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Publisher's Summary

The Collected Works of Philip K. Dick is a collection of 11 science fiction stories by Philip K. Dick. Included in this audiobook:

  • 1. "Beyond Lies the Wub"
  • 2. "Beyond the Door"
  • 3. "Mr. Spaceship"
  • 4. "Piper in the Woods"
  • 5. "Second Variety"
  • 6. "The Crystal Crypt"
  • 7. "The Defenders"
  • 8. "The Eyes Have It"
  • 9. "The Gun"
  • 10. "The Skull"
  • 11. "The Variable Man"
©2012 BookDar Publishing (P)2012 BookDar Publishing

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Good Stories...well read.

Where does The Collected Works of Philip K. Dick: 11 Science Fiction Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wow. Hard to believe one reviewer and I were listening to the same book. I thought the stories were excellent and the reader did a very good job. One of the best audiobooks I've heard.

What did you like best about this story?

The variety of stories.

What about Kevin Killavey’s performance did you like?

Great job with the many voices.

Any additional comments?

To each his own I guess but hard to see how someone could pan a book like this.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Good enough tales, hard to listen to.

Serms to me that Phillip K Dick does better work on longer stories. Some of his characters made me cringe with how stupid they were. However, as a fan of the author and genre, you should read these stories.

And I do mean read. My main issue with this product is the reader. During most of the book I was instinctively sniffing. The reader sounds so stuffed up during some sections that I hoped he would stop and blow his nose. Overall an unpleasant thing to listen to.

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Not His Best Work But Worthy

These short stories were fun to listen to as well as being solidly in the realm of good SyFy. Anyone listening to them will enjoy most, if not all, of them. Normally, I'm prepared to experience either mediocre or the worst when I purchase either Collected Works or multiple author short stories packages. I'm pleased to say that was not one of those times.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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2nd Variety is a standout. Better than Screamers<br />

Great stories revelent today. Funny in every story he assumes video phones will be the big communication device of the future.

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  • NRP
  • San Antonio, TX
  • 07-11-18

Great stories, but not his full collection

Several of Philip K. Dick's stories have been turned into movies or TV shows. I really wanted to read the stories that were the basis for what I've watched, but stories like Minority Report were not included. However, I watched "The Second Kind" this past weekend, which I didn't even know was made into a movie until I started watching it and recognized the story. I will look for more of his collections or novel. He has a fascinating mind and very interesting stories.

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never a fan Boi but...

a trip through time and space, writing that will no doubt will by far out live us...

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Stories are awesome, narration not so much

Would you try another book from Philip K. Dick and/or Kevin Killavey?

I would absolutely listen to more Philip K. Dick books. As for listening to Kevin Killavey again, I would have to pass. his voice is nice enough but he has that "I have way too much saliva in my mouth" sound. His S's sound like "TTTHHHHHH" It's kind of gross.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Collected Works of Philip K. Dick: 11 Science Fiction Stories?

I don't think it's so much there was a memorable story that stood out. All of them are memorable. The thing I found fascinating is how many modern stories have been taken from one single short story and then some. You can see the roots of Terminator, Battlestar Galactica and an unblushing "borrowing" on Spielberg's part to "inspire" his film AI ei: David and his teddy bear.

What didn’t you like about Kevin Killavey’s performance?

He has a nice voice, but he sounds like he's drowning in his own saliva most of the time.

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  • brandon
  • CONCORD, CA, United States
  • 06-29-13

Not to Par with Dick's later works

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kevin Killavey?

Killavey needs to step up his game if he is serious about a career in narration. He lacks the gravitas of someone like Tom Weiner whose narrated several of Dick's book. There were minor inconsistencies in the different voices he used. The overall audio quality was below standard as well. The audio all sounded like it had a dull reverb on it or maybe that it was a copy of a copy.

Any additional comments?

There were a couple of gems in this collection. Mainly the first and last of the 11 stories approached the level of some of his better known works. Hearing the collection gives you some insight as to his obsession with certain themes like space exploration and post-apocalyptic Earth. I would give recommend this collection only to die-hard Dick-heads who have already went through all his better known works.

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Not worth your time

What disappointed you about The Collected Works of Philip K. Dick: 11 Science Fiction Stories?

There are few positive things to be said about this audio book.

First, the narrator says everything in the same rushed tone. The different voices he uses are laughably bad. There is very little silence between books (to be fair, I believe that's more of the producers' fault than anything). You may be listening to the end of one story and in the next breath he's on to the next.

Second, the stories are just terrible. Very little actual storytelling, very little "visuals" or descriptions, and everything has a twist ending that you can see coming a mile off. The stories are a bad combination of 50's science fiction schlock and poorly thought-out Twilight Zone episodes.

Third, the audio quality is terrible. There is a high pitched squeal throughout and even other noises (beeping? voices?). I would expect this sort of poor quality from something ripped from cassette and posted on a bittorrent site, not from Audible.

All in all, I didn't finish "reading" this book. In fact, I gave up about 5 hours in. I'll be returning it to Audible.

Would you ever listen to anything by Philip K. Dick again?

Yes, but not these stories.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin Killavey’s performances?

Probably not.

3 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • Jamie
  • 08-18-13

Cracking little stories

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Definitely. Some of the stories were better than others but there was plenty of stories and some of them were pretty short so definitely got your money's worth.

Would you be willing to try another book from Philip K. Dick? Why or why not?

Yes, he's written some of the best sci-fi stories ever.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful