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Volume II: Adjustment Team

Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. His many stories and novels, which include such classics as The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, reflect a deeply personal world view, exploring the fragile, multifarious nature of reality itself and examining those elements that make us - or fail to make us - fully human. He did as much as anyone to demolish the artificial barrier between genre fiction and "literature," and the best of his work has earned a permanent place in American popular culture.

Adjustment Team is the second installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. This wide-ranging collection contains 26 stories and novellas from the extraordinarily productive years of 1952 and 1953, along with extensive story notes. Included here are "The Cookie Lady," an account of a young boy whose relationship with a lonely widow results in a bizarre act of transformation, Second Variety (filmed in 1995 as Screamers), a novella that powerfully evokes a post-apocalyptic society overrun by all-too-human looking robots known as "Claws," and the title story, in which a small accident of timing leads real estate salesman Ed Fletcher to an unexpected confrontation with the malleable nature of a once familiar world. Like its predecessor, The King of the Elves, this new volume offers both an astonishing variety of narrative pleasures and a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of a major American artist.

©2011 Laura Leslie, Isa Dick Hackett, and Christopher Dick (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Another awesome volume! Loved it!

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1. The Cookie Lady (1953)
2. Beyond the Door (1954)
3. Second Variety (1953)
4. Jon's World (1954)
5. The Cosmic Poachers (1953)
6. Progeny (1954)
7. Some Kinds of Love (1953)
8. Martians Come in Clouds (1953)
9. The Commuter (1953)
10. The World She Wanted (1953)
11. A Surface Raid (1955), part 1
12. A Surface Raid (1955), part 2
13. Project: Earth (1953)
14. The Trouble with Bubbles (1953)
15. Breakfast at Twilight (1954)
16. A Present for Pat (1954)
17. The Hood Maker (1954)
18. Of Withered Apples (1954)
19. Human Is (1955)
20. Adjustment Team (1954)
21. The Impossible Planet (1953)
22. Impostor (1953)
23. James P. Crow (1954)
24. Planet for Transients (1953)
25. Small Town (1954)
26. Souvenir (1954)
27. Survey Team (1954)
28. Prominent Author (1954)
29. Notes, part 1
30. Notes, part 2

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More PKD

Another great entry in this series. A solid recommendation for any PKD fan. Also includes many insights into the author's thoughts.

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Amazing stories

Jewel to listen too
Not one mediocre story told by an amazing storyteller, he elevates the stories and add amazing humor into the stories.
Way ahead of its time- still ahead now
Got classic stories- you cant be a sci fi fan without having listened to these stories
Enjoyed every minute of it

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Great Stuff

Great stuff. Some really great short stories. Terra fascinating. This is a great listen. I listened while driving for work. Enjoy!

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  • 04-08-19

Wow - Buy this book!

Having enjoyed the first volume of the PKD collection, I was optimistic about this one. Imagine my horror, when my wife seemingly minutes later, tore my earbuds from my head foot tapping with a sour grimace on her face.

"Have you been up all night? " Uh oh, I thought to myself. "That's impossible, its only been a few... I just started a little while.." I said, realizing the truth of her words before the last words left my mouth.

The stories are great, the narration more then acceptable. Just be sure to set the timer lest your significant other find you the next day, listening and speaking in theatrical prose.

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Always good

If you are a fan of PKD stories you will definitely not be disappointed by this volume.

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Doesn’t stand the test of time

Besides the writing style, choice of words and the social situations of the times, the SciFi doesn’t really stand the test of time. I found it difficult to immerse myself in the stories as a result. Even when I would finally start getting into it, I would get jolted out to reality when even the robots were smoking cigarettes.

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  • 08-05-17

A mixed bag

I loved The Second Variety and The trouble with Bubbles, but there was a definite pattern too many of the stories