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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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About the Author
Author Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007) was 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” with Cat’s Cradle in 1963.

About the Narrator

Tony Roberts is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has had roles in numerous films, many by Woody Allen, as well as his starring roles on Broadway in Arsenic and Old Lace; Promises, Promises; and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.