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Player Piano | [Kurt Vonnegut]

Player Piano

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 super computer and run completely by machines. Paul's rebellion is vintage Vonnegut - wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality.
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Publisher's Summary

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 super computer and run completely by machines. Paul's rebellion is vintage Vonnegut - wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality.

©1980 Kurt Vonnegut; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Mr. Vonnegut is a sharp-eyed satirist." (The New York Times)
"One of the best living American writers." (Graham Greene)

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    James Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-12-08
    James Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-12-08
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    "Not Vonnegut's best effort."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 02-20-14
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 02-20-14 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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    "Spectacular"
    What did you love best about Player Piano?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Player Piano to and why?

    Within the Vonnegut library I would say Sirens of Titan, another early book with big ideas.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of Player Piano and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks Audible, well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. R. Harrah 03-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Definitely not Vonnegut's best work, but ok"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought it was kinda weak and didn't live up to the premise.


    Was Player Piano worth the listening time?

    Yes, but again, I'd say check out other things by Vonnegut if you are new to him.


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    Michelle Topeka, KS, USA 04-01-09
    Michelle Topeka, KS, USA 04-01-09
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    "Great Narrator"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chico, CA, USA 02-18-09
    Michael Chico, CA, USA 02-18-09
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    "Good but dated"

    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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    California 209 12-21-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Ouch! Painful 4 hours!"

    I endured 4 hours of this book, and then called it quits. BORING, BORING, AND BORING.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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