This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that first established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction, breaking the barrier between genre fiction and the serious novel of ideas. Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to awake.
©1962 Philip K. Dick; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Dick is entertaining us about reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation....We have our own homegrown Borges." (Ursula K. LeGuin)
author managed to turn a perfectly scintillating title into a dead-boring morass of nothingness, focusing on the unedifying daily minutae of faceless characters, a confusing and much too much read-between-the-lines script leaves the listener lost & uninterested.
If you've finished reading the phone book and manuals in the house when sleepless, then this may be the one for you.
Likes intelligent mysteries, spy thrillers, world history, most anything Roman. Hates bad writing.
The social dimensions of contra-factual history here (Germany and Japan win WWII) are executed brilliantly, evoking a credible and thought-provoking image of what an America occupied by Japan and Germany would look like 15 or so years after the end of the war. Dick is at his best writing about society and human nature. He is relatively weak when it comes to dealing with technological change--something which is glaringly apparent now, decades later. However, this is a minor shortcoming in what is otherwise a tour de force. Note: I found the narration perfectly acceptable.
The idea of a post WWII world where the US lost the war was so intriguing that I thought I just had to give this one a listen.... I nearly shut it off several times! I can deal with the silly accents any reader tries in performing a reading, if the story is good. This one fell far short of "good". It was the kind of story that just starts becoming rich and interesting then dries out. Tries again at interesting then dies out again. Finally leaving you at the end of the book wondering why you wasted your time with it at all. All along the way I kept wondering where the story was going only to realize at the end it had no destination, conclusion or even a cogent thought. It was a dismal entertainment failure and the only thought it provoked was should I continue this audio torture or shut it off and count it a loss. I chose the torture! Do yourself a favor, don't choose torture....
1 book, deserted island: Replay|Series: A Song of Ice and Fire|Should be required in school: Starship Troopers|Finished: Ready Player One
Nothing I can think of. It was a disjointed mess.
Yes, read / listening to Ubik now. I enjoyed Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
Liked the voice inflections for the Japanese speakers and thinkers. The halting German was good as well.
The whole thing.
The story really is a mess. Robert Childen, Frank Fink, what the heck do they have do do with the plot? All they do is flesh out events. Julia? "Oh, ya. I killed him for you." Abendsen, "Oh, OK, thanks." WTH? Exceptionally lame ending.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was engrossing, and thought provoking. I just started Ubik and enjoying it also. The Man in the High Castle? I would not recommend it to someone in prison, that I didn't like!
This book was a big disappointment. I selected it based on the Hugo award it had won and the author; sadly the book fell short. I found the alternative history interesting, but not worthy of the Hugo award. The non-linear narrative was a distraction made worse by a below-average reader. I kept expecting everything to come together in glorious fashion like he did with A Scanner Darkly, but it didn't. Stay clear of this one.
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