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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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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