Slaughterhouse-Five: or, The Children’s Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

By Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Read by Ethan Hawke

5.88 Hours 07/15/2012 unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 1970 National Book Award Finalist

A 1970 Hugo Award Nominee

A 1970 Nebula Award Nominee

One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

One of Modern Library‘s 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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

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Author Bio: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 5.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English