Caustically funny, eerily accurate in its depiction of junkies, scam artists, and the walking brain-dead, Philip K. Dick's industrial-grade stress test of identity is as unnerving as it is enthralling.
©1977 Philip K. Dick; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
Dick gives us an inside look at a subculture that many don't want to ever happen to us. But beyond that there is a story of just what the human mind can overcome even if all is destroyed and lost.
Paul's reading of the novel is by far a riveting performance that none could have matched. His voice carries you through it and the separation of characters and each of their qualities are brought forth in his reading. As a first time listener of Paul, I found that he was able to bring to life each character and it was clear who was who.
A Scanner Darkly is my favorite audiobook. Paul G. is a brilliant performer, and this is a masterpiece of acting that goes beyond what you would normally expect. Best PKD audiobook I've heard.
Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on
The paranoia and Paul Giamatti's performance.
I haven't listened to any Philip K Dick books before
Anything with Barris
When Arctor went to work in the farm and he was almost a vegetable himself
Paul Giamatti was wonderful and did an excellent job with the characterizations. I got a little frustrated with the meandering of the story. It needed to be a little tighter, but worth it.
What is real?
The discussion of the stolen bicycle. The guys all talk in circles about a fairly simple concept, the gears on the bike. This is later presented to Bob as evidence that Substance D has begun to deteriorate their brains.
No, I haven't, but based on his performance, I would suggest other books narrated by him.
Surprisingly, the afterword by Philip K. Dick about the people close to him who were destroyed by drugs.
This is one of PKD's classics. If you're a fan of his other work, then I suggest this performance by Paul Giamatti.
While obviously well written and well performed, the material is quite disturbing and hard to stay focused on. So much so that I finally gave up and, for the first time, have not finished listening to an Audible book. Some people might really appreciate it but it definitely won't be for many.
The characters are well portrayed which may be part of the problem. The main narrator is going in and out of reality. The conversations that happen are often just plain annoying. Not the writing but the type of conversations that could very well be had by people whose brains are messed up due to their trip.
One disappointment was that I was expecting science fiction, especially considering the author and the classification. This might have been considered sci fi when it was written but doesn't fit that category today. It was a look into the near future when it was written but could also have just been considered an exploration of a different sub-culture. Perhaps the ending might still categorize it as sci fi, but I ended up stopped about 3/4 of the way through it. My time is just too valuable and I unfortunately should have given up much before I did.
If the idea of Paul Giamatti reading Philip K Dick sounds exciting to you, buy this audio book. You won't be disappointed.
Giamatti brings to life the mundane beauty and everyday struggles of the characters in the novel.
This was my first audible book ever. Loved the narrator. Encouraged by my brother, I gave it a try. Since then I have been hooked on audible. Thanks Bro!
I have heard that PKD didn't spend a lot of time editing his work. If he had, he would have removed the nonsensical ranting about nothing that makes up the first half of the book. The second half is interesting, and the narrator is decent, but your credit is better spent elsewhere.
The change and development of the tone of the story surprised me: at first I thought the author had a Nancy Regan-style
Donna. I especially like her because of the development her character underwent. At first I was really disappointed, because initially she seemed weak and one-dimensional. Being the only female in the book, the tone of the entire story seemed distractingly misogynistic. I was really pleasantly surprised to see how strong and sympathetic this character became.
He did a good job. His voice is good and gravelly when it needs to be, which compliments the grittiness of the story.
I didn't laugh or cry, but after the book was over I definitely sat back and thought about life and existence and those type of big questions.
It is interesting to look at futuristic/distopia stories from previous generations such as this. It gives an insight into the culture and concerns of the time in which they were written. Today, it wouldn't make as much sense to write this sort of book, since rampant drug abuse just isn't the phenomena it once was (or at least isn't perceived to be so threatening to mainstream society). It is fascinating to see how a reality such as this may have seemed plausible a few decades ago.
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