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It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan. This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to awake.
I watched the pilot on Amazon and then picked up the book. Interesting premise but was difficult to always comprehend his steam of thought. The audio book made it much easier for me to enjoy.
I probably need to listen again to try and catch more. Book is a different direction from the TV show... But enjoyed it. Would recommend... Just realize that this isn't your typical novel...
50 of 54 people found this review helpful
The Man in the High Castle is PK Dick's 1962 Hugo award winning novel of an alternate history where the US has lost WWII. In this vision, due to the assassination of FDR in his fist term, the subsequent US president fails to prepare the nation for war with a quick defeat after Pearl Harbor and the fall of England due to lack of US support. The country is divided between the Japanese controlling the west coast to the Rockies, while Germany controls the East with the Rocky Mountain region somewhat murky. Germany dominates science and has made it to Mars and Venus, while they continue to move across the globe with ethnic cleansing. The story centers around several characters barely surviving, including introspective Japanese. Most intriguing is a story within a story concept from which the title is derived, referring to the mysterious author of another alternate history where the US has won the war.
The sci-fi elements are minimal especially given the span of time, although for 1962, colonization of Mars and Venus was probably novel with the US Mercury and Gemini space missions barely getting into orbit. The focus is mainly on how the various characters respond to their situations, while at the same time describing a more macabre, hopeless world. At the same time, Dick contrasts the Japan and Germany styles of conquest which differ greatly. Dick also was quite prescient in his notions of evolving social mores.
The narration is superb with an excellent range of voices and solid pacing. Don't expect some climatic revolution at the end to reset history. This is a tale of "what if" and Dick provide a compelling, credible, and engaging alternative version.
65 of 71 people found this review helpful
I've listened to dozens of books on Audible, and this performance is the worst. I wish I could rate the performance zero stars. It seems the reader has never actually heard a Japanese, Jewish, or German person speak. They all sound like caricatures. Stereotypes. It's almost offensive. Each Japanese character sounds like a buck-toothed 1940s US propaganda cartoon. The main Jewish character sounds like the unholy offspring of Jackie Mason and Yogi the Bear. The main female character sounds like a Kids in the Hall sketch. I could barely pay attention to the story. Terrible.
78 of 92 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
Story was very good and engaging. Narrator does the worst accents I've heard in a long time . Germans sound more English, Italians sound Russian. Very distracting for me
30 of 35 people found this review helpful
Philip K. Dick's Man in the High Castle is a classic. An unflinching alternate history with science fiction sprinkled liberally throughout the background (space colonization, 45 minute rocket flights from Northern Europe to San Francisco, and an intriguing passing mention of the damming and draining of the Mediterranean to gain massive amounts of land are three spoiler-free examples). For those who have found themselves here via Amazon's mini-series: The book and show are different entities with different foci. You will find the book to have different character priorities - I would urge you, despite this, to enjoy both the novel and the series as different approaches to the same rough story. I will say no more about the book - there's a reason it's a classic and should be read. I cannot, however, recommend this audiobook of it.
The narrator, quite simply, ruins it. Dick's work was published in 1963 and is deliberately harsh in its language, especially when it comes to race - he was making a point. But the racial and national slurs that pervade the work seem tame compared to the outrageously stereotype accents used by the narrator. The Japanese voices would be at home in Second World War Warner Brothers' cartoon propaganda, the Germans are right out of 'Allo 'Allo or Dad's Army, and one of the main protagonists' Jewish ancestry and faith is demonstrated by a straight out of central casting "Jewish New Yorker" so bad it would make Jackie Mason and Woody Allen wince in pain (which makes no sense as Dick plainly states the character has gone out of his way to hide his background for safety reasons). Read the book or find another recording, but avoid this version (and this narrator) if you want anything other than painful stereotypes.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
I've listened to the first two chapters and I can't continue. Instead of listening to the story, I can only think about how much I dislike the voice actor.
