In "The Minority Report," a special unit that employs those with the power of precognition to prevent crimes proves itself less than reliable. This story was the basis of the feature film Minority Report.
In, "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," an everyguy's yearning for more exciting "memories" places him in a danger he never could have imagined. This story was the basis of the feature film Total Recall.
In "Paycheck," a mechanic who has no memory of the previous two years of his life finds that a bag of seemingly worthless and unrelated objects can actually unlock the secret of his recent past, and insure that he has a future. This story was the basis of the feature film Paycheck.
In "Second Variety," the UN's technological advances to win a global war veer out of control, threatening to destroy all of humankind. This story was the basis of the feature film Screamers.
And "The Eyes Have It" is a whimsical, laugh-out-loud play on the words of the title.
©1987 The Estate of Philip K. Dick; (P)2001 and ©2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.
Tasty, brilliant stories, good performance, bite-sized for commutes. I've enjoyed this several times now--it's very satisfying during my work day (computer geek), commuting, or just before hitting the rack.
If they had made the true story of the ‘Minority Report’ into a movie it would have flopped. Gee what would Tom Cruise do? The truth is I like this story better than any movie and its better. The second story was ‘We Can Remember It For You Wholesale’ which was the basis for ‘Total Recall’. Which all I can say is it’s different from any movie. It’s nice to see where they came up with ‘Total Recall’. As soon as I heard the beginning of ‘Paycheck’ I thought of the Ben Affleck movie called ‘Paycheck’. Hearing this story the movie Ben Affleck makes more sense. I like this version better and it’s better and shorter. The next is ‘Second Variety’ and it was the basis for the movie ‘Screamers’. Which was a good 80’s movie. The original story is great! I love it without all the Hollywood mumbo jumbo in it! It’s too bad they tried to ‘enhance it with their ‘magic’ because it ended up ruining the story. The Eyes Have It - Just sit back and laugh!
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This collection of short stories is simply amazing. I like to buy books without reading the reviews first and this time it payed off huge! Minority Report is great by itself but then to discover the short story version of Total Recall and Paycheck was such a amazing surprise. I have a feeling I will be checking out more work my Phillip K. Dick
Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa
These are great short stories, better than the movies by far. 2nd variety was my favorite!
Great stories, well read.
Can't think of any.
Give me a break.
Are you seriously asking this question? Did a middle school student think this up?
This is the only audiobook collection I've found that includes "We'll Remember It for You, Wholesale" (the basis for the two Total Recall films). The narrator reads the stories well, and the characters are distinct.
I would only try a real book not a short story.
They were more of an idea not a full story. The ending was fine.
The performace was fine I think I was disappointed in the story so that had an effect on the performance.
I did see the movies and liked them more. I was hoping for more form this story.
They were okay stories that made for good movies. I was just expecting alot more from the short stories to be better than the movies.
I had read some of these many years ago. I never really liked the way the Dick developed his characters but his ideas--his IDEAS--were and are amazing. That is why so many movies have been made of these stories, sometimes changing the story lines significantly (as in Minority Report) but retaining the central ideas. So, I think the book is a good listen for that reason, plus Dullea does a good job.
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