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2 B R 0 2 B [Illustrated] [Kindle Edition]

Kurt Vonnegut , Seedbox Classics
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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This Seedbox Classics edition of 2 B R 0 2 B or 2BR02B includes illustrations.

2 B R 0 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut is a science fiction story that focuses on a society where individuals have an indefinite lifespan and the population of the United States is limited to forty million.

In order for a new birth to take place, someone else must die. The suspense builds as two parents wait for someone to dial 2 B R 0 2 B, which is the telephone number to dial for an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination.

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About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born on November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana, one of three children. He graduated from Shortridge High School in 1940, and majored in chemistry at Cornell University. Kurt enlisted in the U. S. Army during World War II, and was transferred to the Carnegie Institute of Technology, then the University of Tennessee for mechanical engineering. On Mother’s Day 1944, his mother committed suicide. Sent into combat, due to a manpower shortage, Vonnegut was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and imprisoned in Dresden. He survived the firebombing of Dresden by the Allies, by staying in an underground meat locker, nicknamed “Slaughterhouse Five.” He was freed by Russian troops in 1945 and given a Purple Heart. After the war, he attended the University of Chicago in the graduate anthropology program and worked for the City News Bureau. Moving to Schenectady, New York, he took a job at General Electric, where his older brother worked, and served as a Volunteer Fire-Fighter. Vonnegut worked briefly for “Sports Illustrated,” then at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. It was there that he wrote “Cat’s Cradle” and “Slaughterhouse-Five,” which are considered by many to be some of the best novels of the 20th century. After that, he moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts and opened one of the first Saab dealerships in the country. It closed within a year. Vonnegut married Jane Marie Cox in 1946, but they separated in 1970 and divorced in 1979. They had three children. He married Jill Krementz in 1979 and they adopted a daughter. When his sister died of cancer, they also adopted three of her four children. Kurt died on April 11, 2007, at the age of 84, in New York City, after falling down a flight of stairs at his home.

Product Details

  • File Size: 234 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484089200
  • Publisher: Seedbox Press, LLC (February 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076R7KQC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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74 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Available for free December 26, 2009
While I understand that there is a market for this book for Vonnegut completists, it is available at Project Gutenberg for free for those who just want to read it. here is a link, if Amazon doesn't publish the link just Google Project Gutenberg and search for Vonnegut on that site, it'll come right up.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read for Vonnegut fans January 7, 2010
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If you are a fan of Vonnegut's work, 2BR02B is a quick read that reminds me of an old "Outer Limits" or "Twilight Zone" episode. This short story is a small sample of Vonnegut's quick-witted cynicism in conjunction with his signature macabre comedic feel. I give the book a rating of 3 stars due to the length of the book and the fact that some of his more well known books are frankly better than this in comparison. Overall, if you want a small sample of Vonnegut's work or are a big fan that would like to add another story to your collection, order it up.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Tale of a Future "Utopia" November 9, 2009
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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., who's mostly known for his irreverent fiction, wrote a number of science fiction novels and stories in his early years (though some of his later fiction borders on science fiction as well).

The short story 2BR02B was originally published in 1962 in the magazine Worlds of If and never published anywhere since. Now it is available in an inexpensive paperback edition that is simple, but nicely done.

In the not so near future, long after humanity has recovered from 20+ billion people on the planet, disease and aging have been conquered and the people of the planet live in harmony with it and each other. And, now that the population of the United States has stabilized at 40 million souls, all living as long as they want, having a child requires for someone to voluntarily end their life at the Federal Bureau of Termination.

But, what is a father to do if his wife is now scheduled to have triplets?!?

2BR02B is a simple tale of a Utopian future where not everyone is perfectly satisfied.


A Guide to my Book Rating System:

1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why is this chapter considered a book? May 24, 2010
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I love Kurt Vonnegut and this story didn't disappoint me. But paying a "book" price for what should have been a chapter in a book did upset me! Somehow I don't think Kurt would think this was a good way to make money.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Squeezing out your last penny April 15, 2011
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I bought this for two reasons - 1) I love Vonnegut and 2) at that price even if I didn't like it, at least I didn't spend much. Well you know what? It was still a ripoff. I spent 2 dollars and change for 17 pages of text... text that was available online for free, there are more blank pages in this book than there are pages with writing on them. I am highly disappointed.

