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.
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“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)
Don't know if everyone will love Vonnegut's writing as much as I do. He has a style that I just love. He does have a style very much like Douglas Adams ( or should I say Douglas Adams has Vonnegut's style -- cause Vonnegut was first). He has great explanations for the most ridiculous things. Absurd!!
some good moments but not vonnegut's finest hour. the story wraps around a few points he's trying to make, but it feels a bit contrived, and this coming from someone that calls vonnegut his favorite author.
It's a book-long delivery of a dry, wry joke, commiserating with the readership on those (sometimes hidden, sometimes ostentatious) anxieties over what it means to be alive, and while alive, what one should do next.
The narrator is better known as Dan Green, the voice of "Yu-Gi-Oh", and he has a range of voices that do a good job of differentiating the characters.
The story starts out as a somewhat low key sort of science fiction but takes an abrupt turn into Crazy Town in the second act and the third act has a bigger twist about the underlying motivations of the plot. And it ends on a downer.
I like the underlying philosophy, but there are parts that will be a little slow and a little too out there for many people. It is a good story but hard to reccomend.
I'm not sure this reader actually read the book or understands the tone of Vonnegut. He sure did read the words, but he might as well have been reading the ingredients off a cereal box, dull, dull, dull, dull, dull, ironically he is such a terrible narrator he sounds like someone Vonnegut would have written into a story as an example of irony.
Plot - Characters - Narration fit together for a five star experience. Having enjoyed the audio book I may now go old school and read the words. Another avenue to absorb. Thank You Mr Kurt.
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