My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
This is a great inquiry into how we perceive reality. How do we know what's real and what's not? I think a lot of people come to this book assuming the opening framing scene is reality, but what if it's not? (For that matter, what does 'reality' mean in the context of speculative fiction?)
There are a lot of unanswered questions in this book. Some people dismiss that as '60s trippy nonsense. Or it could be in the nature of dreams. Or it could be a meditation on how the modern world unmoors us from the long-established connections we have with the real world.
Along the way, PKD has many amusing observations on what the world could or would become. What if everything you did required payment at the time you did it? Coin-operated refrigerators and TVs? (And who is collecting all those coins?) And the faux-ads for Ubik are hilarious. As fresh now as they were 40 years ago (or as stale, depending on how you think about ads).
The reader, Anthony Heald, works very hard at making this a performance. I enjoyed his interpretation most of the time, but he would occasionally mix up his voices. And sometimes his extreme inflections would override the voice he had chosen for a particular character.
1 book, deserted island: Replay|Series: A Song of Ice and Fire|Should be required in school: Starship Troopers|Finished: Ready Player One
This was my third (and last) PKD book, and about 2/3rds of the way through it was the same, "is this real, what is reality, alternate states, dope smoking hippy crap". Just like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ubik will make a MUCH better movie than book. At least Androids and Ubik had interesting ideas to start. Man in High Castle was just boring.
No, once is enough.
A lot of thought was put into this story. It was a bit confusing but it came together in the end.
Good use of voice inflection for different carachters.
If you like PKD and you are open to his unusual concepts than this will be a good fit.
This was one of the better Dick novels but not quite as good as I expected. Think it was Time that rated it as one of the 100 best American novels. I dont know it I would go that far but found it better than most of his novels. Certainly better than FLow my Tears, which I recently listened to.
Cute commercials, other than that, not much to this book... Heinlein wanna be. I can't even remember the story...or what it had to do with UBIK. All I remember were the commercials