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Minority Report and Other Stories (Unabridged Stories) | [Philip K. Dick]

Minority Report and Other Stories (Unabridged Stories)

Viewed by many as the greatest science fiction writer on any planet, Philip K. Dick has written some of the most intriguing, original, and thought-provoking fiction of our time. This collection includes "The Minority Report," "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," "Paycheck," "Second Variety," and "The Eyes Have It."
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Viewed by many as the greatest science fiction writer on any planet, Philip K. Dick has written some of the most intriguing, original, and thought-provoking fiction of our time. This collection includes stories that will make you laugh, cringe...and stop and think.

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.

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    Travis 05-12-11
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    "Nice Collection of Four P.D.K. Short Stories"

    This is a really nice collection of sci-fi short stories, which have also been adapted into movies. Each shows Philip K. Dick's mind-bending ideas, albeit in a dated style. My only real complaint is it is hard to find where stories start.
    FYI: 0:00:00 -- Minority Report; 1:30:14 -- We Can Remember It for You Wholesale (Total Recall); 2:23:43 -- Paycheck; 3:46:35 -- Second Variety (Screamers)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Albert H. Nakano Seattle, WA 04-19-04
    Albert H. Nakano Seattle, WA 04-19-04 Member Since 2003

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    "better than the movies"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. The short stories of Phillip K. Dick are a fascinating glimpse of one man's vision of various futures. They are definitely quirky and very non-Hollywood. If you expect neatly wrapped up happy endings, these stories are not for you. The reader Keir Dullea is excellent. If I'm not mistaken, he is an actor who is most famous for playing Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey. He brings the various characters to life, imbuing them with individual personalities. I highly recommend this title.

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    Edward Mountain View, CA, USA 02-12-04
    Edward Mountain View, CA, USA 02-12-04
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    "The Best Sci-Fi"

    This audiobook is GREAT! And it's all because of Dick's imagination. The reader is so-so (some of his characterizations bugged me) so I can't give it a 5 star rating, but the reader is the only thing that holds me back. If you wondered where great sci-fi movies like: Minority Report, Total Recall, Screamers, and Paycheck came from, here it is. Dick is the master and these shorts are great fun. My favorite was Paycheck. I haven't seen the movie but I am sure the short story is a thousand times better! Good listen!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Southern Pines, NC, USA 05-29-06
    Deborah Southern Pines, NC, USA 05-29-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Minority Report"

    This series of short stories captivated me. All of them were thought provoking and yet not too "heavy". The type of stories the old series "Twilight zone" were - always favorites of mine. After seeing the movie "Minority Report" it was especially interesting to listen to the original.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Share 6803 Day St.Tujunga, CA, 91042 11-21-11
    David Share 6803 Day St.Tujunga, CA, 91042 11-21-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Minority Report and Other Stories"

    I found the wonderful thing about this writer is he gets your mind going. I had already seen the movie Minority Report (Tom cruise) and was very impressed. The book is based on the same theme but a different story with a very different ending. If you have seen the movie you will love listening to this book - the movie will not have spoiled it for you. His stories were all entertaining educational and well worth the time spent on it.

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    J. Davis Los Angeles, CA 03-22-08
    J. Davis Los Angeles, CA 03-22-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Great"

    Stories are excellent and well read.

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    Tyler Charlotte, NC, United States 05-15-12
    Tyler Charlotte, NC, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Crazy good!!!!!"

    Never even knew I liked sci-fi books until this. These short stories are awesome. Action packed, clever, and really fast paced, with no boring or slow parts. At the same time the stories still make sense, and don't feel artificially short or anything like that. I really enjoyed this, and plan to get many more Phillip K Dick books. Thse stories were pure enjoyment. I just can't say enough.

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    SoxFan Los Angeles, CA USA 08-14-04
    SoxFan Los Angeles, CA USA 08-14-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Interesting, But Dated"

    This is a fascinating look at short stories that were perverted or realized with varying degrees of success (and fidelity) by translation into movies. Most stories are quite entertaining, but dated in their "future tech" and also in the sociental attitudes implicit in Dick's writing. All in all, an enjoyable, if not deeply moving read.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 07-11-14
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "These stories are not like any movie I’ve ever see"

    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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    Clark Tucson, AZ, United States 04-19-13
    Clark Tucson, AZ, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "WHAT A STEAL!!!"
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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

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