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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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  • Joe
  • Dublin, Ohio
  • 02-05-17

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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Not my thing I guess.

I cannot tell if what I dislike is that it didn't age well, or if it just was a bad book.

A lot of people quote Philip K Dick as a great author, I have never really liked him. I liked the base ideas of a lot of his books, but they are at the very least incredibly boring, with little pace. The characters are rather uninteresting and just didn't spark my imagination.

A lot of people call him Shakespeare for his genre, and they very well are correct, Shakespeare was a horrible writer himself so it would fit for me.

I realize people might say "but for his time" the story was effective and it had more meaning then, I don't agree with that either. I like a lot of authors from the 1920s through the 1980s that do similar things a lot better. I have not read all of his books (yes I read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and it is about as boring as the movie) so maybe there are stuff out there, but I haven't found it yet. I am starting Man in the High Castle as I like the series, maybe the book will be just as good and my opinion will change for Philip K Dick then, but for now it isn't a high opinion.

That being said, I suspect if you did like "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" you will like this book and if that is the case I recommend it for you. If you are at all like me though, I would recommend letting this book sit and collect dust while you go find a more interesting possibility.

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Not the best production

Lots of mispronunciation

Felt like the story itself was disjointed and incoherent.

Not my favorite Dick novel.

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Don't let the awards fool you

What did you like best about Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said? What did you like least?

The women were portrayed as sex-hungry and shallow.

What aspect of Phil Gigante’s performance would you have changed?

His portrayal of women's voices.

Any additional comments?

According to Wikipedia, this book was published after a hiatus of PKD from writing, during which time his older works became quite popular. IMHO this book got the awards as an afterglow of that.

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PKD writes beautifully. It stands the test of time

I really enjoyed the surreal universe of PKD and the story is both simple and complex at the same time and I was very impressed with Phil Gigante.

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A thinker and a thriller (with reservations)

Philip K. Dick can astound with his mastery of words and his imaginative worlds. Few others can draw you into a sci-fi world and keep you there consistently.

The performance was wonderful too. The voices perfectly matched. And heck, I even cried at certain parts due to the great emotion placed upon the more famous quotes of the book. However, there are reservations.

The plot is, in a sense, very strange and not terribly well explained or justified in the end. The strange creature shown in act I isn’t explained and the beginning is mostly irrelevant. Also, Jason Taverner doesn’t REALLY learn any true lessons in the end. He’s just another rich person with an unhealthy sex life.

But definitely give this book a try. It’s great.

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Enjoyed this audiobook

I found the plot to be straight to the point and immediately entertaining. The work itself is a good duration that didn't leave room for indulgence.

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Couldn't finish - might have been the narration

Two hours into this book and I can't finish. It's been years since I've read PKD and he used to be one of my favorite authors, but I just can't do this one, First of all, I absolutely hate the narration. Phil Gigante has ruined many books for me and I can't tell if it's his reading or the book itself that repels me here.
Second, the characters up to this point aren't worth the time and their reactions aren't normal. The main character just cruises along and goes with the flow. He wakes up and his entire existence has been wiped from the world around him and he barely bats an eyelash at it. He just takes it in stride. Not a very believable response. The forger he meets and hangs with for the last hour is just plain psychotic and not interesting.
Had to just stop. Not sure if I hate this due to the narrator or the story. Had Michael Kramer or Tim Reynolds narrated maybe I'd feel differently.

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Not my favorite work by Phillip K Dick

Dick's story telling is its usual masterful, philosophical and thought provoking as always keeping you hooked but the big reveal towards the last fifth of the book fails to justify the events of the story which for a stickler for plot points like me, was a let down. Otherwise, it was futuristic, lucid and quintessential Phillip K Dick.

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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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  • 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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  • 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!!