This probably KV's most self indulgent novel. Depending on how you feel about him this might be a good thing or a bad thing. Personally I think it is fantastic. Genius in its simplicity. Heavy handed on purpose. A farewell from Vonnegut to many of the characters he has sprinkled about previous novels. A tour de force for Mr. Kilgore Trout.
When I was scanning the reviews before purchasing I noticed at least one review claiming this book was racist. If you read this book and come away thinking it is racist you clearly have zero idea how to read/interpret a post modern novel.
I have read it before and was worried that the whimsy of the "illustrations" would be lost in audio and while that is kind of true it doesn't really detract from the listening experience.
One of the most pointless and annoying books I've read. After reading the great reviews, I gave it a try as my first Vonnegut book. I will not be reading any more of his works. Painful to get through.
I'd never read or listened to Vonnegut before, but decided to check this out on the recommendation of a friend. I loved it. I feel funny commenting on the style of a legend while coming to his work probably 20 years later than I should've, but what the hell - Vonnegut's writing is smart, funny, and original, and holds up just fine 40 years after publication. He tells us where the story's going, but you have no idea how he's going to get there, and the ride is thoroughly entertaining, thought-provoking, and illuminating. Stanley Tucci is phenomenal, creating a panoply of distinct characters, while at the same time maintaining a feeling that the author himself is personally relating this story to you, one-on-one. Can't wait to listen to the rest of Vonnegut's greatest hits. Thanks, Chris, for hooking me up with this one.
This was my first Kurt Vonnegut book, print or audio.
I really liked it. BUT I can see were It would not be for everyone. The writing style might be to confusing or weird for everyone.
I would defiantly read/listen to another one of his books, when I'm in the right mood.
The story was well developed and I didn't know how it was going to end , well till the end. I found myself laughing out loud sometimes, and other times mouthing "what the f$%k".
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
In some respects yes. Comedic elements are sometimes better when told. This book has comedic elements that are so funny that listening to them make them even more side splitting.
Oh geez...tough one....I would say Kilgore Trout. The name itself, based on Theodore Sturgeon is funny enough but the characterization of a prolific, unread writer is so clever. He appears in several KVJ novels, but this is the one that is the most memorable (to me).
I thought he was great. I honestly am a little put off when I see a famous actor as an Audible Reader (not sure why), but he did a spectacular job. Maybe I think a "name actor" will over act or be too much. He was great.
Movies ruin good books. I hope it is not made into a movie....
This story arch is where Vonnegut gets his reputation as an innovative writer. I am sure others have done it but not with this style. He deconstructs his characters, until they are not characters at all but self described literary devices for his story. He also uses meta-language to talk about himself and his own work in a way that pulls other novels into this story. This is a post modern approach that supports KVJ's reputation as an innovative, great American writer. It is profound, irreverent, bawdy, provocative and utterly entertaining.
Is it just me?
Very funny pieces/parts. Some of this made me laugh so hard it hurt. But as much as I wanted to love this book, I found my mind wandering many times. The back and forth of the teller, not the performer, kept losing my interest.
On a whim, and based on the high ratings that this book received, I purchased Breakfast of Champions. I have never read or listened to any of Kurt Vonnegut's books. But now, after having listened to this book, I am sure that I never will again. The writing is well written, but the characters are too eccentric and uninteresting to me (I'm sure fans of the author will disagree). I've heard that his fans are loyal (maybe the reason why this book's ratings are high), but listen to the sample first before purchasing.