Harrison Bergeron By Kurt Vonnegut

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This is a sample reading of the short story, Harrison Bergeron By Kurt Vonnegut. I voice the narration, edited the sample and added the effects.

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Young Adult (18-35)


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The year was 2081 and everybody was finally equal. They were not only equal before God and the law, they were equal. Every which way. No one was smarter than anybody else, no one was better looking than anybody else. No one was stronger or quicker than anyone else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212 and 213 amendments to the constitution and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States handicapper general. Some things about living were not quite right though, April, for instance, still drove people crazy by not being springtime. And it was in that clammy month that the H. G. men took George and Hazel Bergeron's 14 year old son, Harrison away. It was tragic, all right. But George and hazel couldn't think about it very hard. Hazel had a perfectly average intelligence which meant she couldn't think about anything except in short bursts. And George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear. He was required by law to wear it at all times. It was tuned to a government transmitter Every 20 seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains. George and hazel were watching television. There were tears on hazel's cheeks, but she'd forgotten for the moment what they were about...