The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality, and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Kurt Vonnegut had the courage to tell.
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©1959 Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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.
The beginning was great. The middle sucked. The end nearly saved it but it wasn't enough.
The reveal of what that final message was, taken to the ends of the universe, was a pleasant surprise.
Probably the above-mentioned one .
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.
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