Kurt Vonnegut's first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines. Paul's rebellion is vintage Vonnegut - wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality.
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"Mr. Vonnegut is a sharp-eyed satirist." (The New York Times)
"One of the best living American writers." (Graham Greene)
I read this a long time ago and bought the A-B. There are some interesting insights in this book that have some application in todays "outsourced" economy. Funy in parts tiresome in others, the ending seems J-V was trying to meet a deadline.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
It is hard for me to write a review of a Kurt Vonnegut book, I am clearly not a literary critic, but for me he is the most under appreciated writer in the American literary tradition. This book, his first, is just fantastic.
Within the Vonnegut library I would say Sirens of Titan, another early book with big ideas.
It is interesting that all the Vonnegut books on Audible have been done by different narrator's and all of them have done a great, great job. Rummel handled the material so well I cannot imagine any else doing it better. Just great.
Paul Proteus probably but Kroger and Finnerty really cracked me up....sometimes it is hard to tell (when really Vonnegut) if you are imagining his characters or the subsequent one's that recent writers ripped off from him. These are archetypal characters at times and it is difficult not to love all of them.
Thanks Audible, well done.
This is particularly relevant given the rise of AI and references to vacuum tubes can easily be replaced with transistors without batting an eye. Like most Vonnegut he creates the engine, gets it running, takes a short drive and abruptly abandons it.
Vonnegut's first book holds up incredibly well 63 years after publication. His imagination of the post WWlll society has many parallels today and many of societies' dilemmas still exist. Also excellent performance of the book.
Vonnegut will always rank highly regardless of the medium.
The disillusioned kid who Paul meets at the Meadows...or the Shah.
Not that I know of. Chris did well. I was able to follow along easily, and his pace and inflection was not jarring or distracting.
Humans: Please replace us.
READ ALL THE VONNEGUT!
I have been going through Vonnegut's catalog (slowly) and got to this one. I'm glad I read other things he had written before this, or I might have falsely concluded that "I don't like Vonnegut." As it happens, I read Slaughterhouse before this (like most readers, I'd imagine) and so I was more disposed to enjoy this.
I thought it was kinda weak and didn't live up to the premise.
Yes, but again, I'd say check out other things by Vonnegut if you are new to him.
I am really enjoying the narrator of this audiobook. He has a talent for making you believe different people are talking. In your intellectual mind you realize the same person is doing all the reading, but in the part of your brain that enjoys a good story, you get the sense that the characters are alive and speaking throughout.
I read this many years ago and decided to give the audio version a try. I didn't really remember the book and was surprised at how completely dated it was. The technology of the future is never what one thinks it will be.
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