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.
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.
my only issue with the format of this audiobook is that i wish there was more of an obvious break in between stories. i'm frequently not really sure what i'm listening to - they don't tell you the names of the other stories, and if i miss the music in between (i'm on earphones in a loud workspace), sometimes it takes me a couple minutes to realize that i'm listening to a new one. other than that, it's very enjoyable.
Wow, was I disappointed with these stories, but with 4 stories and only 2000 chars I have to be brief. As others noted, they are dated--punch cards, need I say more?--but this is the least of my complaints. Paycheck is the best of the lot and I would give it a 4 out of 5. It was a good short story which revolved around one clever but not terribly weighty idea that Dick weaves a nice story around. It was pretty obvious how the story would end, but this didn't detract because it was how the story would get to the end that was interesting.
The rest of the stories are not worth the short time it took to listen to them. "Second Variety" was so predictable that it was annoying. The only person surprised by the ending is the main character.
I was most disappointing by "Minority Report" and "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale". Both started well and were based on very interesting ideas that could have been developed in many different ways. As I'm sure you know Minority Report is based on the idea of the head of the "Pre-Crimes" unit himself being accused of a crime he would commit in the future. What an interesting idea! Was Dick going to examine the idea of the ethics of incarcerating people for crimes they would commit? After all, if we could be 100% sure someone would kill another person it would be hard to argue for allowing such a person free. But what degree of certainty would a "pre-crimes" unit need to make it ethical to incarcerate people prior to committing a crime? 99.9% 67% 50.1% ... Or perhaps he could have gone a totally different direction and made the pre-crimes unit a metaphor for God and then explored any number of topics. He does nothing like this. Quite frankly, it seems to me that Minority Report was a novel Dick briefly started, and then years later with zero creativity just ended so he could publish it. The same is true of "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale." Both remind me of movies in which the promos contain all the parts worth watching.
This book brings together a number of Philp K. Dick's short stories. They are all good, but none of them are great. It is a great contrast to compare the hard-boiled approach of Dick with that of Heinline in The Puppet Master that I am reading now. Heilein is simply a better writer and uses many technology-based devices that can hold up decades later, but Dick's work feels stuck in the past.
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