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3.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 5 3.79 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kurt Vonnegut Narrator: Christopher E. Welch Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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American literary icon Kurt Vonnegut enjoys immense popularity - and an equally immense amount of critical praise - for such works as his absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five. A must-have for readers everywhere, Look at the Birdie adds further insight into the author's body of work with a riveting collection of his previously unpublished short fiction. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 2/18/2014

    " What can I say? It's a book of short stories that read like shortened versions of Vonnegut's novels. They're sad, they're happy, they're cynical, they're hopeful. They're everything Vonnegut's writing is, just compacted. You can't go wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bailey | 2/8/2014

    " My first Vonnegut read; now I'm curious about the rest of his works. The individual stories pull you in immediately, yet there is a connective thread throughout the collection. Enjoy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Christman | 2/5/2014

    " The stories contain in this book are phenomenal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Fetterman | 1/31/2014

    " A friend of mine lent this book to me, surprised that I'd never read anything by Kurt Vonnegut. It is well written, and I like his line drawings at the beginning of each story. I don't think short stories are my favorite thing, though, because I would just start to connect to the characters and the story would end. I was tickled that one of the reviews on the back cover came from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 D.J. | 1/29/2014

    " Unfortunately, there is a common thread to most of these posthumous 'unpublished short fiction' collections -- there are reasons the stories included were never published. While there are a few interesting pieces in here, and they may provide some slight insight into the author behind them, overall these aren't a tremendous addition to the body of work that Vonnegut had published while he was still alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Hendricks | 1/26/2014

    " Vonnegut in his pre-Raymond Carver short story mode, sans Gordon Lish. Enjoyable collection that gives some early insight into Vonnegut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alanmartinson | 1/15/2014

    " As my recent reading indicates, I love Vonnegut. This book, a collection of short stories he never published, was a mixed bag. Some of the stories were up to his standards (indeed, some were fantastic), but I also get the feeling that he never published some of them because they were, frankly, not very good. Recommended for someone who has already read a lot of Vonnegut and wants more, but it should not be a priority. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 1/6/2014

    " My quick review...Vonnegut = Gold! Unpublished short stories from very early in his career. A welcome addition to his body of published work. And they've included some of his original sketches as well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan O'Meara | 1/3/2014

    " Half of these stories are quite good. The other other half are so-so. But's KV! Any KV fan should read this and enjoy it. Maybe the best part is the letter KV wrote to Miller Harris in the beginning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 11/28/2013

    " This book was amazing! The stories were wonderful, surprising, charming, witty, and delightful. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/20/2013

    " These were released posthumously, so it may mean that Kurt didn't think they were good enough to put out. I don't know for sure. But if that's the case, Kurt's less stellar stories, are still great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 11/10/2013

    " I really did love it. I found myself skipping a couple of them, though. They weren't all great, but most were. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yea-ming | 9/12/2013

    " thought that unpublished short fiction automatically meant that these stories were gonna suck. but they were all beautiful. beautifully written. never boring and always special. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Clint | 3/1/2013

    " I have a general rule to avoid posthumous releases of Music and Writing. I should have stuck to it. There is usually a good reason the creator did not release something. That reason usually being it is not too good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Rosler | 12/11/2012

    " Great short story writing by one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 4/12/2012

    " really good. I've read a few short stories by Vonnegut but to read a whole collection wad great. short bursts of sarcasm, irony and cynicism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 3/16/2012

    " Vonnegut's imagination is brilliant and the stories' morals are apt and interesting. Still, some of the stories are not his best work - too obvious and lacking Vonnegut's noteworthy wit. "

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

    " Nice to read these early stories and see Vonnegut settling in to his craft. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 8/21/2011

    " Bizarre and inconsistent, but any author who uses "boozily" as an adjective deserves at least four stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 6/14/2011

    " Wonderful stuff if not as fully fleshed out as his published novels and stories. A great reminder of the brilliance of this incomparable writer. Definitely not FUBAR... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dora | 6/1/2011

    " If you've already read everything else Vonnegut, you won't be sorry you read this too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessi | 4/26/2011

    " Ashamed to admit this was my first time reading Vonnegut. Great read for a long road trip "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 4/1/2011

    " nice short collection of unpublished short stories by kurt vonnegut. i've enjoyed nearly everything i've ready by vonnegut and this is no exception. there were a few stories that i kinda glazed over at the end but most of them were fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris from CA | 3/30/2011

    " Excellent book. My favorite story is Ed Luby's Key Club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/29/2011

    " Not his best... I think these would have been better with some editing. Might be the reason they were unpublished? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doris | 3/22/2011

    " Another collection of short stories unpublished in his lifetime. Not as good as those found in his "While Mortals Sleep". Several endings needed further work which may explain why Vonnegut chose not to publish them. Good, imaginative writing, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helga | 3/19/2011

    " Though short stories aren't usually my thing, Vonnegut can do no wrong in my book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fastesthamster | 3/16/2011

    " I read "Petrified ants" before reading this collection. I feel "Petrified ants" is the weakest of the stories. The others are great vignettes, which could perhaps have been made into short novels. Enjoyable nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rowan | 3/14/2011

    " Interesting and thought provoking series of short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leila | 3/5/2011

    " what's not to love. short, pure intellectual fancies and sweet wisdoms from the master. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mythyagain | 2/19/2011

    " I loved virtually every short story in this collection. Many would have been great to use in Alfred Hitchcock Presents and/or The Twilight Zone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystal | 2/9/2011

    " It was hard to get through, but I think that's more me than the book. "

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

    " This is really a 3.5. A collection of pretty cool short stories. However the book is worth buying for 2 specifically, "Hello, Red" and "The Good Explainer". Typically Vonnegut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassandra | 2/4/2011

    " Fun short stories, good for toilet reading. "

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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."