57 of 70 people found this review helpful
The author never really finished this book. After a while, it's seem to lose focus and he never really tied the story together fully. The television series is actually much better.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
There is no real story here. The whole book seems like a series of people practicing the I Ching and the Oracle. No one, civilian or government, seems to be able to make a decision without throwing sticks and ruminating about it for an hour. You can't run a government based on how a bunch of thrown sticks lands. You'd never get anything done. It's slow, slow, slow and, in the end, goes nowhere.
Which character – as performed by Jeff Cummings – was your favorite?
None of them. Cummings' characterizations of each character is equally bad in literary quality. This may be the nature of the material, but his vocalization make the characters seem like unrepentant. malignant racists. This may have been Dick's intention. If so, he succeeded brilliantly.
Do you think The Man in the High Castle needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
After he re-writes the first book so it is more than a recitation of how people use the I Ching, it would be nice to have another book with a story that has nothing about the I Ching, tells an actual story with a real arc and explains what the point, to the first book was. So, I guess the book could just be re-written with an actual story..
Any additional comments?
At times, "reversed" history necessitate suspension of belief. This one requires complete suspension of 'reality.' Probably the most unique characteristics of Americans are individualism and/or individual exceptionalism. All of the Americans in this book have ditched theirs' and become robots to to a numerically smaller power that can't make a decision without consulting a bunch of sticks thrown on the ground, followed ruminating over them for an hour. Americans wouldn’t lose that attitude in 20 years or a 100 years, there would always be massive insurgencies against occupying powers by the people who still feel this way. Hitler was, essentially, a manic-depressive, delusional person with active hallucinations; governing on the manic-depressive/psychotic role didn't work in the reich and it wouldn’t have worked other places, particularly among an armed (and getting better armed constantly) and educated populace. Hirohito was against the war at the end, not for it. There could be no 'rocket ships' in 1960, because the microprocessor won’t be invented for 11 years. No matter who's running the country, it's still 25+ million miles to Venus and would take, even a constant boost rocket, decades to get there +/- because they'd have to do the navigation by hand. Draining the Mediterranean for crop land would have been an extinction level event for the human race-not only would would the land be only very marginally arable, it would use huge amonts of energy just to keep it pumped out; shifting of that much water would have caused changes in sealevel nearly everywhere; and the effect on the weather would probably lead to the extinction of the majority of the human race. (Well, maybe not the ones on the 30 year long ride to Venus being guided by Cap’n Jack Sparrow with his trusty sextant.)
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
This book was an interesting look at an alternative history. While most people who write these sorts of books focus on the flow of major historical events to the detriment of individual characters, this book explores the lives of its protagonists to the detriment of the overall flow of major events. Still, it was an interesting and absorbing read.
14 of 19 people found this review helpful
What would have made The Man in the High Castle better?
A better ending. This book would be a great first of a series, but it just ended all the sudden. One story line just ended and the others had no ending. I thought the book didn't download properly because all the sudden it was "The End"
Have you listened to any of Jeff Cummings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The story was very interesting. There was an author within the book who wrote a book and that was an interesting plot.
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
So, we have all seen the thrilling trailers for the Prime Series and we want to get a jump on it and listen to the book.Great marketing from Amazon as we will watch the series and get the book. Win win for them.
My advice is don't bother with the book. I've not seen the series but it can't be worse than the book. The trailers alone seem more interesting.
Other than the alternate history slant there is nothing else to this book, the characters are dull and undeveloped and there is barely a story line until the last 2 hours. The author just seems to be using the characters as a vehicle to describe his alternate world and it just makes the whole experience confusing and dull.
The best way I can describe it is like watching two grand-masters play chess. You are watching the chess pieces going about the board with no emotional attachment to them or no idea what on earth their significance is to the over all match. Until BAM! A grand master says 'Check' and you snap out of your lethargy and realise something has happened and you're wondering what it was and what it's significance is. You're then left watching the chase as the grand master goes to finish the match, but you still don't care about the pieces and you're still none the wise as to what the hell is going on.
