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Kalamazoo, MI, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick, Pamela Jackson (editor), Jonathan Lethem (editor)
    • Narrated By Fred Stella

    Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this is the definitive presentation of Dick’s brilliant, and epic, work.

    Christiana says: "A long and often disjointed philosophical exercise"
    "See, It's complicated..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, as someone who has read over thirty of Dick's novels, I can honestly say that this book offers insights into not only The Valis Trilogy, and Radio Free Albemuth, but his earlier works as well.
    Some may say that Dick is not only playing at being a prophet, but that he is actively revising the scope and the ideas that made his late work in the 60's - inducing such novels as Ubik, and the Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - so accessible and popular. There was always an element of Judea-Christian guilt present in his earlier novels, and anyone who has read his stories from the 1950's knows that he blended a sort of

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dick himself. In many ways this is a solipsistic journey, something that Dick readily admits to in the Exegesis.

    What does Fred Stella bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is able to capture the tone of Dick's thoughts, and reads them with aplomb. He does well in switching from the narrative, to the editors note - here his tone is mostly academic, but at times irreverent.

    What else would you have wanted to know about the authors’s life?

    This is not a biography so much as look into a specific, and ever more increasing single aspect of Dick's life. I think the editors do well to include certain indispensable biographical details, but this really is not the focus of the work.

    Any additional comments?

    If you are a true fan, read it.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Zap Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this biting satire, the Cold War may have ended, but the eastern and western governments never told their citizens. Instead they created an elaborate ruse wherein each side comes up with increasingly outlandish doomsday weapons - weapons that don’t work. But when aliens invade, the top designers of both sides have to come together to make a real doomsday device - if they don’t kill each other first. With its combination of romance, espionage, and alien invasion, The Zap Gun skewers the military-industrial complex in a way that’s as relevant today as it was at the height of the Cold War.

    Darwin8u says: "Project Plowshare, or don't touch my Love Gun"
    "Messy. Fun. Brilliant!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read it 10 years ago... one of my least favorite Dick books at the time, but the Audio version by Brilliance Audio is brilliant, like all their newest Dick titles,

    What other book might you compare The Zap Gun to and why?

    While there is a common thread with all of Dick's book's, but this one is particularly enigmatic... I know of no other book where there are fashion designers churning out bogus weapons in a bogus arms race, although there are "pre-fash" designers in The 3 Stigmata, not for weapons but for layouts, and there is the very common Dickian theme of a bogus arms race to dupe the populace... But this is a brilliantly conceived work... takes a while to unwind, but if you like dick, you'll love this book.

    What does Mel Foster bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Captures the various characters with a great range of Sellers-like tricks. Fantastic.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Impotent Weapons.

    Any additional comments?

    Buy it's a bargain, so you don"t have to use your credits!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Distrust That Particular Flavor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean

    A new compilation of essays and articles from novelist William Gibson, offering listeners a privileged view into the mind of a writer whose thinking has shaped our culture.

    Amazon Customer says: "Revelation of a complex mind -- YES"
    "Gibson is an enigma - enjoy his particular Flavor"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Distrust That Particular Flavor to be better than the print version?

    Yes. These are great snapshots, not only of the creative process, but a good look into Gibson's unique perceptions - he is not so much hard-sci-fi as he is social-sci. As his work matured he became more aware of the science around him and the social consequences thereof.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gibson himself - a fascinating, humble man.

    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His admitting that he new very little of the cutting edge technology and that his work was more speculative - he look at human behavior in the advent of this technology

    Any additional comments?

    Read it! if you love Gibson, or if you want a fresh perspective on the creator of a good sci-fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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