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Valis Audiobook

Valis

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Publisher's Summary

What is VALIS? This question is at the heart of Philip K. Dick's groundbreaking novel, the first book in his defining trilogy. When a beam of pink light begins giving a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat (who just might also be known as Philip K. Dick) visions of an alternate Earth where the Roman Empire still reigns, he must decide whether he is crazy or whether a godlike entity is showing him the true nature of the world.

VALIS is essential listening for any true Philip K. Dick fan, a novel that Roberto Bolaño called "more disturbing than any novel by [Carson] McCullers." By the end, like Dick himself, you will be left wondering what is real, what is fiction, and just what the price is for divine inspiration.

©1981 Philip K. Dick (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Michael 03-16-16
    Michael 03-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Life changing"

    This is exactly the kind of story I need to hear. If you are dealing with depression or you feel alone and confused about the Universe, I would highly recommend this book. It maybe baffling at times, but that just makes me feel more connected with the characters (especially Dick himself). It won't make you less crazy, but you might feel less alone. You may even find a spark of faith you never thought you had.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan PointBlank, TX, United States 11-22-16
    Jan PointBlank, TX, United States 11-22-16 Member Since 2010
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    "I had a hard time finishing this book"

    There were a few redeeming ideas in this book but you had to listen to a lot of craziness to get to it.

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    Mark Madison, WI, United States 11-06-16
    Mark Madison, WI, United States 11-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant"

    Creative and cleverly witty. An impressive mix of theology, gnosticism, psychology and humor. Expertly narrated.

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    J.W. Senningen, Luxembourg 08-25-16
    J.W. Senningen, Luxembourg 08-25-16 Member Since 2008

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    "Briljant, original or ramblings"

    Can't make up my mind on this one. So much philosophical rambling and semi religious stuff that I was waiting for it to end really badly. But it brilliantly weaves aliens with dreamworld with religion and science into one big hallucination that makes it really hard to pin down.

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    Dan 02-05-16
    Dan 02-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic Reading of a Strangely Told, Odd Story"

    The reader, who I previously enjoyed as the Stainless Steel Rat, outdoes himself in narrating this story. The multiple characters, in more way than one, pose an interesting challenge, and they were all rendered perfectly.
    The story itself took some repetitions to even begin to make some sense, but it was enjoyable even when I didn't have the any idea of what was going on. This is a book that felt like a romp around in the fascinatingly strange mind of the author, with a strange feeling of autobiography by an unreliable narrator.
    There is not likely another book like it, but it has positive similarities to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I quite enjoyed the philosophical ramblings as well.

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    PJ 01-04-16
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    "Not for the casual reader."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book spends way too much time immersing the reader into an induced acid trip or insanity experience that is tiresome to slog through. As a huge fan of PKD, I soldiered on through the entire book to try to get a payoff but it left me thoroughly disappointed. It simply should not have taken so much time and so many repetitive stabs at impressing the reader as to the fog in Horselover Fat's brain.


    What was most disappointing about Philip K. Dick’s story?

    The story line took much too long to develop into a cohesive narrative.


    Did Phil Gigante do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did as good a job as anyone could have with the subject matter.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Valis?

    Much of the first half of the book was overdone. It could have been shortened significantly with less repetitive ravings.


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    Brian 09-17-15
    Brian 09-17-15 Member Since 2016

    Your Boswell. Succinct, but accurate.

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    "Finally, A Pleasant Aural Version of Valis Trilogy"

    Under the false-impression a review was optional, I grinned when informed that submitting without writing 15 words wasn't allowed: a Dick move, by all accounts.

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    Lauren 05-11-16
    Lauren 05-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "too much philosophy"

    it's the only time I have to say I struggled to finish the book. I didn't mind the philosophy in the first one of this Trilogy because there was enough plot in there to keep me interested. this one however was too much philosophy especially when I kept repeating the same things. I can definitely tell this book was written in the eighties and that he was raised in the sixties when religion was something that everyone automatically believed in.

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    Rocky 10-30-15
    Rocky 10-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I thought, hard to get through."

    I like other Philip Dick's books, this book sounded interesting so I gave it a go. The story is very slow and the narration was painfully dry. I did not enjoy this book. Would not recommend; read the minority report short story audible, it is a much better read!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Brain-bending brilliance"

    First I want to mention the excellent performance by Phil Gigante. His reading is pacy and expressive, really bringing the story to life.

    The book itself is a deep, profound meditation on the nature of reality itself, on mental illness and theology. It incorporates elements of science fiction in an unusual way. The result is a book like no other I have ever read. Mind expanding, thought provoking, strange and wonderful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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