The narration wasn't the best either, can't put my finger on it but for me it wasn't working.
All in all, the only reason the majority of us is reading this book is because of the series. Not because it is well written and interesting.
35 of 38 people found this review helpful
'The Man In The High Castle' is probably Philip K. Dick's second best-known novel (after 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?', which inspired Blade Runner), and the inspiration of a lusciously-produced Amazon series, just about to go into its second season.
As with much of Dick's work, the premise is better than the execution: the Axis has won WWII and has divided up the United States, the Japanese occupying everything west of the Rockies, the Nazis the East Coast and most of the Midwest, with a notionally neutral buffer zone in between.
The novel is very different to the TV series, which takes the book as inspiration rather than following the rambling, ultimately unsatisfying plot and deals much better with character than does the book.
This audiobook, then, acts as an interesting companion volume to the TV series, or a quirky solo 'read'. The focus of the book is much less on the characters, and much more on the Chinese philosophy which links them all (Taoism), which adds dimension to what might otherwise be a rich but essentially political drama. As with every Dick novel, it loses energy, cohesion and sense as it moves towards anti-climax, so don't expect a big payoff.
Narration is decent, though female characters all sound alike and rather breathy and insubstantial (having said that, female characters rarely figure greatly in Dick's novels, so there is nothing much lost).
Not a bad buy, and if you've seen the Amazon series, definitely worth it. If you haven't seen the Amazon series, get yourself a Firestick now!!!
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
The story had so much promise, how could it not with such a rich imaginative topic.
However, it ends so abruptly so as to ruin the run up to it, making all that happened before a non-event. Have I missed something?
The narrator does a good job of the voices but the decision to portray Julianna as a simpering weak voice fool made listening to her role difficult and not caring what happens to her.
Shame it missed the mark sadly, for me.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
Despite a very promising idea, this was dry, dull and totally lacked any kind of interesting story. TV adaptations nearly always disappoint. I think it is impossible for the TV show to be worse than this. I shall certainly not be delving into any other of this guy's work.
18 of 21 people found this review helpful
Having been recommended this by a friend who's then girlfriend was setting off to Canada to film the Amazon series I wanted to give this book a go. What I found was a confusingly difficult world to get into. I found the characters hard to follow and remember and struggled every time I went back into this story. I so wanted to like this but ultimately did not.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful
I made the mistake of purchasing this without sampling first, hoping to get through the original story before watching the Amazon TV dramatization. I've only managed to get about an hour in as I cannot stand the narrator. His attempt at voices is laughable, and most of them come out sounding like you little brother mocking someone. It's a real shame as the story has so far been intriguing, but I think I'm going to have to stick to the TV version.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Not sure who would enjoy this book as it's disappointing on so many levels.
Has The Man in the High Castle put you off other books in this genre?
No, as I thought I would enjoy it as I like this genre.
What aspect of Jeff Cummings’s performance might you have changed?
Nothing. Narration was good.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
Could have been so much better. But seemed to build characters who just seemed to disappear in the book. Strange ending and too many loose ends.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The setting of the 'story' is very interesting and certainly what attracted me. However nothing happens in this book. Nothing. You think it is building to something then that part of the plot just finishes. It happens over and over again and the ending is the most disappointing thing about the book.
Also the narrator does some very poor voice work. The female character and the oriental characters are particularly bad.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
Enjoying the story but the narrator reads all female characters like they're ditzes, even though they're not written that way. It's irritating and jars with the intelligent ideas the female characters often express.
11 of 14 people found this review helpful
Very unusually for me I have given up on this after 7 hours. I was interested having seen the trailers for the TV show to read the original
story as so often it is better than on screen, not this time! Great idea dull dull dull in the execution. Watch the series and read something else - wish I had!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Loved it. Great narration. Fascinating plot. The character's different voices were beautifully done. One of the main titles in the alternative history genre.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful