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2 B R 0 2 B [Kindle Edition]

Kurt Vonnegut
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (605 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
  • ASIN: B004TRFNIE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,188 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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138 of 141 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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12 of 13 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
Format:Kindle Edition
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 Five Stars
Essential Vonnegut.......scary satire with Orwellian overtones
Published 5 hours ago by Patrick Dagon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent short read for on the bus.
Published 1 day ago by Jesse Grindstaff
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick
Big fan of Vonnegut, and the idea of the story was appealing, just not thrilled with the length of it.
Published 1 day ago by Megan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short story.
This story was very poignant. I loved it! It stuck with me hours after I had finished it. It's a short, easy read, so you don't have any excuse not to read it. Highly recommend.
Published 2 days ago by Corrin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Read this before. On reread, a quick, sad tale and Is still a thought-provoking story and well written. Naught 2 B forgotten. Like that it is a short, complete story.
Published 2 days ago by EOB
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever title
Clever title, very enjoyable & thought provoking short story.
Published 2 days ago by D. McRae
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanting more.
Short stories don't do it for me
Published 3 days ago by Jenna J
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful and frightening
Great story, eerily relevant to our zeitgeist and sharply written. Highly recommended quick read. I almost forgot how much I enjoy this writer.
Published 3 days ago by Katarzyna E Bogdan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Like most vonnegut, a little wild but a good quick read.
Published 5 days ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars ... fact that this is just a simple (But still awesome! ) short story
I'm not sure how I overlooked the fact that this is just a simple (But still awesome!) short story. I was just browsing for something to read when I stumbled upon Kurt Vonnegut. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Quagameefi
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