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A Scanner Darkly Audiobook

A Scanner Darkly

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Publisher's Summary

Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D, which Arctor takes in massive doses, gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

Caustically funny, eerily accurate in its depiction of junkies, scam artists, and the walking brain-dead, Philip K. Dick's industrial-grade stress test of identity is as unnerving as it is enthralling.

©1977 Philip K. Dick; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Ron 02-15-16
    Ron 02-15-16 Member Since 2010
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    loved it the book is great, and it's performance was amazing as well. it you check out the movie you will like the book.

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    Corey 06-07-15
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    "Fantastic combination of story and voice actor"

    Paul Giamatti kills it as the dystopic druggies in A Scanner Darkly, adding more meaning to the text than is written.

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    kimberly hill 05-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hilarious and triply"

    One of my favorite books in awhile and I read a lot

    Great characters with amazing reading skills together with a great writer

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    J. Gibson Wellington 03-14-15
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    "one of the best science fiction novels ever"

    listened to it a couple of times. so relevant to today despite being decades old

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    Justin United States 03-03-15
    Justin United States 03-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "not good"

    I couldn't get through this book. the reader did a great job but the story was just a jumble of drugged out nonsense.

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    paul brennan san francisco 02-08-15
    paul brennan san francisco 02-08-15

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    "Not just a look at a subculture of America"

    Dick gives us an inside look at a subculture that many don't want to ever happen to us. But beyond that there is a story of just what the human mind can overcome even if all is destroyed and lost.
    Paul's reading of the novel is by far a riveting performance that none could have matched. His voice carries you through it and the separation of characters and each of their qualities are brought forth in his reading. As a first time listener of Paul, I found that he was able to bring to life each character and it was clear who was who.

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    W. Donovan 01-15-15
    W. Donovan 01-15-15

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    "Best fiction audiobook ever"

    A Scanner Darkly is my favorite audiobook. Paul G. is a brilliant performer, and this is a masterpiece of acting that goes beyond what you would normally expect. Best PKD audiobook I've heard.

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    Kelly SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States 05-01-14
    Kelly SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2014

    Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on

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    "Good but meandering story made great by Giamatti"
    What did you love best about A Scanner Darkly?

    The paranoia and Paul Giamatti's performance.


    If you’ve listened to books by Philip K. Dick before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any Philip K Dick books before


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anything with Barris


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Arctor went to work in the farm and he was almost a vegetable himself


    Any additional comments?

    Paul Giamatti was wonderful and did an excellent job with the characterizations. I got a little frustrated with the meandering of the story. It needed to be a little tighter, but worth it.

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    Marissa Scranton, PA, United States 04-17-13
    Marissa Scranton, PA, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Trippy Look at "Reality" and Addiction"
    If you could sum up A Scanner Darkly in three words, what would they be?

    What is real?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Scanner Darkly?

    The discussion of the stolen bicycle. The guys all talk in circles about a fairly simple concept, the gears on the bike. This is later presented to Bob as evidence that Substance D has begun to deteriorate their brains.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Giamatti’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't, but based on his performance, I would suggest other books narrated by him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Surprisingly, the afterword by Philip K. Dick about the people close to him who were destroyed by drugs.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of PKD's classics. If you're a fan of his other work, then I suggest this performance by Paul Giamatti.

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    James 08-20-12
    James 08-20-12
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    "Very disturbing - tough to make it through"

    While obviously well written and well performed, the material is quite disturbing and hard to stay focused on. So much so that I finally gave up and, for the first time, have not finished listening to an Audible book. Some people might really appreciate it but it definitely won't be for many.

    The characters are well portrayed which may be part of the problem. The main narrator is going in and out of reality. The conversations that happen are often just plain annoying. Not the writing but the type of conversations that could very well be had by people whose brains are messed up due to their trip.

    One disappointment was that I was expecting science fiction, especially considering the author and the classification. This might have been considered sci fi when it was written but doesn't fit that category today. It was a look into the near future when it was written but could also have just been considered an exploration of a different sub-culture. Perhaps the ending might still categorize it as sci fi, but I ended up stopped about 3/4 of the way through it. My time is just too valuable and I unfortunately should have given up much before I did.

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