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4.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 5 4.29 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kurt Vonnegut Narrator: Ethan Hawke Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780060735555
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Kurt Vonnegut’s absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes “unstuck in time” after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut’s) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

Slaughterhouse-Five is not only Vonnegut’s most powerful book, it is also as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch-22, it fashions the author’s experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut’s other works, but the book’s basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it unique poignancy—and humor.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is very tough and very funny; it is sad and delightful; and it works…Very Vonnegut.”

    New York Times

  • “Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Splendid art…a funny book at which you are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears.”

    Life

  • “Hawke adopts a confidential, whisper-like tone for his reading. Listening to him is like listening to someone tell you a story in the back of a bus—the perfect pitch for this book. After the novel ends, Vonnegut himself speaks for a short while about his survival of the Dresden firestorm and describes and names the man who inspired this story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A 1970 Nebula Award Nominee
  • A 1970 National Book Award Finalist
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
  • A 1970 Hugo Award Nominee
  • One of Modern Library‘s 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 5/22/2011

    " I wish I had read this in college rather than high school -- It was a depressing and challenging book but worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke | 5/22/2011

    " Very compelling. Plan on rereading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 5/22/2011

    " good book, definitly should be read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 5/19/2011

    " So it goes.

    All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment.
    Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse V "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danny | 5/19/2011

    " This is my favorite book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 5/19/2011

    " The best by one of the greats. Shold be on everyone's bookshelf. "

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

    " I couldn't stop reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 5/17/2011

    " One of my all time favorites. The book shows that there isn't a reason for everything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 5/17/2011

    " Someone with my sense of humour hooray "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 5/16/2011

    " I honestly didn't see what all the hype was about this book. And if I read, "So it goes" one more time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 5/15/2011

    " It was a very interesting book, still not fully sure I understood it all, but would definitely read it again and recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 5/12/2011

    " A great book - very intriuging and thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lila | 5/12/2011

    " Explore the idea of free will and the passive acceptance of our sometimes crappy life with this hilarious book about WWII and time travel. I chuckled several times. Loved it! "

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

    " This is one of my all time favorite books. I simply could not stay away from this page turner. I was so emotionally invested in every character. I couldnt wait to find out what happened next. "

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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

Ethan Hawke is an Academy Award­–nominated actor, author, and director. He studied acting at the British Theatre Association in England and at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. His motion picture credits include Dead Poets Society, Gattaca, Great Expectations, and Snow Falling on Cedars, among many others.