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4.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 5 4.25 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kurt Vonnegut Narrator: Ethan Hawk Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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

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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 "

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