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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip K. Dick Narrator: Fred Stella Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781455837366
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Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this is the definitive presentation of Dick’s brilliant, and epic, work.

In the Exegesis, Dick documents his eight-year attempt to fathom what he called “2-3-74,” a postmodern visionary experience of the entire universe “transformed into information.” In entries that sometimes ran to hundreds of pages, in a freewheeling voice that ranges through personal confession, esoteric scholarship, dream accounts, and fictional fugues, Dick tried to write his way into the heart of a cosmic mystery that tested his powers of imagination and invention to the limit.

This volume, the culmination of many years of transcription and archival research, has been annotated by the editors and by a unique group of writers and scholars chosen to offer a range of views into one of the most improbable and mind-altering manuscripts ever brought to light.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tantivy | 12/5/2013

    " Like an empathy box linking the reader to the apotheosis of the mad, brilliant PKD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Orman | 11/20/2013

    " Complicated writing, complicated to explain even what it is. Eight thousand pages of Philip K. Dick's handwritten scriblings over the last eight years of his life, collected into a book. As messy as it sounds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron Banister | 9/16/2013

    " Spectacular insight into the creative excesses of a Benzedrine fueled imagination. The tangled web of Dick's mind is laid bare as you can follow a map from synapse to synapse in a read that could ensnare your own mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 5/24/2013

    " Currently finding it maddeningly thick and interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kilburn Adam | 5/1/2013

    " Such a fascinating book, and I think the editors did a really good job. I wonder if PKD didn't die when he did, how long he would have continued to write The Exegesis. And I also wonder what The Owl in Daylight would be like, if he had of completed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom | 2/18/2013

    " Wanted to like it. Great author. But this was hideously dull! "

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About the Author
Author Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) published thirty-six science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film, notably Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

About the Narrator

Fred Stella has worked as an actor and voice talent in radio, television, independent films, and audiobooks. He was awarded the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award for Best Male Narration in 2002. He is on the adjunct faculty staff of Muskegon Community College.