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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (431 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Sheckley Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455197446
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Interstellar travel to alien worlds is too expensive for Marvin, a college student in need of a good vacation. And so he signs up for what he can afford: a mind swap, in which his consciousness is swapped into the body of an alien life-form. Unfortunately, Marvin finds himself in the body of an interstellar criminal—a body that he has to vacate, fast. But that criminal consciousness has stolen Marvin’s earthly body. Now Marvin has to find a body on the black market just to stay alive! Travel with Marvin from world to world, each one crazier than the last, as he keeps finding far-from-ideal bodies in awful situations.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s nothing so joyous in science fiction as a Golden Age chestnut, and Mindswap delivers with gusto. Narrator Tom Weiner shares that gusto as he portrays alien dialects, futuristic slang, and interplanetary adventure…Weiner’s delivery is perfectly apropos. Listening to this audiobook is just plain fun.”

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  • “If you’ve never experienced Sheckley’s particular take on the absurdity of reality and life in it, Mindswap, one of his most consistently funny books, is a perfect place to start.”

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  • “Sheckley, whose mind is never at a loss, finds plenty of opportunity for his ready wit and comes up with a comic space opera.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 2/1/2014

    " I read this when I was a teenager and loved it. Thought-provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 1/20/2014

    " My favorite scifi author. Often copied and stolen from (Hitchhiker's Guide is a good example of denied theft. Don't believe it? Read "Dimensions of Miracles"). Huge concepts taken care of in a paragraph at most. Very readable writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frank Taranto | 1/18/2014

    " Sheckley's drug trip through the galaxy by swapping minds with other creatures. Most of the humor didn't work for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Goldin | 1/13/2014

    " One of the funniest books I've ever read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/27/2013

    " A trip into space that was supposed to be mind blowing but was actually rather forced. Instead of being confusing(mind blowing) because of what was happening, it was confusing(mind blowing) because the author failed to mention things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen Connolly | 12/19/2013

    " One of my favourite books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cydney | 12/16/2013

    " incredibly stupid "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 12/15/2013

    " I liked this until about the two-thirds mark, when Sheckley made a determined effort to disappear up his own ass. People who know his canon better than I say he's at his best with short stories, and I'll be glad to give those a shot, but this one wound up being a letdown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.D. Backes | 11/19/2013

    " Douglas Adams once told me that Sheckley was his favorite science fiction humorist. Mine, too. Hilarious tale of interstellar comedic mishaps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Flower | 9/14/2013

    " Mindfucking, as everything he wrote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich Brown | 7/2/2013

    " Man, I wanted to like this. But it's more of that 60s psychedelic stuff that just doesn't work on me, even if it was influential to DNA and Hitchhiker's Guide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dangermousie | 7/14/2012

    " This is one of the most insane, gonzo, hilarious, creative books out there. Don't expect a linear narrative but expect a lot of fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marva | 5/20/2012

    " I've read this book three or four times. It still holds up as funny and acerbic. I keep seeing phrases and sections that'd I'd plagiarize if I thought I could get away with it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colin | 5/8/2012

    " I really should have stopped reading this sooner, but trudged on to the end anyway. Overly flowery language for a large portion and the dialog stinks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skip Knox | 2/25/2012

    " This is a great romp, as are many of Sheckley's works. It deserves a special place, though, because it is the source for the Theory of Searches, a theory I have used innumerable times while out shopping with my wife. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/25/2011

    " I was put off right from the start with the terrible languages. And bad dialogue. But it gets 2 stars instead of 1 star because I liked the idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 11/8/2011

    " Went very crazy and surreal in the last third! I enjoyed the first part more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik Graff | 9/8/2011

    " Typically quirky Sheckley science fiction novel. Note the similarity to Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 5/5/2011

    " My favorite scifi author. Often copied and stolen from (Hitchhiker's Guide is a good example of denied theft. Don't believe it? Read "Dimensions of Miracles"). Huge concepts taken care of in a paragraph at most. Very readable writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 12/19/2010

    " One of the funniest books I've ever read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frank | 1/11/2010

    " Sheckley's drug trip through the galaxy by swapping minds with other creatures. Most of the humor didn't work for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 3/20/2009

    " I liked this until about the two-thirds mark, when Sheckley made a determined effort to disappear up his own ass. People who know his canon better than I say he's at his best with short stories, and I'll be glad to give those a shot, but this one wound up being a letdown. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marva | 2/15/2009

    " I've read this book three or four times. It still holds up as funny and acerbic. I keep seeing phrases and sections that'd I'd plagiarize if I thought I could get away with it.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/8/2009

    " I was put off right from the start with the terrible languages. And bad dialogue. But it gets 2 stars instead of 1 star because I liked the idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.D. | 11/10/2008

    " Douglas Adams once told me that Sheckley was his favorite science fiction humorist. Mine, too. Hilarious tale of interstellar comedic mishaps. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 10/24/2008

    " Typically quirky Sheckley science fiction novel. Note the similarity to Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? "

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About the Author
Author Robert Sheckley

Robert Sheckley (1928–2005) was a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated American author. First published in the science fiction magazines of the 1950s, his numerous, quick-witted stories and novels were famously unpredictable, absurdist, and broadly comical. In 2001 he was named an Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is the winner of eight Earphones Awards and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.