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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,645 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip K. Dick Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781455194803
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Philip K. Dick’s impassioned final novel is a wild and visionary alternate history of the United States. It is 1969, and a paranoid president has convulsed America in a vicious war against imaginary internal enemies. As the country slides into fascism, a struggling science fiction writer named Philip K. Dick is trying to keep from becoming one of that war’s casualties. Meanwhile, Dick’s best friend, a record executive named Nicholas Brady, is receiving transmissions from a God-like extraterrestrial intelligence, which he dubs Valis, who apparently wants him to overthrow the president.

Agonizingly suspenseful, darkly hilarious, and filled with enough conspiracy theories to thrill the most hardened paranoid, Radio Free Albemuth is proof of Dick’s stature as our century’s greatest science-fiction writer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dick is entertaining us about…reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation…[He is] our own homegrown Borges.”

    Ursula K. LeGuin, New Republic

  • “A brilliant, idiosyncratic, formidably intelligent writer. Dick illuminates. He casts light. He gives off radiance.”

    Washington Post

  • “An intense, often very moving book…touching on all the major Philip K. Dick themes.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “An engrossing, non-stop excursion into a believable vision of Hell.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/18/2014

    " Didn't really like the plot, but PKD writes like his usual self, a very noir, harboiled style which I seem to can't get enough of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Wyatt | 2/8/2014

    " way better than Valis. same basic novel but with a much better hands on approach to the subject. possibly an awesome movie. "

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

    " 2.5 / 5 Decent story, not Dick's strongest work. Would recommend to a PKD fan, but not someone being introduced to the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aara | 1/31/2014

    " Feel like I should read more of his wotk before passing judgement. I know this in one of his "odder" works. Gets heavy on the religious parallels in the end... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 1/24/2014

    " I feel like I must've missed something - but my friend read it too and didn't get anything out of it either. Otoh, it's Dick - so if you're a fan of his work ya gotta check it out, eh? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth | 1/24/2014

    " Well...this one is fairly different from Dick's other works, in some ways. It's less of a science fiction novel and more of an autobiographical one, which made it vaguely uncomfortable to read, like watching someone go crazy. Dick places himself as a character in this novel, as the narrator and friend of the main character, but the main character undergoes the experiences that Dick himself reported as happening to him. Apart from that, however, the book is decent...there is a fair bit of social commentary that is still applicable today, although some of it goes quite a bit farther than anything happening today. Additionally, the ending was perhaps a bit happier (and sappier) than some of Dick's other works and, although there was something of a twist, it was by no means equal to what he is capable of. I would say this book is only for Dick fans who don't mind the crazy Gnosticism of his later life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 voigtkampff | 1/20/2014

    " His last, full of extra paranoia, and some authorial self-insertion to boot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy | 1/9/2014

    " The often missed, posthumously published 4th novel of the Valis series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/8/2014

    " Dick's first effort at explaining his mystical experiences of 1974. Some ideas were later re-worked to produce VALIS. It verges on a conspiracy novel at times. Lacking in the comic elements of VALIS, but still a very enjoyable read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Hays | 12/29/2013

    " For those familiar, this comes off as a better constructed version of VALIS. The characters and the story come off as a little less flaky and the analogies to Christianity are better fleshed out. The grimly optimistic ending says a great deal about how Dick himself has developed as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leigh-ann | 11/12/2013

    " This should have been a great book, and the first part of it was wonderful (4 stars). Unfortunately, I much prefer PDK when the "entity" out in space is just an alien race and not the voice of God. The religious themes in so many of his later books really ruined the stories for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 10/10/2013

    " very, very strange is all I can say "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 9/1/2013

    " My favorite PKD. This book shows just how nuts this guy was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kammy | 8/25/2013

    " Very interesting, but not as good as Dr. Bloodmoney. I try to occasionally read some Philip K. Dick to expand my universe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 7/28/2013

    " This seems like almost the same story as Valis, except different characters. Not one of my favorite books, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 5/15/2013

    " It's kind of like "1984" if Kurt Vonnegut re-wrote it but with Christianity, anti-Nixon sentiment and LP's mixed in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blue Dogstar | 10/30/2012

    " Philip K Dick's best book to read first in my opinion. Has a great story and you will learn if you want to dive in. The water is very, very deep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerry Vogel | 8/31/2012

    " Not as scary as when I was in college, but still a powerful tale of an alternate America gone way wrong where a guy named Phil and a singer named Sadassa might just save a world gone dark on the galactic switchboard, or die trying. Or maybe they don't really die. Movie supposedly coming soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 6/3/2012

    " A little more paranoia than I usually enjoy in my fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ahdid | 8/11/2011

    " PKD's last novel, and really an excellent compilation of his themes. Many references to his actual biographical events as well as his previous works. The concept and storyline of Valis plays a prominent role, but Radio Free Albemuth is a far more coherent and, well, readable, read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 3/27/2011

    " 3 1/2 stars. The ending is a killer, particularly the last chapter. This book is a bit of a "rehash" of sorts of similar scenes and themes that appeared in "VALIS," but in a more traditional "novel" format. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/15/2011

    " Dick pulls off quite a trick in this one. A downbeat, yet upbeat ending. "

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

    " The often missed, posthumously published 4th novel of the Valis series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 9/5/2010

    " It gets better the third time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leigh-ann | 7/1/2010

    " This should have been a great book, and the first part of it was wonderful (4 stars). Unfortunately, I much prefer PDK when the "entity" out in space is just an alien race and not the voice of God. The religious themes in so many of his later books really ruined the stories for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kammy | 4/4/2010

    " Very interesting, but not as good as Dr. Bloodmoney. I try to occasionally read some Philip K. Dick to expand my universe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 3/31/2010

    " I feel like I must've missed something - but my friend read it too and didn't get anything out of it either. Otoh, it's Dick - so if you're a fan of his work ya gotta check it out, eh? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiddler | 3/1/2010

    " A very powerful book that deals with Philip K. Dick's noetic experience of March 1974 in a fictional format. This book was later reformulated in the acclaimed novel VALIS. "

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About the Author
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.

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 an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.