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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Collection: The Big Trip Up Yonder, 2BR02B Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

ISBN-13: 978-1469259741 ISBN-10: 1469259745 Edition: Unabridged

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Speculative!; Unabridged edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469259745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469259741
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,392,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kat Hooper VINE VOICE on March 11, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Originally posted at FanLit.

Brilliance Audio is now producing some science fiction story collections on audio, and recently they sent me a few of them to review. The first one that caught my eye was this one by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. It contains two related stories: "The Big Trip Up Yonder" narrated by Emmett Casey and "2BR02B" narrated by Kevin Killavey. I recognized both as stories that were produced on audio by Jincin Recordings and have been available at Audible.com for a couple of years. In case you didn't know (and in case you're interested), Brilliance Audio has a relationship with Audible and often produces CD versions of Audible titles a couple of years after the original release. In fact, it occasionally happens that Brilliance Audio sends me a review copy of a book I've already read at Audible.

These two Vonnegut stories happen to be on my wishlist at Audible, so I was happy to receive and review them. This particular collection is only 45 minutes long, so it was the perfect length for my daily commute. (By the way, the package says in one place that the CD is 2 hours long and in another place that it's 1 hour and 45 minutes -- this is wrong. It's 45 minutes. Somebody on their staff made a big mistake!)

Anyway, I loved the stories. "The Big Trip Up Yonder" (25 minutes, originally published in 1954 in Galaxy Science Fiction) is about a future (2158 A.D.) America in which aging has been stopped, the earth is overpopulated, and families are forced to live together in small apartments, eating seaweed and sawdust. Nothing new here for those who read science fiction, but Kurt Vonnegut's take on it is hilarious as he details the life of one family who can't wait for its patriarch to die and who might even be willing to help him along.
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