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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,608 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip K. Dick Narrator: Patrick Lawlo Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Counter-Clock World, time has begun moving backward. People greet each other with “goodbye,” blow smoke into cigarettes, and rise from the dead. When one of those rising dead is the famous and powerful prophet Anarch Peak, a number of groups start a mad scramble to find him first—but their motives are not exactly benevolent because Anarch Peak may just be worth more dead than alive, and these groups will do whatever they must to send him back to the grave.

What would you do if your long-dead relatives started coming back? Who would take care of them? And what if they preferred being dead? In Counter-Clock World, one of Dick’s most theological and philosophical novels, these troubling questions are addressed; though, as always, you may have to figure out the answers yourself.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aris | 2/4/2014

    " Another solid effort by Dick. The oddest thing about this book is that it everything is so normal, until you really try and wrap your head around someone un-smoking a cigarette. In that moment, you realize that Dick has left so much unsaid, for you to get lost in on your own time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stephen | 2/3/2014

    " I guess main problem with the novel is that PKD didn't go all the way with this one, and he certainly could have. Human daily life is starting to run backwards, but not consistantly or uniformly. Existing ideas will disappear in time, but not if they are written down and preserved in a library -- huh? Unpregnant women have to have sex with ANY man so as to be able to meet a post-determined pregnancy deadline -- did PKD never hear of DNA? At the heart of the novel is a question of what to do with deceased religious figures who come back to the living world -- will they be shown to be authentic heralds of the view of the afterlife they advocated while alive, or once they return from the real afterlife will they admit to the falsehoods during their first life? The prose ain't bad, but the novel itself is weak. A few interesting ideas, but they are just unpursued strands. I think even PKD would give this one a 2/5 star rating "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Fiona Robson | 1/31/2014

    " It's so long since I've read it, I can't remember that much. Remember enjoying the idea of being born backward. People rising from the dead and living life backwards until they were a baby again. Crazy stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nicholas Mariner | 1/30/2014

    " In the future, time begins moving backwards, so everything is reversed. You are born in the grave and regress to being a baby where you are implanted in a woman until you become a zygote. Libraries, rather than altruistic public information sharers are fascist eradicators of knowledge. And if that's not bizarre enough, instead of saying hello when you answer a phone, you say goodbye. Yeah, it gets even weirder. Just read it. "

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