6 Audio Books by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was a prolific and genre-bending American novelist known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow (originally titled The Big Trip Up Yonder) is set in a wildly over populated America where six generations of the Schwartz family live together in a one-bedroom apartment. Great-Great-Grandpa rules the roost from the master bedroom until someone tries to dilute his Antigerisone.

A Man Without a Country showcases Vonnegut at his wittiest, most acerbic, and most concerned. Beyond the humor and biting satire is an appeal to all readers to give careful thought to the world around them and the people they share it with.

Bagombo Snuff Box is a collection of stories that Vonnegut himself selected for this audio release, and he reads the preface and the afterword. Collection includes: “Thanasphere,” “Souvenir,” “Bagombo Snuff Box,” “The Boy Who Hated Girls,” “Lovers Anonymous,” and eight other miniature masterpieces.

Breakfast of Champions is about aging writer Kilgore Trout, who finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. The result is a murderously funny satire.

Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes ‘unstuck in time’ after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. 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. The version linked here features James Franco as narrator.

Timequake According to science fiction writer Kilgore Trout, a global timequake will occur on February 13, 2001, at 2:27 p.m. It will be the moment when the universe suffers a crisis of conscience: Should it go on expanding indefinitely, or collapse and make another great big BANG? For its own cosmic reasons, it decides to back up a decade to 1991, giving the world a 10-year case of deja vu, making everybody and everything do exactly what they’d done during the past decade, for good or ill, a second time.

The audio versions of these books are great for our busy lives and since most people have an MP3 player attached to them at all times, it’s great for you too. Plus, if you sign up for the free trial of Audible, you get 2 audio books for free!