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Galapagos | [Kurt Vonnegut]

Galapagos

Galapagos takes the listener back one million years to A.D. 1986. A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey. Thanks to an apocalypse, a small group of survivors stranded on the Galapagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave, new, totally different human race. Kurt Vonnegut, America's master satirist, looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly, madly awry - and all that is worth saving.
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Galapagos takes the listener back one million years to A.D. 1986. A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey. Thanks to an apocalypse, a small group of survivors stranded on the Galapagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave, new, totally different human race.

Kurt Vonnegut, America's master satirist, looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly, madly awry - and all that is worth saving.

This production is part of our Audible Modern Vanguard line, a collection of important works from groundbreaking authors.

©1985 Kurt Vonnegut; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Beautiful...provocative, arresting reading." (USA Today)

"Vonnegut is a post-modern Mark Twain....Galapagos is a madcap genealogical adventure." (The New York Times Book Review)

"The best Vonnegut novel yet!" (John Irving)

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 09-23-13
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2012

    I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

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    "The Last Great Vonnegut Novel"
    What made the experience of listening to Galapagos the most enjoyable?

    I think the narrator did a superb job in letting the story unfold.He didn't get in the way of the material and read it without irony; which I think is tough to do given the material. I enjoyed every minute of it.


    What other book might you compare Galapagos to and why?

    I think Vonnegut is a very unique writer. He doesn't "over write" or get lost in his own exposition.Yet he takes you down roads that don't add up until the very end, making it important to pay attention. The only other book I think you can can compare this to are others he has written, and I would say Breakfast of Champions comes the closest. If you enjoyed that story and approach, you will enjoy Galapagos. Many characters return from that story as well, making it somewhat interlocking like other Vonnegut stories.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but I think he did a great job. I find it such an interesting occupation being a narrator, in many ways the best ones are unnoticed because they let the story be the star. Jonathan does that with this reading, and that is a compliment. Very well done.


    Who was the most memorable character of Galapagos and why?

    I would say a tie between Kilgore Trout and his son. Trout looms large int eh Vonnegut universe and he takes on even more mythic proportions in this story. Fascinating use of character development.


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion this is the last great Vonnegut novel.His later work is very different from his early work in tone and pace.If you are a fan of his early work, I think you will enjoy it very much. I recommend it highly. I would suggest listening to his right after Breakfast of Champions since it occupies a similar section of the Vonnegut universe. A critical book in the legacy of a great American writer. Audible gives it the production value and care it richly deserves.

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    Andrew J. Jackson 04-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    What other book might you compare Galapagos to and why?

    Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land


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    Ghost narrator, fascinating setting and witty dialog...all with that obscure Vonnegut way of making you feel like you're watching the burning of Dresden with the author.

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    Harriett JohannesburgSouth Africa 12-01-09
    Harriett JohannesburgSouth Africa 12-01-09
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    "Good Narrator"

    The narrator of the book was great, it is just a pity the book itself lacked a good storyline. I struggled to get through the book as it was extremly wierd and slow.

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    Robert Carmichael, CA, USA 08-27-09
    Robert Carmichael, CA, USA 08-27-09
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    "Love Vonnegut? Listen to this..."

    Kurt Vonnegut was obviously born on another planet, his perspective is so deliciously different. I am very sympathetic to his atheistic world view. He almost heroically presents fiction that tickles my fancy. At the same time, he presents scenarios that are totally grounded in possibility, yanking our minds out of the hum-drum daily grind. If there is a God, Vonnegut must be their favorite creation, he sheds so much light upon the human condition...

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    P. M. Morris Canberra, Australia 07-04-09
    P. M. Morris Canberra, Australia 07-04-09 Member Since 2005

    Petros

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    "A Timely Experience"

    In this year of Darwin celebrations, and a severe world economic downturn, this book makes some harrowing echoes. As another commented, you probably need to really like Vonnegut's work or you won't enjoy it. I do, and I did.

    He is my all-time favorite modern author, but until now I hadn't read 'Galapagos'. It has been on my shelf for at least 15 years unread. I can't explain why I hadn't gotten around to reading it, but I am certainly glad to have finally caught up.

    I must heartily commend the book's reader - his gentle unhurried tone matched Leon's narration flawlessly.

    An excellent audio book experience marred only by the absence of a way to present an 'asterisk'. Readers of the dead tree edition will know what I mean...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Harrisburg, PA, United States 06-16-09
    Linda Harrisburg, PA, United States 06-16-09 Member Since 2006
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    "enjoyable satire"

    There is satire and then there is satire. Vonnegut knows how to write it so that it is enjoyable to read. His characters, for the most part, are likeable. His story is almost believable. I'd forgotten how much I liked his writing and he has redeemed satire for me.

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    George Carlsbad, CA, United States 01-04-09
    George Carlsbad, CA, United States 01-04-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Always different"

    You've got to love him or you won't like it.

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