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The Sirens of Titan | [Kurt Vonnegut]

The Sirens of Titan

The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course, there's a catch to the invitation....
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Publisher's Summary

The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course there's a catch to the invitation and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell.

As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Kurt Vonnegut's book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview added to your library.

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

©1959 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer . . . a zany but moral mad scientist.” (Time)

“His best book . . . He dares not only ask the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but to answer it.” (Esquire)

“Reading Vonnegut is addictive!” (Commonweal)

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    Nicole Hammer 05-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good read for Vonnegut fans"

    This book was very entertaining and rather insightful, as most of Vonnegut's books are. I wouldn't rank it among his best, but I still enjoyed it immensely. The last couple chapters of the book sort of lost steam for me and didn't live up to what I was hoping for, but it was a satisfying ending nonetheless.

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    Ben Lawrence 03-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Just Couldn't Finish"

    Very interesting idea.

    it just goes on for to long stretching the same things out again and again.
    I felt no I treat or connection with any of the characters.

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    Andrew Madison, WI, United States 03-15-15
    Andrew Madison, WI, United States 03-15-15 Member Since 2004
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    "Stands the test of time"

    The performance was good and the story was pretty classic Vonnegut. Maybe not the dimensionallity of character we expect from great modern authors but full of creativity, wit and ideas far ahead of his time. I find a lot
    Of great classic sci fi impossible to read because it's so stuck in the social times
    In which it was written (the tech is futuristic but the sexual, racial, religious politics are super backwards) but I did not get a lot of that from this book. Some of the tropes are from a world that is gone but the personalities do not seem alien. Well with the credits and the time for a classic that would stand up if released today.

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    Mike M. Javanmard 01-02-15

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    "Great as usual"

    Another great story by Kurt Vo
    The reading was well done too. Eleven more words? I loved this story very much.

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    moses st augustine, FL, United States 08-28-10
    moses st augustine, FL, United States 08-28-10
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    "Awesome"

    I would highly reccommend this purchase. K. V. comments not only on society, religion, and gender, but also the purpose of life. Great novel. The narrator, D.B., does a superb job of capturing the emotions of the text and portraying the intisity it deserves. Fantastc work

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    Leslie Costa Mesa, CA, United States 05-21-10
    Leslie Costa Mesa, CA, United States 05-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Classic book, wrong reader"

    I ended up not finishing this book by my favorite author. I just couldn't stand the narrator's style. Vonnegut is a satirist. His take on society is critical, but his humor is innocent, as though he looks at the world through another lens than the rest of us. The reader's style was that of an amateur newscaster. He didn't seem to understand the material. Don't listen to this one, read it.

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    CTdeco 01-01-10
    CTdeco 01-01-10
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    "Prelude to Hitchhiker's Guide"

    This was a wild, rollicking story of science fiction. I enjoyed the reading and the story. It reminded me of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - very fun, lots of twists & turns.

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    Marius Irene, South Africa 09-14-09
    Marius Irene, South Africa 09-14-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Titanic - but without the sinking feeling"

    Great book. Brimming, no, overflowing with ideas. The influence on Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker" series is clear (as Adams acknowledged), to the great credit of both authors. The narrator is Dennis Boutsikaris. He was was spot on with all the characters, barring his depiction of Rumfoord, to whom he confers a facetious but booming circus ringmaster fashion of talking. Just a personal thing, I suppose, but I would have thought a droll Orson Welles approach would have suited the character better.

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    Robert Shane Ellis Alhambra, California 08-01-13
    Robert Shane Ellis Alhambra, California 08-01-13
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    "Winston Niles Rumfoord is Dr. Manhattan."
    What did you like best about The Sirens of Titan? What did you like least?

    The beginning was great. The middle sucked. The end nearly saved it but it wasn't enough.


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

    The reveal of what that final message was, taken to the ends of the universe, was a pleasant surprise.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the above-mentioned one .


    Did The Sirens of Titan inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    There was a lack of imagination in most of the book (after the excellent beginning). With his near omnipotence, his shifting between space and time, and his removed attitude, Winston Niles Rumfoord is definitely whom Alan Moore based Dr. Manhattan on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 08-01-09
    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 08-01-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Like all Vonnegut Books Excellent"

    Like all Vonnegut Books Excellent

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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