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Regardless of whether you are a regular reader of science fiction, Kurt Vonnegut should be on your list of authors to read. No book is more representative of Vonnegut's style than Cat's Cradle.
A young writer decides to interview the children of a scientist — Felix Hoenikker — who is primarily responsible for the creation of the atomic bomb. The journey sets him on the path of "ice-nine," the invention that will truly mean the end of the world. The satirical tale allows Vonnegut to comment on everything from religion to science to the arms race, all in the deadpan and dark style that has made the author well-loved by many readers.
Well-known for his signature blend of dark humor, satire and science fiction, Kurt Vonnegut in general and Cat's Cradle in particular has had a long-standing place on required reading lists. Whether you already love science fiction or want a good book to break into the genre, this is great entry into the satirical arm of the genre. Vonnegut's short chapters make most of his books speedy reading and his dark satire draws on themes that are still in headlines today.
The short chapters also lend themselves to audiobook listening. This audio edition is read by Tony Roberts, whose gruff narration lends itself to the myriad of characters who appear. Roberts brings slight variances to his delivery, making it easy for listeners to distinguish between different characters and the narrator. But listeners should be aware: Vonnegut's narrator has a habit of following distracting tangents that can interrupt the flow of the narrative. But if you pay attention, later chapters often circle back around and reveal the true purpose of these asides.
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