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Ubik Audiobook

Ubik

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Publisher's Summary

A mind-bending, classic Philip K. Dick novel about the perception of reality.

Named as one of Time's 100 best books.

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business - deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time. As consumables deteriorate and technology gets ever more primitive, the group needs to find out what is causing the shifts and what a mysterious product called Ubik has to do with it all.

©1969 Philip K. Dick (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"From the stuff of space opera, Dick spins a deeply unsettling existential horror story, a nightmare you'll never be sure you've woken up from." (Lev Grossman, Time)

"More brilliant than similar experiments conducted by Pynchon or DeLillo." (Roberto Bolaño)

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    Joe Dublin, Ohio 06-12-16
    Joe Dublin, Ohio 06-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic Performance"

    I read this book 24 years ago as a teenager. I grew up a Philip K Dick fan and truly loved this book. I hadn't read it since until recently, when audible offered it on sale, I thought it would be fun to listen to.

    Wow! The narration of Luke Daniels makes this book so much fun to hear performed. Daniels brings the different characters to life with cleverly rendered voices. The book is as playful as it is mind-blowing.

    I wish Philip K Dick were still around to hear his own work performed like this. I bet he would have loved it.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Haywood 06-15-16 Member Since 2009

    techjunkie

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    "My first PKD book. "

    I'm very impressed with both the story and performance. I can't help but notice similar themes in more recent sci-fi movies that may have drawn from this story.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    LARRY United States 07-14-16
    LARRY United States 07-14-16 Member Since 2012
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    "disjointed with no sense of direction"

    virtually no character development, this story was a waste of my time. if you're into dystopia, this is for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cody Bateman 06-10-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great!"

    I knew about Dick's books but never read or listened until now. Shouldn't have waited so long. The performance was really good and the performance made it even better. Very unexpected for a $4.99 daily deal.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael - Audible 09-01-16 Member Since 2016

    Editor at Audible -- I like self-dev, Sci-Fi, and Fiction that leans a little bit, but not all the way, towards literary.

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    "What a Great Story!"
    Would you listen to Ubik again? Why?

    I've actually never read a book twice, except for school, just because once I'm done with a story I like to move on but I might consider listening to Ubik again. The performance is super.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The performance was excellent and PKD's concept is excellent. It really makes you think and start to question the world around you, not only that it held my attention consistently and was paced quickly which is always nice.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Glen Runciter (Sp?)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I took this home with me for Mother's day and had to hide from my family just so I could finish the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worthwhile!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Craig Dodge 07-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Dragged on and on to the point of torture"

    Dear mother of god don't get this book. Drug on not much of a point

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    Matthew Strom 06-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful classic"

    This sci-fi escaped me back when I first started plowing through the classics. It is a fantastic novel and should be read by anyone who loves sci-fi.

    Luke Daniels does a great job with the narration and really helps the novel come alive.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Nashville TN 06-29-16
    Rob Nashville TN 06-29-16
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    "wow"

    Started a little slow and then it grabbed me without warning only to leave me completely jaw dropped at the end.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-21-16
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-21-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Confusing. Convoluted. Too clever."

    Ubik makes it onto some lists of recommended sci-fi novels so I was keen to finally read it. I enjoyed the beginning and was looking forward to a good sci-fi yarn. Despite the promising beginning the story just kept getting more and more and then even more convoluted.

    Things hadn't cleared up significantly by the end, though I still had high hopes. Unfortunately, I found the ending was as mystifying as it was unsatisfying. I'm not a fan of deep and meaningful endings.

    If you love high brow sci-fi you may like this book. Personally, I value a satisfying and engaging story over literary panache. If you are like-minded, you may want to consider giving this book a pass.

    Luke Daniels does a fine job narrating, though.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dan STAUNTON, IL, United States 05-20-16
    Dan STAUNTON, IL, United States 05-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "One of PKD's Best!"

    Great Preformace too! Loved this one. Great ties back to Dick's Exegesis as well. A must read for PKD fans.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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  • Antonio Konitsiotis
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    5/30/16
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    "a wild imaginative ride!"

    constantly keeps you guessing, a crazy amazing story! brilliantly narrated and a seminal piece of sci-fi!

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    5/26/16
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    "Keeps you guessing"

    Good story. Quite trippy and keeps you guessing. In fact, it gets better as it goes on. Good voices by the narrator!

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  • Oliver
    5/10/16
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    "Phantasmagoric"

    Looking for some 10/10 sci-fi? Trying to fill the formless void in your soul? Wondering when the last time you were ever truly happy was? Read Ubik by Phillip K Dick

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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