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The Sirens of Titan Audiobook

The Sirens of Titan

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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 receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview – where James Atlas interviews Gay Talese about the life and work of Kurt Vonnegut – begins as soon as the audiobook ends.

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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    BigWave Pennsylvania USA 07-20-17
    BigWave Pennsylvania USA 07-20-17
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    "good. but not great."

    I guess in its time, this story would have been a lot better, but after reading Slaughterhouse five, I might of had high expectations.
    The narrator was fantastic and kept me listening.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rocketboy13 01-17-17
    Rocketboy13 01-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The reader is a highlight"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. Krupets 12-13-16
    P. Krupets 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant and terrifying"

    I never read Kurt in English before (Russian only). This books is very thought provoking. Brilliant performance. Might need to listen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    @benathon 11-29-16
    @benathon 11-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great audio performance"

    The narrator has distinct voices for each character and this is read very well. x

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    Dubi New York, NY 11-29-16
    Dubi New York, NY 11-29-16

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Synclastic and Iconoclastic"

    Ahead of its time in 1959, Kurt Vonnegut's second novel is a timebender and a mindbender that remains a timeless classic of mindless manipulation. Shockingly relevant even today, The Sirens of Titan imagines, some time between the second world war and third great depression, a billionaire who recruits the disenfranchised masses and brainwashes them into launching an invasion against the world as we know it. Yikes!

    Class warfare was one of Vonnegut's recurring themes -- powerful, durable, influential. That it spoke to the 1960s counterculture is well documented. That it still rings true speaks to how futile it may be to ever expect this clash to ever end. From the more specific perspective of recommending a novel that is more than half a century old, The Sirens of Titan is unstuck in time, an enduring masterwork of social commentary masked as pulp sci-fi.

    You'll find other familiar Vonnegut memes here that made their way into his more widely read novels. A cult religion, as in Cat's Cradle, crazy rich people as in Mr. Rosewater, the question of free will as in Breakfast of Champions, a time warp as in Slaughterhouse-Five, and the planet Tralfamadore, which appears in several other works, most prominently in S-5. And if you're a fan of The Hitchhiker's Guide, you'll find many of Douglas Adams's influences here.

    What ultimately makes it work, in my opinion (by contrast, for example, to the tiresome dated Breakfast of Champions), is that Vonnegut wrote this as a straightforward science fiction story in the pulp style of the 1950s. It has well-articulated characters and a straight-ahead narrative about space travel, time travel, interplanetary wars, etc., into which the author can plant all of his iconoclastic ideas.

    I hadn't read this since I was a teenager in the early 70s, an era when Vonnegut's books, especially this one, shaped the ideology adopted by me and all my friends. I am happy to have rediscovered it in audio format, and to be reminded how prescient Kurt Vonnegut was.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Carroll 11-30-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting message, but book lost me near end"
    What was most disappointing about Kurt Vonnegut’s story?

    I got the message, I was just lost by the delivery towards the end.


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

    Malakai Constant,


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    agreement. As I'm severly anti-establishment.


    Any additional comments?

    Cats cradle is a good book by Vonnegut, Similar in absurdity, but a more pragmatic background. This book was still interesting, but not my favorite from Vonnegut

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ck 08-17-15
    ck 08-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Nice"

    Well read. Love his work. Interview at the end was ok. Should put more things like that on the end of these. Good idea.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Geoffrey K. 06-12-15
    Geoffrey K. 06-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "reads like vonnegut's debut effort"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Wayne friend 08-22-16
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    "It's Vonnegut, you already know if you like it."

    Kurt Vonnegut successfully takes away your sense of personal agency, turns it inside out, then shoves it up its own ass and hands it back to you.

    If you read a lot of pkd and you've never heard of Vonnegut before, because presumably you're space alien from the planet Tralfamadore, then definitely give this a read. Otherwise, if you are in the market for light beach reading, maybe go see if Dan Brown has published anything recently.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Isabel 09-18-17
    Isabel 09-18-17
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    "I don't really know how to describe this book."

    You think the message is going to be disclosed through out the book but it does not. After sometime I found myself asking "why is it titled The Sirens of Titan?" it is a really good book shocked it was written in the late 1950s I can't really say much it's like I don't have the words other than that it's a must read.

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  • I. A. Clark
    Whitby, N. Yorks, UK
    4/21/12
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    "Profoundly depressing"

    Inventive if improbable parable of meaninglessness and ridicule in riches, commerce and war. Anticipates Douglas Adams by 20 years, robbing him of any significant claim to originality. Has something Adams lacks: the bitter, casual cruelty of someone who has been betrayed in life. Winston Niles Rumfoord's wilfully ill-conceived and ill-starred Martian invasion of Earth prefigures every Western war since the book was published. A compelling read, like licking a sore tooth.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    1/16/17
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    "Like Vonnegut but..."

    I regret getting the unabridged version...I think I appreciate his books in short copy. He's a writer who is so good at being succinct in a sentence but there's no need for certain offshoots of this story to be included.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    St Albans, United Kingdom
    2/14/12
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    "Fantastic"

    I love Kurt Vonnegut and his books work really well for me on audio. This one is fantastic!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • NelsonG
    3/7/15
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    "Gave up in Chapter 9"
    What would have made The Sirens of Titan better?

    If it hadn't been written.


    What will your next listen be?

    NOT Kurt Vonnegut.


    What does Dennis Boutsikaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He got me as far as chapter 9. Without him bringing some kind of life to the 'story' I would have given up much sooner.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at having wasted so much time, forcing myself to listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I picked this book out at random from a SciFi list. I'll do some research in the future.

    0 of 12 people found this review helpful

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