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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip K. Dick Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781469251677
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Jack Isidore doesn’t see the world like most people. According to his brother-in-law Charley, he’s a crap artist, obsessed with his own bizarre theories and ideas, which he fanatically records in his many notebooks. He is so grossly unequipped for real life that his sister and brother-in-law feel compelled to rescue him from it. But while Fay and Charley Hume put on a happy face for the world, they prove to be just as sealed off from reality, in thrall to obsessions that are slightly more acceptable than Jack’s but a great deal uglier. When they take Jack into their home, he finds himself in the middle of a maelstrom of suburban angst from which he may not be able to escape. Confessions of a Crap Artist is one of Philip K. Dick’s most accomplished novels, and the only non-science-fiction novel published in his lifetime. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A funny, horribly accurate portrait of a life in California in the Fifties.”

    Rolling Stone

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seancasio | 2/14/2014

    " a mentally challenged man is forced to live with his sister's family in 1950s california. this book is cool! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sten Ole | 1/16/2014

    " This is a non-scifi novel by the great PK Dick. I would call it some of his better work. From what I remember it looks at what really makes someone "successful" and happy in life. It's been a while. In any case, I remember really enjoying this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Degger | 1/14/2014

    " Made me laugh, even if it a bit bleak. There is no sci-fi in here apart from a crappot organisation that believes in aliens. However it is an interesting disection of complex relationships. If you have read other PK Dick, its not really about the sci fi, but what happens between people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TrumanCoyote | 1/14/2014

    " A couple problems. The Isidore guy refers to the title of the book as his own--even though the whole book isn't his (with Fay narrating some and nobody narrating the rest). A bigger concern was that his voice changed when he moved up north--and never stayed all that consistent for long. In fact, I'd guess that parts of it too were originally third person before Phil converted them (that's how it reads anyway). Think I'll stick to the sci-fi novels...oh, except I'm all done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie Zoops | 1/9/2014

    " After reading "The Galactic Pot healer" a story set on a distant planet, with amorphous water-based gods, and futurist bibles, it is relieving to be brought back to Earth, to California in the 1950s, where "Confessions of a Crap Artist" takes place. The Crap artist is Jack Isodore, an obsessive hoarder of pseudo scientific and questionable conspiracies. While already living with his deceptively controlling sister and her wealthy land owning husband, Jack is persuaded into an apocalyptic U.F.O cult. And here inside the tense and impossible relationship between His sister and her stolen marriage, Jack becomes the hopeless mediator, a scapegoat, and an intruder into an inherent corrupt bond between people who exist in a far stretch from anything near love. Unlike Philip K. Dick's signature science fiction adventures, There is nothing unreal, about "Confessions of a Crap artist, In fact it enters into the realms of things so real, that they in turn become brutal reminders of the unfortunate people who are inevitably fated by their own disasters, and who long for things that they will never quite achieve. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jon | 1/6/2014

    " Not a Sci-Fi in the generic sense. It's really just a soap opera with people you don't want to be around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff Sebesta | 12/1/2013

    " This and Scanner Darkly are probably my two favorite. Valis and Flow My Tears and the We Can Build You would be the top five. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 11/28/2013

    " the closest thing to an autobiography he wrote "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Baudelaire | 11/21/2013

    " to me this is dicks finest novel. it really saved my ass anyway. it's screwball and sick and nothing like any of his other works. def. should b classified as noir. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Raimo Wirkkala | 11/11/2013

    " Atypical of Dick's work. He, no doubt, was feeling bitter about women and this is the manifestation of that bitterness. Lacking in the humour and sci-fi elements of his classic novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tati Dengo | 11/9/2013

    " Characters were insufferable yet it that was probably the point of the story. Not my favourite PKD book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shane_finnie | 11/8/2013

    " A mental book for mental people. Mental. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 6/29/2013

    " Outstanding example of Dick's "mainstream" fiction. Bleak but with warm humor. Excellent characterization. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Levente Soós | 4/16/2013

    " Street car named desire combined with Flowers for Algernon. Masterpiece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald Crislip | 2/7/2013

    " A captivating story told from multiple perspectives, each with deep and disturbing underlying messages mixed inside a bag of humor. Just another one of P.K. Dick's later, underrated novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/30/2012

    " All the characters were unlikeable, and I thought this would be a science-fiction book, but I really enjoyed it. Parts were disturbing, parts were frustrating, and the ending left me with no piece of mind. Amazing book. "

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About the Author
Author Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) published thirty-six science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film, notably Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, winner of Audie and Earphones Awards for narration, is a stage, screen, and television actor and acting coach. He has narrated over 100 works that span a range of genres, including fiction, nonfiction, thriller, and children’s titles. His audiobook credits include works of Alan Glynn, Eric Van Lustbader, Nora Roberts and Dean Koontz. In film and television, he appeared in Caddyshack, America’s Most Wanted, and Unsolved Mysteries. He performs in regional and New York theaters and directs the New Voices acting school.