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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,844 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kurt Vonnegut Narrator: George Ralph Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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Hocus Pocus is the fictional autobiography of a West Point graduate who was in charge of the humiliating evacuation of U.S. personnel from the Saigon rooftops at the close of the Vietnam War. Returning home from the war, he unknowingly fathered an illegitimate son.

In 2001 the son begins a search for his father and catches up with him just in time to see him arrested for masterminding the prison break of 10,000 convicts.

Using his famous brand of satire and wit, Vonnegut captures 21st century America as only he could foresee it. In Hocus Pocus, listeners will find a fresh novel, as fascinating and brilliantly offbeat as anything he's written. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie H. | 2/16/2014

    " For those of us who teach at small colleges in rural areas, this novel of the parallel stories between a small school in upstate New York and a nearby prison is Vonnegut at his silly best. When the inmates escape and take over the university, you can only imagine the implications for higher education administrators :) "

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

    " What can I say about Kur Vonnegut that hasn't already been said? This book, like all of his others that I have read, was a real joy to read. The dry humor within the novel is so very much Vonnegut that I can think of only one other person who can come close (Joseph Heller). The commentary on society, politics, war, and life in general also make Vonnegut a great read. His work is never preachy, but always enjoyable and filled with humor. While reading this book, I had to laugh like hell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bria | 2/5/2014

    " I read this in high school, and it was one of my favorite Vonnegut books ever. Now I don't see why I went so crazy all over it. It's good cause it's Vonnegut, but not really all that special. Maybe it's just the mood I'm in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Lippart | 1/28/2014

    " I have been re-reading all the Vonnegut books, and I hadn't realized before how many of them have the same premise- lonely man, at the end of his life, is either writing or telling his life story. So essentially what Vonnegut has done is master the art of the fictional autobiography. Even though the set ups are all very similar, each story is so different, so interesting, that it's hard to to get sucked in. He is just such a cynical, funny bastard. I guess you could say this about every book of his, and that was why they all work :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Wing | 1/27/2014

    " After reading about Japanese torture camps, I thought another point of view was necessary. Vonnegut is one of my favorites, and this was sitting on the shelf. He develops a Nam vet with a flashback of the service, the marriage following, the teaching position, philandering, drinking, laughing at the Establishment, Edward Abbeyish. I am about half way. Finished in a flurry. Vonnegut can become redundant after a while, when everyone is crazy and proud of it. I still like his characterizations. His effort in this novel was to avoid profanity (when the effluent hit the air conditioner) was feeble.The political slants are interesting and unsteady. The anti-war theme is rich. For a short Vonnegut with a sectional organization, this is your friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dwight | 1/26/2014

    " Quite possibly my favorite Vonnegut. Dozens of great one-liners and topics for thought/discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilit | 1/15/2014

    " This is probably my favorite Kurt Vonnegut book. As far as I know, it's one of his lesser-known ones, but it is awesome! Read it! Absolutely hilarious, easy to get through, and hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 1/2/2014

    " guy asked for this at the bookstore. he sputtered how weird the 1st half is & then how it collapses together into Vonnegutian merriment. darker than "Galapagos" but lighter then "Cat's Cradle", this one's a keeper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will Craighead | 12/7/2013

    " Kurt rocks "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 11/20/2013

    " this was one of the most unusual and FUN books I've ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 11/3/2013

    " I loved this book. I used to read it over and over as a form of therapy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 10/25/2013

    " I'd like to recommend this book to all of you. Go ahead: read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris DeGuire | 10/18/2013

    " Vonnegut is a modern day satirist, like Swift and Twain. He's funny and witty and crude and honest in what he's learned about humanity. I laughed out loud a lot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 j.m.c. harvey | 10/18/2013

    " this was maybe the seven vonnegut novel i've read. it wasn't any better than any other novel i've read from him. but i actually really liked most his work, this just didn't stick out. all i really retained was 'when the excrement hits the fan'. trying to use it more in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britney Niksarian | 10/11/2012

    " I thought it was fast paced at first but then it kind of slowed down for me. I liked it for the most part. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Audrey | 9/21/2012

    " I read this and I don't even remember what it was about. It must have been crap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Click Clack Gorilla | 8/16/2012

    " One of Vonnegut's best. Delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cain | 6/19/2012

    " This book is classic Vonnegut. It is told in disjointed chronology; it is given to random connections between characters; it is not entirely plausible; and it is a joy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryson McCheeseburger | 5/25/2012

    " Very cool and different. No real story, but he draws you in with the stories told throughout. I found it very much like a good Douglas Coupland book, with a great ending. Not the top of my Vonnegut list, but still worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Swanson | 3/10/2012

    " Not one of Vonnegut's better books. It had an interesting and funny story but the ending was lacking. Hard to keep track of all the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea Uselding | 12/28/2011

    " Great book-- it's amazing how seemingly insignificant details scattered through the book come together at the end, tied together in a complex tangled web. I love Kurt vonneguts twisted humor and view of the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 12/11/2011

    " Insanely wonderful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharma | 9/28/2011

    " Witty. Cynical. A satirical expose of humanity. A great read. "

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

    " I have a new favourite author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 5/1/2011

    " This wasn't my favorite Vonnegut work, but it was still okay as far as the plot goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/17/2011

    " A lot of interesting ideas set out here by Vonnegut. Not much of a story, per se, but that is to be expected of Vonnegut and fans of Vonnegut go into any story of his knowing exactly that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenna | 4/14/2011

    " not quite as clever and compelling as cat's cradle, but a solid vonnegut. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danny | 4/4/2011

    " I love Kurt Vonnegut books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 3/24/2011

    " I was amused at the mention of Rollins College. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 2/11/2011

    " Vonnegut's humanism shines brightly in his writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zach | 2/9/2011

    " The style of Vonnegut's writing for this novel was cumbersome and at times, very hard to wade through. Also, there was always a jump in the timeline of the story back in time then forward towards the end, then back to the present moment. It was all very hard to keep straight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 2/7/2011

    " Best last sentence of any book..ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerfe | 2/5/2011

    " Kurt Vonnegut's post-Vietnam rendering of truth, justice, and the American soul is still eerily funny and sadly true. As the narrator's West Point and war buddy Jack says repeatedly and unsmilingly by way of explanation: "I had to laugh like hell." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 2/5/2011

    " I was in a Vonnegut phase at the time this book was released. I purchased it and read it. I couldn't begin to tell you what this was about at this point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 1/23/2011

    " this was one of the most unusual and FUN books I've ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody | 1/5/2011

    " Vonnegut=amazing. I am currently re-reading all his books as it has been at least 10 years since I read most of them. It's interesting to re-read your old favorites it reminds you of where you were at that point in your life and how your perspective has changed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikee | 1/5/2011

    " Vonnegut is so … Vonnegut. This is a powerful sad funny book. Great. Tiring. True. "

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