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    Kurt Vonnegut Jr.(Author),Kevin Killavey(Narrator),Jimcin Recordings(Publisher)

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2BR02B is a science fiction short story by Kurt Vonnegut, originally published in the digest magazine Worlds of If Science Fiction, January 1962, and collected in Vonnegut's Bagombo Snuff Box (1999). The title is pronounced "2 B R naught 2 B", referencing the famous phrase "to be, or not to be" from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. In this story, the title refers to the telephone number one dials to schedule an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination. Vonnegut's 1965 novel God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater describes a story by this name, attributing it to his recurring character Kilgore Trout, although the plot summary given is closer in nature to the eponymous tale from the short-story collection Welcome to the Monkey House.
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  • By Wildness on November 9, 2009

    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.

  • By Interested Observer on March 3, 2012

    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". Vonnegut re-wrote three of the stories in "Bagombo Snuff Box" describing the results as "Piltdown fakes, part human and part the orangutan I used to be". The truly determined completist will have to excavate the other two originals from a magazine archive it seems. The present state of "Hal Irwin's Magic Lamp" certainly provokes my curiosity.Then, of course, there are the several essay and autobiographical books.------------------------------------------------------------------------------(1) **** is the usual f-word which even my earlier rendering with dashes for the middle two letters was too much for the Amazon review filter, notwithstanding that the title with all the words spelled out completely is a well known work in print.

  • By Roy A. Blokker on November 28, 2009

    This short story by Kurt Vonnegut, originally appearing in January, 1962, in Worlds of If, and nowhere else until this smart little book, looks at a future world where population control is strictly enforced by a simple law: for every child born into the world, someone must volunteer to leave it through government sponsored suicide. In this way, the world has managed to reduce its population to what the experts declare are manageable levels. With his quick wit and acerbic wisdom, Vonnegut asks, At What Cost?, as one father-to-be is faced with the prospect of triplets. This is vintage Vonnegut in the concise format of the short story -- a brilliant addition to anyone's Vonnegut collection and an excellent study piece for writers who strive to create short stories with meaning.

  • By AmazingSupergirl on March 23, 2013

    The cover is very thin, as a paperback. The design on the front is surprisingly beautiful. It's no more than 15 pages as a short story but so moving, I had to own it.I suggest buying as long as you expect it to be kind of pamphlet-like.

  • By Shaun on August 11, 2017

    good short read nice illustrations.

  • By tingod on May 24, 2010

    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.

  • By campinglover on March 9, 2011

    I guess I just did not quite understand the book. I plan to read again & figure out what I missed, butthe plot was interesting.


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