Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse Five

Audiobook CD - 2009
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"In this powerful contemporary classic, Kurt Vonnegut exposes the insanity and inhumanity of war through the lens of absurdism. Billy Pilgrim, a traumatized American POW who survived the Dresden bombing during World War II, becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens. Under their watchful gaze, he must relive his life over and over again, coming at last to some understanding of the human comedy..."--Container.
Publisher: Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audio, p2009, c1969.
ISBN: 9781433269691
Call Number: VONNEGUT
Characteristics: 5 compact discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.
Compact discs, Book.
Historical fiction.
Science fiction.
War fiction.
Additional Contributors: Hawke, Ethan 1970-
Alternative Title: Slaughterhouse 5


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Nov 01, 2018

Interestingly, I had listened to the cd’s in the wrong order and didn’t even realize it until just before returning them when I had double-checked all the cd’s were present. As it turns out, I had played the last cd fourth and vice versa. This may be one of the few books where this is not noticeable since the main character, Billy Pilgrim, is constantly jumping around in time (or becoming “unstuck in time” as he refers to it). In this order, the ending is actually the incineration of Dresden with the last words being the song that appears to be voiced by the German prison guards -

“So long forever old fellows and pals
So long forever old sweethearts and pals
God Bless ‘em”.

Overall, a unique and stirring take on mankind’s predisposition towards making war.

Aug 27, 2018

Ethan Hawke does an amazing job of reading this classic novel!

Sep 09, 2015

The skillful narration of Ethan Hawke lends the perfect voice to this compelling story.


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