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The Adjustment Bureau | [Philip K. Dick]

The Adjustment Bureau

Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Ed Fletcher is a real estate agent with a normal life, until one day he leaves the house for work a few minutes later than he should have. He arrives at a terrifying, grey, ash world. Ed rushes home and tells his wife, Ruth, who goes back to the office with him. When they return, everything is normal. But he soon realizes people and objects have subtly changed. Panic-stricken, he runs to a public phone to warn the police, only to have the phone booth ascend heavenward with Fletcher inside....
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Publisher's Summary

This is the short story, The Adjustment Team, which asks the question - Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Ed Fletcher is a real estate agent with a normal life, until one day he leaves the house for work a few minutes later than he should have. He arrives at a terrifying, grey, ash world. Ed rushes home and tells his wife, Ruth, who goes back to the office with him. When they return, everything is normal. But he soon realizes people and objects have subtly changed. Panic-stricken, he runs to a public phone to warn the police, only to have the phone booth ascend heavenward with Fletcher inside....

The Adjustment Team is the basis for the feature film The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

©1954 Philip K. Dick (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Rebecca 08-19-14
    Rebecca 08-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Any one but a Woman"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante’s performances?

    No. Unfortunately, all of the women's voices were so unbeleiveable that it took me out of the story and left me wishing i could fastforward so I didnt have to hear the shrillness.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was interesting. I would not listen to this version. The shrillness of the women's voices made listening unbearable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Hall 11-16-13
    John Hall 11-16-13
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    "Ripoff - incomplete story - chapter 1 of 3"
    Would you try another book from Philip K. Dick and/or Phil Gigante?

    I feel completely ripped off. I have only 1 chapter of 3. Where is the rest of the story?


    Has The Adjustment Bureau turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, I feel ripped off.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Phil Gigante?

    Someone who would include the entire story.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, include the entire story and don't rip off the listner

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Iris Houston, TX United States 08-28-13
    Robert Iris Houston, TX United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting background to the movie"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story, I think I just enjoyed the movie more.


    If you’ve listened to books by Philip K. Dick before, how does this one compare?

    As in all PDK stories, the plots are brilliant, the characters are interesting but flawed, and you come out if it terribly depressed.


    Was The Adjustment Bureau worth the listening time?

    Still, a worthwhile listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wolfspyder Makato MN USA 10-15-12
    wolfspyder Makato MN USA 10-15-12 Member Since 2003

    AKA King Caspian II of Veritasia. (507) 344-0981

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    "Better Than The Movie!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Adjustment Bureau the most enjoyable?

    Narration was kept right at the proper pace and tension. Voicing for the different characters was also distinct and excellent.


    What other book might you compare The Adjustment Bureau to and why?

    No comparisons come to mind just now.


    Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Gigante was a pleasure to listen to. I have not found any of his other work yet, but I am looking forward to more from him.


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    Nepenthe 09-03-12
    Nepenthe 09-03-12
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    "This is not a book, it is a short story."
    Was The Adjustment Bureau worth the listening time?

    The listening time was the major disappointment with this book. There was very little listening for the money spent.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • James Street
    11/12/14
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    "A good film from a poor short story"
    Would you try another book written by Philip K. Dick or narrated by Phil Gigante?

    No


    Has The Adjustment Bureau put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Poor story line developed imaginatively for the film of the same name. Narrator voice lacks characterisation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LJLC
    7/12/14
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    "Very short!!!"
    If you could sum up The Adjustment Bureau in three words, what would they be?

    It's very short


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Adjustment Bureau?

    Finding out how short it was!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This is longer than the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this, but did I say, "it's short?"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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