive punch…Tony Roberts brings tremendous energy to his reading, projecting a sardonic tone perfectly suited to Vonnegut.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A 1964 Hugo Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Duncan Finlayson | 2/18/2014

    " I was lent Cats Cradle by my brother-in-law, he thought I might like it, but to be honest I struggled with it a fair bit! I had no knowledge of the book prior to reading, thus I had no preconceptions of it either, but it's fair to say I don't see the classic book that other reviewers see! I just didn't get on with the authors writing style, I didn't see the absurdities in the situations in the storyline, in so much that, that the book seemed to be absurd in the way it was written! The more I read, the more I felt this way, it's fair to say we didn't get on! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Mabbitt | 1/30/2014

    " Makes one long for Indiana. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 1/27/2014

    " The essential Vonnegut. I have never felt so transparent as when I read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 1/25/2014

    " Nothing in this review is the truth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 1/16/2014

    " Epiphanies are rare occurrences and this book triggered one for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jarakelian | 12/20/2013

    " Wacky... I think you will like it. I have a hard copy so can lend it anytime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad Roberts | 12/18/2013

    " Not my favorite Kurt Vonnegut book, but it was OK. For some reason, I didn't really like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicolas | 12/12/2013

    " nice old school sci-fi "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lolibanger | 11/22/2013

    " pretty neat book for a clown to read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kuilu | 10/23/2013

    " This book left the worst feeling in me that I have ever experienced. It takes some skill to do that. I read this book several years ago and thinking about it now makes me feel really upset. I only wish that Mr. Vonnegut was still around. I very much would like to write him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 7/16/2013

    " Who doesn't love a good end of the world novel?! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 5/4/2013

    " Beautiful, funny, great message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Townsend | 11/30/2012

    " Fun, the underlying themes were a little lost on me. I understand he submitted this as part of his dissertation. Stands alone as a work of fiction adequately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry Naylor | 11/22/2012

    " Ha ha ha...this is one of the funniest books I've ever read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 4/4/2012

    " I'm not sure what to think of this book. It was funny at points but I have the feeling that there is some larger meaning that the author was trying to make that I didn't pick up on. Maybe I'm not smart enough or maybe I was just looking for something that's not there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E | 10/1/2011

    " Another book about the futility of life. At least this one was a quick read, even though I didn't like it from the start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Iwaasa | 6/19/2011

    " An enjoyable book and a short read. It definitely made me think about things and how it might all end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salvatore | 3/8/2011

    " Vonnegut is a sci-fi author in denial. This book is pretty good as a sci-fi story that is light on the technobabble and high on humanity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Etan Ilfeld | 2/10/2011

    " Weird but fun. Each chapter is bite sized, and the book often reads like poetry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 12/28/2010

    " I read this book for my book group - it's not my usual reading style but I did appreciate it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leo Robertson | 12/22/2010

    " One of my most wtf reads of 2012. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Grace | 12/19/2010

    " Took me about half of the book in order for my interest to really be piqued. After that I found the novel to be interesting. The format was hard for me because it never felt fluid with all of its short chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoAnna Paredes | 8/2/2010

    " very strange book but well writen and enjoyed "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Gendron | 2/8/2010

    " Interesting read and especially interesting since it was our high school book club choice. Our foreign students had a really tough time with it but the discussion was a lot of fun- talking about all of the irony. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 9/24/2009

    " Very funny book so far "

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