The Collected Works of Philip K. Dick is a collection of 11 science fiction stories by Philip K. Dick. Included in this audiobook:
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Wow. Hard to believe one reviewer and I were listening to the same book. I thought the stories were excellent and the reader did a very good job. One of the best audiobooks I've heard.
The variety of stories.
Great job with the many voices.
To each his own I guess but hard to see how someone could pan a book like this.
I would absolutely listen to more Philip K. Dick books. As for listening to Kevin Killavey again, I would have to pass. his voice is nice enough but he has that "I have way too much saliva in my mouth" sound. His S's sound like "TTTHHHHHH" It's kind of gross.
I don't think it's so much there was a memorable story that stood out. All of them are memorable. The thing I found fascinating is how many modern stories have been taken from one single short story and then some. You can see the roots of Terminator, Battlestar Galactica and an unblushing "borrowing" on Spielberg's part to "inspire" his film AI ei: David and his teddy bear.
He has a nice voice, but he sounds like he's drowning in his own saliva most of the time.
Killavey needs to step up his game if he is serious about a career in narration. He lacks the gravitas of someone like Tom Weiner whose narrated several of Dick's book. There were minor inconsistencies in the different voices he used. The overall audio quality was below standard as well. The audio all sounded like it had a dull reverb on it or maybe that it was a copy of a copy.
There were a couple of gems in this collection. Mainly the first and last of the 11 stories approached the level of some of his better known works. Hearing the collection gives you some insight as to his obsession with certain themes like space exploration and post-apocalyptic Earth. I would give recommend this collection only to die-hard Dick-heads who have already went through all his better known works.
There are few positive things to be said about this audio book.
First, the narrator says everything in the same rushed tone. The different voices he uses are laughably bad. There is very little silence between books (to be fair, I believe that's more of the producers' fault than anything). You may be listening to the end of one story and in the next breath he's on to the next.
Second, the stories are just terrible. Very little actual storytelling, very little "visuals" or descriptions, and everything has a twist ending that you can see coming a mile off. The stories are a bad combination of 50's science fiction schlock and poorly thought-out Twilight Zone episodes.
Third, the audio quality is terrible. There is a high pitched squeal throughout and even other noises (beeping? voices?). I would expect this sort of poor quality from something ripped from cassette and posted on a bittorrent site, not from Audible.
All in all, I didn't finish "reading" this book. In fact, I gave up about 5 hours in. I'll be returning it to Audible.
Yes, but not these stories.
"Cracking little stories"
Definitely. Some of the stories were better than others but there was plenty of stories and some of them were pretty short so definitely got your money's worth.
Yes, he's written some of the best sci-fi stories ever.
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