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.
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By Ruddy good student on 09-05-18
The first audio book I couldn't finish
While this story started out promising, with some good humour and wit, I very quickly lost interest after only a handful of chapters. As I moved through the story, I found more and more to hate about it. I found all of the characters grossly unlikable people that very much like the sound of their own voice too much and have fallen in love with their own ideals. Just before giving up on 'The Sirens Of Titan' I was lamenting every single line of dialogues by these characters, a problem that was infinitely compounded by Vonnegut's seeming inability to use any other word than 'said', when a character is speaking. It's not clever, or ironic or subversive, it's just lazy writing that becomes really tiresome really quickly.
I'm normally able to suspend my disbelief with Sci Fi novels, but this novel ventures into the egregious with what it expects its reader to swallow. Prime example of this, Vonnegut explains that human being can breathe on Mars with the aid of oxygen supplements. It's not even remotely based is science and is complete fiction. I concede that the novel was written more than 50 years ago, but I have read over older worlds of Science Fiction that hold up a lot better than this.
I had really wanted to read 'Slaughterhouse Five' but now I am well and truly put off and won't be returning to Vonnegut's works.
The only redeeming feature of 'The Sirens Of Titan' and the only reason I stuck with it, was the narrator. Jay Snyder offers a wide range of distinctive performances for all characters and I feel he really tries his best to deliver an exciting delivery with the limited opportunity the text affords him.
Gave up with 2 hours left to go and could not care less what happens in the finale.
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By I. A. Clark on 21-04-12
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.
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By Robert on 07-01-12
For me, Sirens of Titan was about as good as it gets. Okay, so it's only been out there what, 50 years? How'd I miss this thing. I thought I read it as a kid and kept blowing past it on lists to read. Did I say it's as good as it gets? Who cares if a few things here and there didn't make any sense. It was funnier'n shit. What praise could I possibly add that hasn't already been heaped on and said in the last half century. How 'bout a few memorable quotes:
Let's get the Fundamentalists out of the way:
‘The flag of that church will be blue and gold,’ said Rumfoord. ‘These words will be written on that flag in gold letters on a blue field: Take Care of the People, and God Almighty Will Take Care of Himself.”
“To us of the Church of God the Utterly Indifferent, there is nothing more cruel, more dangerous, more blasphemous that a man can do than to believe that - that luck, good or bad, is the hand of God!”
"There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia."
How 'bout one for the minimalists:
"Every passing hour brings the Solar System forty-three thousand miles closer to Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules— and still there are some misfits who insist that there is no such thing as progress."
A couple of classic Kurt that I hope will live forever:
"I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center."
"Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile!"
I thoroughly enjoy Kurt Vonnegut's humor but I love him for his humanism; humanism that comes through on almost every page.
The narration by Dennis Boutsikaris did justice to the book and given what I just said about the book, that kind of says it all. Did I say this book is as good as it gets?
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By Erica on 18-06-12
The Best of Vonnegut
This is my favourite Vonnegut novel -- very classic Sci-Fi, though that's not what Vonnegut always did. The story is compelling and wacky and thought-provoking and uniquely unexpected. The narration isn't phenomenal, but it doesn't detract from the story. I would totally recommend this book for any Vonnegut fans, any Sci-Fi fans, or any mid 20th century lit fans.
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