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John

1 book, deserted island: Replay|Series: A Song of Ice and Fire|Should be required in school: Starship Troopers|Finished: Ready Player One

Mountain View, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Ubik

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (249)

    Glen Runciter is dead. Or is everybody else dead? Chip works for Glen Runciter's anti-psi security agency, which hires out its talents to block telepathic and paranormal crimes. But when its special team tackles a big job on the moon, something goes terribly wrong, and Runciter is seemingly killed.

    Mirek says: "Ubik - the classic of sci-fi"
    "Same PKD, great concepts but they get lost..."
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    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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Man in the High Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (278)

    It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. It's all because, some 20 years earlier, the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Meta before meta was cool"
    "Even if I don't like you, don't waste you time."
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    What would have made The Man in the High Castle better?

    Nothing I can think of. It was a disjointed mess.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philip K. Dick again?

    Yes, read / listening to Ubik now. I enjoyed Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.


    What about Tom Weiner???s performance did you like?

    Liked the voice inflections for the Japanese speakers and thinkers. The halting German was good as well.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Man in the High Castle?

    The whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    The story really is a mess. Robert Childen, Frank Fink, what the heck do they have do do with the plot? All they do is flesh out events. Julia? "Oh, ya. I killed him for you." Abendsen, "Oh, OK, thanks." WTH? Exceptionally lame ending.

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was engrossing, and thought provoking. I just started Ubik and enjoying it also. The Man in the High Castle? I would not recommend it to someone in prison, that I didn't like!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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