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.
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"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
virtually no character development, this story was a waste of my time. if you're into dystopia, this is for you.
Great Preformace too! Loved this one. Great ties back to Dick's Exegesis as well. A must read for PKD fans.
I've finished two hours and I can't go on. Women are either young and voluptuous or old hags. There's the implication of bartering sex for employment references. The technology seems tedious, your door can refuse to open if you can't pay it, likewise your refrigerator. Manual labor is handled by robots.... but only if you've up to date on your payments. I'm nearly 25% through the story and the plot hasn't really evolved over what I heard in the preview and read in the description. I'd recommend it for people studying writing and the history of fiction, which is an interesting subject since you get an interesting view of the society in which a book was written by the assumptions made by the writer. All people smoke, women are chosen for particular types of jobs, the amount of money necessary for certain basic needs is determined, but that doesn't make the story interesting and if its not there by the end of the first 90-120 minutes I'm not willing to give it more time. Even though I was in high school when the book was written and can remember those attitudes even nostalgia can't capture my interest in this book.
Easy to finish, and not what I expected! Keep listening and guessing. Try to keep up :-)
"a wild imaginative ride!"
constantly keeps you guessing, a crazy amazing story! brilliantly narrated and a seminal piece of sci-fi!
"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!
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
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