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  • Time Out of Joint

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

Ragle Gumm has a unique job: Every day he wins a newspaper contest. And when he isn’t consulting his charts and tables, he enjoys his life in a small town, in 1959. At least, that’s what he thinks. But then strange things start happening. He finds a phone book where all the numbers have been disconnected, and a magazine article about a famous starlet named Marilyn Monroe, whom he’s never heard of. Plus, everyday objects are beginning to disappear and are replaced by strips of paper with words written on them, like "bowl of flowers" and "soft-drink stand".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well ahead of his time even in 1959

  • By Anniebligh on 01-15-13


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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-17

Time Out of Joint is a great book. It's a reminiscent of the film Truman Show and the novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. PKD employs some of his usual tropes: constructed reality and government conspiracy, to build a gripping story about a man undergoing a Freudian regression. In this novel the 50's utopia, called "Old Town", is more quaint than creepy, but it's wrought with glitches and non sequiturs. The only reason I didn't give this book a 5 star rating is that it's a small scale read, with a limited world. That said, no questions are left unanswered and it's overall a very satisfying production:) Enjoy!