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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,224 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip K. Dick Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When catastrophic overpopulation threatens Earth, one company offers to teleport citizens to Whale’s Mouth, an allegedly pristine new home for happy and industrious émigrés. But there is one problem: the teleportation machine works in only one direction. When Rachmael ben Applebaum discovers that some of the footage of happy settlers may have been faked, he sets out on an eighteen-year journey to see if anyone wants to come back. Lies, Inc. is one of Philip K. Dick’s final novels, which he expanded from his novella The Unteleported Man shortly before his death. In its examination of totalitarianism, reality, and hallucination, it encompasses everything that Dick’s fans love about his oeuvre.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ian | 2/13/2014

    " The narrative sort of breaks down in the middle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sara Elice | 2/11/2014

    " I hate to say I really didn't like this book, but it's the honest truth. The book was written in two pieces, with the second piece being shoved into the middle two-thirds of the original and providing half the text of the book as a whole. The later addition is incredibly hard to follow, if only because it's boring to read and I found myself reading a whole paragraph just to get through it and not internalizing any of it. But also, it starts discussing things in Dick's sort of made-up drug terminology - paraworlds and the like, in a way that is never clearly defined and fairly unintelligible. The timeline is also such that it's very hard to tell what is happening in what order and what if anything is real or not for several of the characters. What is interesting, is that although there is a reference to someone being dosed with LSD, for the most part, what may or may not be hallucinations are not necessarily linked to drugs. Except with his other novel dealing with hallucinations and confusion, A Scanner Darkly, you understand why the characters are experiencing weird visions and occurrences, even if you don't understand the particulars of the visions. Here, there is no understanding of why the visions exist or why they are what they are - or who is behind it and why exactly. The existence of a garrison state meant to create supersoldiers, which seems to be the actual reality on Whale's Mouth (but I don't know, is it?) has nothing to do with this small group of people living in an enclosed space experiencing different realities...who are these few, why are they there, why should we care? It's all so irrelevant to the emotional plot of the book I just couldn't wait for it to end and for the "real" story to continue. The original story, taken without the addition is written in a much clearer style and is easier to take in and much more enjoyable to read. You actually care about the characters here. Except, that things are still shifted in timeline and it's unclear to me exactly what happened in what order - what were the causal relationships between the scenes...I wish I understood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Phil | 1/21/2014

    " PKD should have left well enough alone and not attempted to expand the "Unteleported Man", a fine novella, into a full-scale novel. But of course, Dick was pretty much stark raving mad by the time he finished this project. The expanded book is worthwhile if one is willing to gloss over chapters 8-15, which is one half of the end product. I'm not sure there is a lot to be gained by poring over the middle 100 pages of outright psychotic thought. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Keysersoze | 1/4/2014

    " The version I read has the original story (title The Unteleported Man), along with 100 pages inserted that PKD wrote after he went insane. Very disconcerting seeing the two combined that way, made me wonder what it must've been like for people who knew PKD throughout his life. "

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