Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The Stories Behind the Series

Though perhaps most famous as a novelist, Philip K. Dick wrote more than 100 short stories over the course of his career, each as mind-bending and genre-defining as his longer works. Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams collects 10 of the best. In "Autofac," Dick shows us one of the earliest examples (and warnings) in science fiction of self-replicating machines. "Exhibit Piece" and "The Commuter" feature Dick exploring one of his favorite themes: the shifting nature of reality and whether it is even possible to perceive the world as it truly exists. And "The Hanging Stranger" provides a thrilling, dark political allegory as relevant today as it was when Dick wrote it at the height of the Cold War.

Strange, funny, and powerful, the stories in this collection highlight a master at work, encapsulating his boundless imagination and deep understanding of the human condition.

©2017 Philip K. Dick (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, Inc, all rights reserved

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Twilight Zone with Technology

This was an alright compilation of twilight zone short stories. This kind of reminded me of a lesser through tour “Black Mirror” type genre of storied. I would recommend it to people that enjoy those types of stories with a technological bleakness.

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Essential PK Dick, great selection

I really enjoyed this short story collection of some of PK Dick's finest and weirdest or short stories. Of course, as we all know, he was a genius and predicted the anxiety and reality confusion of the modern world like no one else! Etc. etc., you've heard it all before. 

What is unique about this anthology is that it ties into the Amazon television series. Now, it is true that this series has it's highlights but it's frankly not as good as Black Mirror. But it's still solid science fiction, which should always be embraced, and it's most interesting to watch the adaptation with all their choices in rewrites, and then go to the original source material to read what else could be. 

At the same time, PK Dick's prose was sloppy here and there but that's not the point. The powerful ideas are incredible enough that these stories are worth the legendary hype of this important author. 

I particularly got a lot out of Human Is, a love story about how the alien that possesses a woman's husband is actually the good guy, and Sales Pitch which with its obsessive salesrobot is probably one of the most biting satire of consumerism you'll ever read. 

I imagine these stories will resonate for decades, if not centuries, to come. Nothing as timeless as the great Philip K. Dick!

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Liked most of the stories

If you want background to the new series on prime then its worth your while. First you must understand that the stories are not Dick's originals but other authors re-imagining his stories.

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a great Philip K dick collection of stories

I am a huge fan of Philip k. dick, you think you see the world in one way, and then you read a PKD story, and you see the world... Just a little bit differently. even though these short stories were adapted and slightly updated, the story still holds true to the original work and the message that he was trying to get across. highly recommend this to anybody who's a fan of PKD..

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I Enjoy P K

But this presentation, eck. The 1st 3 stories met and exceeded my expectations. After that downhill as the stories were/seemed bastardized renditions. Maybe better read than listened to.

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amazing

easily one I never knew i needed to read. reads this series of short stories

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great thought provoking works by one of the best <br />

As a writer and thinker he is always ahead of his time, PKD breaths life into a modern philosophical void.

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Uneven entertainment

I am a huge fan of Philip K Dick’s stories. Like any short story collection, some stories were more intriguing than others. The women in the story reflect the stereotypes of the time so there is a lot of masculine stories. The science was intriguing as well as the moral/ethical issues raised in the stories. The introductions were excellent commentary and context. But the stories do not make me want to buy a streaming service to watch the online series.

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Love the show, meh on the source material.

I must give props to the writers and directors of the anthology series for taking these rather quaint sci-fi stories and turning them into something bigger and more provocative. The basic themes of PKD's are timeless, but I never once forgot that this was written by a man in the 1950-60s. Women don't see much other than the inside of a kitchen, and in nearly every story, you will hear a woman call out something like 'dinner's ready! Don't let it get cold!', and then usually proceeds to politely nag the protagonist. Quite disappointing after the strong women created for the Prime series.

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Nice collection if you like PKD.

If you're a PKD fan, you'll like this. themes are repetative but always interesting. Not his best but entertaining. Narration left something to be desired. overall worth the purchase.