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2 B R 0 2 B [Kindle Edition]

Kurt Vonnegut
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (572 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Product Details

  • File Size: 83 KB
  • Print Length: 9 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,740 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking short story May 6, 2011
By Allison
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
But then again, it is Kurt Vonnegut.

In this story, we see an America where "Everything was perfectly swell. There were no prisons, no slums, no insane asylums, no cripples, no poverty, no wars. All diseases were conquered. So was old age."

The population of America had been stabilized at 40 million - which happens to be what the population was in 1870, or slightly more than one tenth of todays population.

So population is stabilized, and old age is conquered... What happened when babies are born? Well, somebody has to go. The easiest way to accomplish this is to call the Federal Bureau of Termination (phone number: 2 B R (naught) 2 B) and get an appointment at the municipal gas chambers. Unfortunately for the "Hero" of our story, his wife is unexpectedly delivering triplets, rather than a single child, and he only has one volunteer slated for the gas chamber. Which means two of his babies have to go.

You'll have to read the story to find out what happens next. With only 119 locations, it is undoubtedly a short story, perfect for a quick after dinner entertainment. Just be sure to leave yourself a little time at the end to contemplate the story, and re-read or peruse various bits of it. You won't be disappointed.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Got me thinking September 10, 2011
By Just Me
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to say this was interesting. It was my first read by Vonnegut and I do understand now why my son loves him.

It's a short story about population control. For every child born that is going to live, a volunteer must die. Imagine what goes through a father's head when his wife is about to have triplets!

I enjoyed it and it really makes me stop and think. I didn't think I would enjoy it and I was pleasantly surprised. I think I will give something else by this author a try.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lightning January 17, 2012
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Excellent. But entirely too short. The end came along just as I was shifting into 5th and started cruising. That brick wall hurt.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars We can't have it all... May 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Really short short story from 1962 about a supposedly perfect world where aging has been eliminated, everything is nice and clean and spacious - but with a catch. Only a certain amount of people are allowed to live at the same time. If a baby is born and should live, a person must die in it's place.

The author was able to successfully show how this perfect world can't work, it's just not human nature. Later writers (books, screen, etc...) elaborated on this theme, I wonder if they read this too.

Since this kindle edition is free, and the story is only 9 pages, give it a read if you're in the mood.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic sci fi for free July 4, 2012
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This is a masterpiece of sci-fi. My only complaint is that it is too short. I loved it. And it is free. You can't beat that with a stick.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting View of Utopia by Vonnegut February 17, 2013
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I agree with the review by Allison as she hits it on the head,a very concise review that is fair and informative. For me, I must admit that I am a big fan of Kurt Vonnegut's work so my thoughts are somewhat bias. This is a great little book or short story that deals with a "catch-22." Yes, this is a very thought-provoking read that will have you contemplating the "what-if's." I enjoyed reading it again and a great deal for free.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool and Short February 8, 2013
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A short, but interesting read. I kind of wish it could be expanded upon, but Vonnegut's short stories always leave room for the imagination. I'd recommend it to people who are looking for ideas, or who just prefer a quick read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Intriguing Premise December 27, 2012
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2BR02B was a great tale. In combining the story of an anxious father and the description of a “Utopian“ society, Vonnegut asks the question, “Is there such a thing as the perfect society?“
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A tasty tidbit of a story
Vonnegut delivers. There I was, driving at a leisurely pace down the street, when out of nowhere BAM! The story hit me right between the eyes.
Published 2 days ago by Tracy Young Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
It was a thought provoking story to kill some time.I may have to look into more books from this author
Published 3 days ago by cartman
5.0 out of 5 stars Y O Y?
Hilarity gloom what's not to love? And tremendously precise and concise - thank such thing as a perfect novel but plenty of perfect short stories. Read more
Published 3 days ago by SF customer
5.0 out of 5 stars About as good as most of Vonnegut's other work
About as good as most of Vonnegut's other work, so a solid 5-star. Short read for when you need to kill a few minutes in a way other than staring at your phone.
Published 4 days ago by David E. Lewis II
5.0 out of 5 stars Woah
An excellent and thought-provoking story, despite the bleak content. I think this is classic Vonnegut and dystopia at its best.
Published 5 days ago by Casey Astbury McGraw
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a concise story about a utopian or dystopian society. It makes for a remarkably entertaining, quick, and free read.
Published 6 days ago by Blake Geller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
My first time reading Kurt Vonnegut; left very impressived!
Published 7 days ago by Lucidity
4.0 out of 5 stars Only solution
The book is very dark and satiric. Basically what Vonnegut always does, he just says the worst thoughts for survival and bluntly puts death and misery for happiness. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Elene
5.0 out of 5 stars Excell
Excellent I think this may be Vonnegut's best work. Science fiction at its best. The cultural and moral implications are startling
Published 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Was so happy to find this free story
Vonnegut is the schiznit. Was so happy to find this free story. Gratitude to the folks who made it available electronically.
Published 11 days ago by Rochelle J. Feldmeyer
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