In Our Friends from Frolix 8, the world is run by an elite few. And what determines whether one is part of the elite isn’t wealth or privilege, but brains. As children, every citizen of Earth is tested; some are found to be super-smart New Men and some are Unusuals with various psychic powers. The vast majority are Undermen, performing menial jobs in an overpopulated world.
Nick Appleton is an Underman, content to eke out an existence as a tire regroover. But after his son is classified as an Underman, Appleton begins to question the hierarchy. Strengthening his resolve, and energizing the resistance movement, is news that the great resistance leader Thors Provoni is returning from a trip to the farthest reaches of space. And he’s brought help: a giant, indestructible alien.
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Not the best Dick ever but worth a read for sure. There were a few chapters, mainly philosophical that really made the book for me. As I heard someone say, if you only read one PKD book this probably shouldn't be it. If you're like me and read the first one and then within a few days had several others under your belt grab it. I will say the performance was outstanding. Each character was extremely unique from the others and captured the essence of what each was going through in every bit of dialogue, the dialogue just felt incredibly real and with some characters it changed greatly as they went through different changes and emotions, this is the main reason I gave the overall a 5 star.
I enjoyed Mr. Podehl's voice, as critical as the plot/story, with audiobooks.
This eight (8) hour tale was given no chapter breaks. Bumping the wrong button on my player and we're back to the beginning. That's 1991 technology.
I'm living in constant pain from degenerative disk desease. Audible makes day to days better!
I've never tried to figure out rights from wrongs, too weak or strong, I'm dyslexic with memory disorders and pain from degenerate disc desease. I'm listening to get out of my head and so far his writing style creates religous thoughts for the reader (me) to evaluate which side I should consider. No other writers do this more than him! I'm sorry, i'd rather stick to Isaac Assmov (sorry the spelling) Henlein, A C. Clarke, Alan Dean Foster and many more. They are not easy to read either but by the end of the book the ride worked.
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