Your audiobook is waiting…

Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Narrated by: Phil Gigante
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (609 ratings)

Regular price: $19.99

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

"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.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    223
  • 4 Stars
    222
  • 3 Stars
    129
  • 2 Stars
    27
  • 1 Stars
    8

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    291
  • 4 Stars
    180
  • 3 Stars
    75
  • 2 Stars
    16
  • 1 Stars
    4

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    200
  • 4 Stars
    190
  • 3 Stars
    132
  • 2 Stars
    28
  • 1 Stars
    12
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

2

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

very good and deep.

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

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Not the best production

Lots of mispronunciation

Felt like the story itself was disjointed and incoherent.

Not my favorite Dick novel.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • 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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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!!