Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Narrated by: Phil Gigante
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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"Dick skillfully explores the psychological ramifications of this nightmare." - The New York Times Review of Books

Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said grapples with many of the themes Philip K. Dick is best known for - identity, altered reality, drug use, and dystopia - in a rollicking chase story that earned the novel the John W. Campbell Award and nominations for the Hugo and Nebula.

Jason Taverner - world-famous talk show host and man-about-town - wakes up one day to find that no one knows who he is - including the vast databases of the totalitarian government. And in a society where lack of identification is a crime, Taverner has no choice but to go on the run with a host of shady characters, including crooked cops and dealers of alien drugs. But do they know more than they are letting on? And just how can a person's identity be erased overnight?

©1974 Philip K. Dick (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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An excellent reading of an amazing book

'Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said' may go down as one my favorite books. The story is packed so densely with metaphor that it probably warrants multiple readings. The only other Phillip K. Dick books that I've read are 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' and 'The Man in the High Castle', both of which I enjoyed I lot. I found the story of this book both more creative and more compelling.

I have heard people say that they shy away from PKD because his writing is sexist. Some of the stuff in this book can also be interpreted as racist. The only thing I can say is that you must stick it through to the end. Sexism, racism, and bigotry exist in this book the same way they exist in real life: as elements of the world surrounding and permeating the characters. By the end of the story, some of the characters identify these negative traits in themselves and thereby push through them, others don't. Interpret the treatment of these social issues however you would like, but I believe that Dick puts them in the story to call them out, not to support them.

I listened to the audio version of this story, read by Phil Gigante. Gigante did an excellent job with the wide range of characters and I never found myself getting distracted by his voice and tone choices. Overall production quality of the audio tracks was also superb. If you have an 8+ hour drive, get this audio book.

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PKD Comes Alive!

This is a fantastic performance of PKD's 'Flow My Tears.' The narrator provides an excellent diversity of voices and dramatizes the whole story with an engaging rhythm. I loved it!

As a PKD book, it's slightly different than most I've read as the protagonist is an alpha male with a cocky swagger, a famous TV personality and singer with plenty of mistresses. Early in the novel he finds that his identity has been erased and nobody knows who he is. He goes from famous to a nobody, struggling to survive in totalitarian state.

The novel has some similarities to 'Do Androids Dream' in that the protagonist questions his own existence, and seems to bounce around between two worlds. There is also the policeman who is trying to figure out who he is and track him down.

It's a fun and engaging performance that keeps you questioning what's really going on. Classic Philip K Dick. You'll enjoy!

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Choose wisely

I didnt feel any connection to any characters and at no point was in awe of the setting/society created by PKD. I listened to Ubik and A Scanner Darkly so I was very excited by this book, but that ended quickly as I struggled to get bu this story. I think I’m in the minority, but I would not recommend.

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Classic PKD

An interesting thought experiment, based on a simple principle, although I'm afraid Dick's explanation of a possible mechanism for it struck me as obfuscation through complication.

The narrator was a joy for me to discover, especially his capability for female voices. The various females did end up sounding a little too similar, and his implementation of them was perhaps too sultry, but I was impressed nonetheless.

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very good and deep.

I can see why the book is so famous and well known. it's very unique.

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Performance enhances story

There are several transcendent moments in this story... but overall it's imperfect and leaves the ultimate meaning up to the reader. Not the perfect introduction to Dick's writing, but strongly recommended to any fans looking to chew on some difficult ideas

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Good but not the best PKD

I would recommend this book to those who have already read other works by Philip k Dick. Not his best, but still good. Lots of monologue. Not too deep like the others.

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Love dick

Dick does it again this time with more drugs and more cops and incest too

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very PKD, engaging read

narrator is on point. he understands PKD. the story ties together a lot of PKSs favorite topics including psychedelics, consciousness, reality, dystopian police state. entertaining read with a good ount to mull over

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1 being a scanner darkly. This is a great novel, so enjoyable and well read, a must listen
Listened this in almost a single stretch in a single day.

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  • r m allan
  • 01-02-17

Classic PKD

It's PKD so won't be bad...a little dated now but aren't we all...good narration and enjoyed the whole thing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-20

great story if you like PKD

if you enjoy pkd story's I would recommend. if you are new to this type of story try ubik or do androids dream of electric sheep. then come back to this. I enjoyed very much. narrator was good.

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  • Kreezer
  • 03-05-20

Eternal Masterpiece

A beautifully read, exploration of people just trying to get through life when reality is subtly altered which has unforeseen ripple effects.

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  • Nicholas O'Brien
  • 02-20-18

A great example of why Philip K Dick is as interesting as Orwell.

The use of a future setting allows the author to explore human behaviour and itge way patterns endure in different times. Beautifully read.

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  • MARCUS
  • 01-30-18

Not quite his best

Still good and I will listen to it again. But Eldritch, Android, Ubiq, Scanner are some of the most thought provoking novels ever. This guy was a genius! Oh and don't forget VALIS. But don't read that as your first novel of his.

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  • T. Crittenden
  • 08-22-16

enjoyed, but weird book

this was a weird book, I kind of enjoyed it but i wouldn't say it's Philip K Dick's best book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-19

Classic Dick though not my favourite

Well read and well wrapped up but a little... pointless feeling. Sounded like PKD was reading a lot of Kafka. Theres that cyclic beaurocratic vibe to it. Didnt live it. Didnt hate it

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  • Martin Van Rooy
  • 12-11-17

PKD review

Absolutely loved this audio book, the narrator is very apt at story telling and had me engrossed in moments. Highly recommend this audio book for all!!