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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (25,486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kurt Vonnegut Narrator: Maria Tucci, David Strathairn, Bill Irwin, Tony Roberts, Dylan Baker Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9780061135194
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Kurt Vonnegut is 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 is, as Graham Greene has declared, “one of the best living American writers.”

Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut's shorter works. Originally printed in publications as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly, what these superb stories share is Vonnegut's audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision.

*The New York Times

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer…a zany but moral mad scientist.”

    Time

  • “Listeners are in for a treat as a masterful cast animates many of Vonnegut's finest short pieces. Vonnegut colors his oft-wondrous works with memorable characters, fantastic realities, pitch-perfect dialogue and heapings of satire and humor—a tall order for any audio actor.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “He strips the flesh from bone and makes you laugh while he does it…There are twenty-five stories here, and each hits a nerve ending.”

    Charlotte Observer

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 2/14/2014

    " Collection of short stories, including two favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mia Hall | 2/14/2014

    " This book was my introduction to Vonnegut and I went on to read several other of his books. This is a great introduction because its a collection of short stories that prepare you for his novels. He was a brillant writer. "

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

    " great collection of early short stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamela | 2/4/2014

    " excellent short stories. some of vonnegut's best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/23/2014

    " I used to like this book a lot more than I do now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Racculia | 1/22/2014

    " My introduction to Vonnegut during my wild teenage years - loved it then, ADORE it now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 'Jj | 1/20/2014

    " had several stories that epitomized this and that - supports great conversation "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/20/2014

    " Vonnegut was way ahead of his time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grant Talabay | 1/15/2014

    " I love Vonnegut, but like him best as a novelist. However, this book contains great stories like Harrison Bergeron and is defiitely good for a quick laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne G | 1/9/2014

    " I give one of the stories from this book, "Harrison Bergeron", to principals and special educators in every district I've worked in.... Diana Moon Glompers lives! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 angrykitty | 1/8/2014

    " though i'm not a fan of his novels as much, i do love his stories. there is such irreverence, and he wrote everything with such a slanted view of the world. "

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

    " I learned that he is awesome! "

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

    " Listening to this book on cd while riding hours on the Los Angeles Metro busses has saved my life. I am finding Vonnegut to be more relevant to the world around me than he seemed when I was 16 years old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Good | 12/13/2013

    " hot dang I loved this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. O. | 12/9/2013

    " I haven't read it all. The 5 stars are for "Harrison Bergeron", which I really like, and was originally printed in book form in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry Stroh | 11/21/2013

    " Actually, not as good as I remember it being 10 years ago when I first read it. At least when compared to all the other Vonnegut I've read in the last couple of years (which is about 90% of everything he ever published). Still, not a bad collection of short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 10/18/2013

    " this one is great because it contains short stories for short rides on our wonderful CTA. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 7/9/2013

    " A really good collection of Kurt Vonnegut's short stories. I enjoyed reading them all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adi | 5/6/2013

    " Hilarious, biting, sweet, and thoughtful. Everything a book of short stories should be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Baker | 2/19/2013

    " A disparate collection of short stories filled with the traditional wit, humor and effortless writing for which Vonnegut is known. Harrison Bergeron is a must-read from this collection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Steinbeck | 2/6/2013

    " Hey I just realized I don't like sci-fi! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SmarterLilac | 9/12/2012

    " Contains some of my favorite Vonnegut work, including the delightfully creepy 'More Stately Mansions,' and the heartbreaking 'The Hyannis Port Story.' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauri Sholar | 9/5/2012

    " Amazing anthology of classic Vonnegut. Well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 10/8/2011

    " This book was so good, I almost married the guy who lent it to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 9/18/2011

    " I think of some of these stories frequently, especially the title story. "

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

    " Wonderful collection of short stories. "The Barnhouse Effect" is my favorite one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 5/9/2011

    " A great mix of absurd, sci-fi, and social commentary. Not as great as some of his novels, but definately thought-provoking with some very dark humor thrown in for good measure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mishti | 5/5/2011

    " Ridiculously engaging short stories...I never thought I'd like a book comprised of just short stories, but Vonnegut is a genius! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/1/2011

    " I really enjoyed this collection of Vonnegut's short stories, most of them written before and during the writing of his novels. Each story was diverse and had developed characters and situations. Vonnegut is a glorious story teller, whether it be short stories, novels, or autobiographical pieces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K.h.tracey | 4/19/2011

    " I've not liked any of the Vonnegut novels I've read and I wasn't expecting much out of this, but I ended up really loving it. Especially liked "All the King's Men," about a guy who has to play a real-life chess game with his captors for the lives of his wife, children and colleagues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 4/19/2011

    " Some great shorter Vonnegut pieces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 4/12/2011

    " Faaaaaaav!! Collection of hilarious short stories in Kurt Vonnegut's classic satirical style, if you enjoyed 1984, but would have liked to see some comedy mixed in- this is your book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chorpenning | 3/30/2011

    " Early collections of short stories, some of which show Vonnegut's softer side - especially the touching "Long Walk to Forever." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 3/28/2011

    " Great collection of short stories. I can't pick a favorite - in typical Vonnegut-style, they're all wonderful in their own ways. Every time I read something of his, I feel the weight of the voice the world has lost. I miss you, Kurt. I think we would have had a lot to say to each other <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 3/15/2011

    " This is a book of short stories and the first book by Vonnegut that I read, which may be why it's my favorite by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 3/13/2011

    " Just finished the first three short stories and can't believe I did not pick up this book sooner "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/11/2011

    " I especially love the short stories that deal with something science fiction in nature. All of the stories are thought-provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reg | 3/10/2011

    " These were much better than the other stuff I had read of Vonnegut and I look forward to finishing this book someday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/23/2011

    " I love this collection of short stories from the brilliant mind of Kurt Vonnegut. "

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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."

About the Narrators

Maria Tucci began her career in the original production of Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. She won a Tony® nomination for her work in The Rose Tattoo, has starred on Broadway and off-Broadway, and in such films as Sweet Nothing and To Die For.

David Strathairn was nominated for an Oscar for his 2005 performance as famed CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow in Good Night and Good Luck. He is well-known for memorable performances in stage and screen roles.

Bill Irwin, playwright and actor, has starred on Broadway in Edward Albee's The Goat and his own Fool Moon; he has also performed several works by Samuel Beckett and has a recurring role on Sesame Street.

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.

Dylan Baker is an American stage, screen, and television actor. He attended Georgetown Prep and William and Mary College before earning his BFA at Southern Methodist University, where his passion for acting was ignited with numerous stage roles. Later refining his talents at Yale’s School of Drama, Baker turned professional with big screen roles in movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Delirious, and Love Potion No. 9.