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3.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 5 3.31 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip K. Dick Narrator: Keir Dullea Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2003 ISBN:
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Electronic mechanic Jennings wakes up with no memory of the past two years of his life, except that he had agreed to work for Retherick Construction. Payment for his services, now completed, is a bag of seemingly worthless objects: a code key, a ticket stub, a receipt, a length of wire, half a poker chip, a piece of green cloth, and a bus token. But when he is confronted by the Special Police, who seem to be investigating Retherick for their own reasons, Jennings finds himself running for his life, realizing that the worthless objects are the key to unlocking his recent past, and ensuring that he has a future. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carl | 2/13/2014

    " I enjoy the early sci-fi 50's-ish conservative feel. Also the twist driven. And it is PKD. But there are plenty of volumes of his short stories and this contains his earliest. I'd reach a little farther down the isle and pick up later short stories had I the choice to make again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/9/2014

    " Fun, classic sf short stories. It's amazing how much they reveal the culture of the day (there's one about a Nanny robot who takes care of kids, and the mom still stays home all day). There's a lot of great ideas here, and some interesting reccurring themes, like insect world dominance, perilous creatures that seem harmless, the perils of time travel, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 2/8/2014

    " I didn't realize from the cover blurb that this was a collection of short stories. I'm not really a huge fan of shorts, they tend to end too abruptly. But these were ok and brought up some interesting ideas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joem | 2/5/2014

    " I wanted to like this more. I really did like some of the stories, but too many of them felt like they were just mediocre sci-fi leading up to an obvious twist at the end. Some of the twists weren't so obvious, but then those stories were disappointing too. In the end, it was OK, but I wish my first PKD that I read was something better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 1/29/2014

    " there's a few creepy little stories in here, like the "father thing". chills... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/27/2014

    " I really like Phillip Dick, he's definately (IMHO) one of the best sci-fi writers ever. Of course, this book is a collection of short stories so invariably you will have some that you like better than others. My favorite stories were "Paycheck," "The Variable Man," "The Skull," and "The Infinities." "The Indefatigable Frog" was very clever, but "Out in the Garden" just gave me the creeps. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gill | 1/19/2014

    " A very mixed bag, from engaging and interesting to boring and dreary. I'm not a great fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angella | 1/16/2014

    " Good short stories always leave me wanting more, minus a star for my frustration. His stories are so well constructed I love the ending is not predictable and also not miserable. He always leaves the reader w/ hope for the future of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/13/2014

    " Some excellent stories. Some, only ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Earl | 1/11/2014

    " Phillip K. Dick is a must read for sci-fi fans; one of the originators and masters of the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tree | 1/10/2014

    " I read this before viewing the movie. This was a really good story. Keeps you on your toes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Randall | 1/6/2014

    " A lot of PKD's stuff is really far out and this title is no exception, it just makes a little more sense than most of the psychedelic stuff of his I've read before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/31/2013

    " Philip K. Dick is classic scifi at its best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethnoir | 12/12/2013

    " extremely good collection of short stories, thought provoking, even shocking at times. No one like him. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caleb | 12/9/2013

    " I quit on this book which is predominantly a collection of trashy PKD stories published in sci fi rags. Having read a number of amazing PKD novels, this collection seems to be way below his ability in terms of sophistication, both of in terms of prose and thematic complexity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 6/29/2013

    " I bought this book thinking it was a novel but was very disappointed when I realized it was actually a short novel (VERY short, 40 pages) and I've never like short novels... I really liked the plot line though and enjoyed the story very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika Peluso | 6/17/2013

    " I love Philip K Dick! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh-ann | 4/9/2013

    " I find Philip Dick's short stories absolutely riveting and addictive, so was thrilled to discover that all the stories in this thick anthology were new to me (with the exception of title story, "Paycheck"). This was a great book, and I'll be adding it to my "Books I Want to Own" category. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacinda | 12/22/2012

    " Reading this really is more like reading poetry than reading a science fiction novel. You have to stop and let each story roll around in your mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 12/21/2012

    " I had a lot of fun reading the stories, most holding up quite well. There are definitely a few that will revisit from time to time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/17/2012

    " Too funny! Didn't realize this was a collection of short stories and was wondering how the different parts would eventually come together. Figured out the truth on chapter 5 - duh! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 7/9/2012

    " This collection of short stories from PKD shows the beginning explorations of themes that would later form the core of his work - themes of identity, time travel, and the humanity/inhumanity of objects and robots. It is a fantastic look into a strange mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chase | 5/7/2012

    " I just started this book and my favorite short story so far is The Skull and The Gun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vineet | 10/9/2011

    " Really fascinating how - as is typical of Philip K. Dick's writing - the stories are so relevant in today and tomorrow's context, even though written over five decades ago. Brilliant stuff. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alvi | 8/18/2011

    " can't believe this is the same Philip K. Dick who wrote a scanner darkly or ubik. The stories are uninspired, flat and boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 3/26/2011

    " I didn't realize from the cover blurb that this was a collection of short stories. I'm not really a huge fan of shorts, they tend to end too abruptly. But these were ok and brought up some interesting ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Earl | 2/1/2011

    " Phillip K. Dick is a must read for sci-fi fans; one of the originators and masters of the genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 1/12/2011

    " I love Philip K Dick! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 12/7/2010

    " This collection of short stories from PKD shows the beginning explorations of themes that would later form the core of his work - themes of identity, time travel, and the humanity/inhumanity of objects and robots. It is a fantastic look into a strange mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carl | 8/15/2010

    " I enjoy the early sci-fi 50's-ish conservative feel. Also the twist driven. And it is PKD. But there are plenty of volumes of his short stories and this contains his earliest. I'd reach a little farther down the isle and pick up later short stories had I the choice to make again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/11/2010

    " Some excellent stories. Some, only ok. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 M and G | 8/21/2009

    " A very mixed bag, from engaging and interesting to boring and dreary. I'm not a great fan. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caleb | 8/18/2009

    " I quit on this book which is predominantly a collection of trashy PKD stories published in sci fi rags. Having read a number of amazing PKD novels, this collection seems to be way below his ability in terms of sophistication, both of in terms of prose and thematic complexity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 7/25/2009

    " Philip K. Dick is classic scifi at its best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/9/2009

    " Too funny! Didn't realize this was a collection of short stories and was wondering how the different parts would eventually come together. Figured out the truth on chapter 5 - duh! "

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Author Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) was a writer of extraordinary vision and imagination whose works reflected a strong interest in metaphysics, theology, and speculative politics. In his work, the individual is often pitted against authoritarian governments or monopolistic corporations. He also drew from his own experiences of altered states, paranoia, and mystical reveries. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in the Library of America series. In addition to his dozens of published novels, he wrote over 120 short stories, many of which appeared in science fiction magazines. At least eight of his stories have been adapted for film.