As far as the short story itself... it's not one of his better works, it's about a world where there is no more death or aging and the effect that has on people. It's very short and belonged in a larger collection rather than a few folded in half pieces of paper labeled a "book."
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 star story, 0 star product - CAVEAT EMPTOR March 3, 2012
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This review is about the product not the story.

The story is a short dark shocking take on a (not-so?) brave new world. The title is a phone number as well as a play on Hamlet's soliloquy. No further spoilers. Read it, its free and it's short. It meets Vonnegut's stated rules for short story writing and then some.

This story is available free both at Project Gutenberg and as a PD $0.00 kindle version from Amazon. This product offering seems to be exploiting one of the few Vonnegut works that has to have slipped into public domain. It is a poor value for such a slim item at $2.99 when the two main collections are surely a better deal, or free if one really just wants the one story. Perhaps it has a purpose in life as a stocking stuffer.

There is no question of an item for "Vonnegut Completists" involved here. A Vonnegut completist will already have "Welcome to the Monkey House", and "Bagombo Snuff Box" (which includeds "2BR02B") that between them cover almost all of Vonnegut's published short story career.

The odd story is "The Big Space ****"(1). Written for Harlan Ellison's "Again, Dangerous Visions" (also found in the collection "Cybersex"), it is safely, if unobtrusively, tucked away in the Obscenity section of Vonnegut's "Palm Sunday", not a pure fiction collection but it is all-Vonnegut. Add to that the recent posthumous short fiction releases such as While Mortals Sleep, Look at the Birdie, and Armageddon in Retrospect you will have the short fiction well covered.

A determined completist will also invest in "Canary in a Cat House", the first collection from the early sixties which is completely redundant next to the two major collections above except for the original version of "Hal Irwin's Magic Lamp".
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5.0 out of 5 stars it has such great potential for a novel July 2, 2014
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I really wanted it to be longer, it has such great potential for a novel! But it is a pretty cool story/idea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To many people here April 27, 2014
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Love to read about population control. Sick and would like to live to 100 years old. Please let me finish this book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Vonnegut - Read it.
It's Vonnegut - Read it.
Published 9 months ago by aliceann54
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
not his best
Published 9 months ago by Greg Grundtisch
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Vonnegut
Kurt really did a good job of seeing into the future. This short story is just creepy enough to be set in the very near future.
Published 15 months ago by BruceInBaghdad
1.0 out of 5 stars Error with book.
Can't open the book. Repeatedly makes me delete and download the book but is unreadable. Not sure what the problem is.
Published 15 months ago by Mark Herrmann
5.0 out of 5 stars oooh snap
so frigin fantooostick that i just couldnt balieeb my own peepers it was like can this weelie be happening meow
Published 15 months ago by Andrew torres
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you
Thank you very much for the book, it arrived in perfect condition , and I am extremely pleased. I will order again.
Published 16 months ago by cathleenn
2.0 out of 5 stars 2BR02B
2BR02B was a good concept but fell short. I could see this s a movie if the plot was developed a little more.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome
Classic Kurt. Fun, simple story with powerful message on top, and multiple messages beneath. One of those i expect to see studied in a class somewhere near you!
Published 19 months ago by Pukfan
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
again Kurt Vonnegut has come up with another great story. could do with more than one story though, as over far too soon
Published 20 months ago by Tracey Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars good
this product was on time and as described. this product was on time and as described. thank you very much.
Published 20 months ago by C.D.
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More About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922. He studied at the universities of Chicago and Tennessee and later began to write short stories for magazines. His first novel, Player Piano, was published in 1951 and since then he has written many novels, among them: The Sirens of Titan (1959), Mother Night (1961), Cat's Cradle (1963), God Bless You Mr Rosewater (1964), Welcome to the Monkey House; a collection of short stories (1968), Breakfast of Champions (1973), Slapstick, or Lonesome No More (1976), Jailbird (1979), Deadeye Dick (1982), Galapagos (1985), Bluebeard (1988) and Hocus Pocus (1990). During the Second World War he was held prisoner in Germany and was present at the bombing of Dresden, an experience which provided the setting for his most famous work to date, Slaughterhouse Five (1969). He has also published a volume of autobiography entitled Palm Sunday (1981) and a collection of essays and speeches, Fates Worse Than Death (1991).

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