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Total Recall | [Philip K. Dick]

Total Recall

Philip K. Dick’s classic short story tells the story of Douglas Quail, an unfulfilled bureaucrat who dreams of visiting Mars, but can't afford the trip. Luckily, there is Rekal Incorporated, a company that lets everyday stiffs believe they’ve been on incredible adventures. The only problem is that when technicians attempt a memory implant of a spy mission to Mars, they find that real memories of just such a trip are already in Quail's brain. Suddenly, Quail is running for his life from government agents, but his memories might make him more of a liability than he is worth.
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Philip K. Dick’s classic short story tells the story of Douglas Quail, an unfulfilled bureaucrat who dreams of visiting Mars, but can't afford the trip. Luckily, there is Rekal Incorporated, a company that lets everyday stiffs believe they’ve been on incredible adventures. The only problem is that when technicians attempt a memory implant of a spy mission to Mars, they find that real memories of just such a trip are already in Quail's brain. Suddenly, Quail is running for his life from government agents, but his memories might make him more of a liability than he is worth.

©2012 Laura Coelho, Christopher Dick, and Isa Hackett (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 09-18-12
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "PKD good one"

    this is a well known and excellent story, different than the movie of course. i do think this is contained within one of the other short story collections of PKD and I didn't double check before buying. still a good performance, but may even be same reader as other collection. I have grown to like PKD more and more but generally his alternate reality ideas are his best in my opinion, Scanner, Androids, Valis, Policeman so far the best.

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    John 11-13-14
    John 11-13-14 Member Since 2011

    Fan of Star Wars, Doctor Who, H. P. Lovecraft and C. S. Lewis, fantasy, science-fiction, horror and the spiritual/religious.

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    "Good but too short."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, as a short story. It is well-written and compelling but I think I prefer the film which is longer and has more in it.


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

    This is the first I've heard. Though I prefer the film version I will probably check out other works by the author.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was good. Well-read.


    Could you see Total Recall being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It already has been, but the movie and the book are very different. The movie is like an expanded version of the short story, with more twists and characters. Both are worthwhile in their own way.


    Any additional comments?

    Would have been great if the author had expanded this into a novel or series. It has a lot of potential for development of the universe and characters.

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    Aaron 12-16-13
    Aaron 12-16-13
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    "An hour well-spent...or was it?"

    Was the main character in a dream, or did the events actually happen?

    PKD draws upon unique ideas, and creates a surprisingly realistic premises from the completely bizare, and he does so in an interesting way. It is funny to me that he could bring forth more in a short story, than many authors seem capable of writing in endless hours of written material.



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    Adam Beecroft, Australia 01-14-13
    Adam Beecroft, Australia 01-14-13
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    "Great short story, different from the movies!"
    Where does Total Recall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very original story and different from the two movies made based on this story.


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