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If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young
     

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

by Kurt Vonnegut, Scott Brick (Read by), Kevin T. Collins (Read by)
 

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Master storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut’s words were unfailingly unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation.

As edited by Dan Wakefield, this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero

Overview

Master storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut’s words were unfailingly unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation.

As edited by Dan Wakefield, this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers of all ages. At times hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and deeply serious, these reflections are ideal for anyone undergoing what Vonnegut would call their “long-delayed puberty ceremony” — marking the passage from student to full-time adult.

This audiobook makes the perfect gift for high school or college graduates — or for parents and grandparents who remember Vonnegut fondly and want to connect with him in a new context.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
10/28/2013
This collection of short essays (taken largely from graduation speeches) by the late Vonnegut is inspiring and engrossing—and makes for great listening thanks to the skillful vocal chords of narrator Scott Brick. Though there is some repetition in the speeches, each one is ultimately unique and lively. Vonnegut proves to be both amusing and poignant in his remarks. While narrator Kevin T. Collins handles the book’s peripheral material, Brick reads the crux of the book: the speeches. He ably teases out Vonnegut’s message, adopting a playful tone and capturing the essence of the author’s words. A RosettaBooks paperback. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480537361
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Kurt Vonnegut is a unique voice in the American canon — a writer whose works are hard to categorize, often straddling the space between literature and science fiction, and filled with cutting satire and dark humor. Like Mark Twain before him, Vonnegut's reputation and impact on American writing and reading will continue to grow steadily and increase in relevance as new insights are made.

Vonnegut was born in 1922 in Indianapolis, and studied at the University of Chicago and the University of Tennessee. In the Second World War, he became a German prisoner of war and was present during the bombing of Dresden. This experience provided inspiration for his most successful and influential novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. Vonnegut — admired as much for his views and his “Vonnegutisms” as for his publications — wrote extensively in many forms, including novels, short stories, essays, plays, articles, speeches, and correspondence, some of which was published posthumously.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 11, 1922
Date of Death:
April 11, 2007
Place of Birth:
Indianapolis, Indiana
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Education:
Cornell University, 1940-42; Carnegie-Mellon University, 1943; University of Chicago, 1945-47; M.A., 1971

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