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3.78192307692308 out of 53.78192307692308 out of 53.78192307692308 out of 53.78192307692308 out of 53.78192307692308 out of 5 3.78 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip K. Dick Narrator: Jeff Cummings Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781455840373
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It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to awake.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The single most resonant and carefully imagined book of Dick’s career.”

    New York Times

  • “Dick provides an intriguing tale about life and history as it relates to authentic and manufactured reality.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2.333333 out of 52.333333 out of 52.333333 out of 52.333333 out of 52.333333 out of 5 Bur | 1/8/2016

    " I selected this book because of the rave reviews. Personally it was a disappointment for me. I don't see what all the raves are about. I feel cheated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 2/12/2014

    " Trip-ee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Matthews | 2/9/2014

    " Kept me reading to the end. On the whole i quite liked it, though sometimes i struggled a little. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 2/8/2014

    " I enjoyed the various tracks and character development of this story. Also I found the alternate history fascinating. Most of the characters had a dramatic story arch that resulted in significant change by the end. My only complaint is the mysterious ending which throws the reader out of the book with a "this never really happened" feeling. Still I could see myself reading this one again sometime. Dick has impressed me with this mastery of plot and character. "

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

    " This is the first novel I've read by Dick (well, second if you count the comic adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which transcribes Dick's prose verbatim), and in many ways it was the one that interested me least before I started. I don't usually find alternate-history stories terribly compelling; a lot of them strike me as pointless "what-if" exercises that are more concerned with the shuffling around of historical facts than with actually saying something about that history. Dick, however, says plenty. The book starts out as a fairly conventional alternate history, presenting a world in which the Allied powers lose World War II and the Pacific coast becomes a colony of Japan; before long, though, a book within a book is introduced, a kind of mirror image of The Man in the High Castle that posits a world in which the Axis lost the war (though with details different from our own, "actual" history). Finally, late in the novel, we are even given glimpses into a third history, which may--but may not!--be our own. The result is wonderfully dislocating. By refusing to settle on a single alternative, Dick demonstrates how all understandings of history are necessarily contingent and far from inevitable: not just in the usual, "butterfly effect" sense of cause and effect, but in a deeper moral sense as well. The most unsettling, and important, message in this book is not that the roles of "winners" and "losers" in history could have been reversed, but that the roles of "heroes" and "villains" could have been as well; some of the most sympathetic characters in the novel are Japanese, and some of the most reprehensible are American (the Nazis, of course, are assholes in every dimension). Stylistically, I do think the book somewhat suffers a bit from its more realistic setting: Dick's sparse, detached dialogue is perfect for androids and denizens of dystopian wastelands, but when it's being spoken by regular "contemporary" people it...still sounds like it belongs to androids and denizens of dystopian wastelands. In a way, though, maybe that's the point. In this vision of the 20th century, our own world is the wasteland, and we are the androids. I can't say I disagree. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Brandon | 1/23/2014

    " Loved the interwoven stories questioning the nature of what is real and what is fake. A really good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 1/19/2014

    " A very interesting book. While it's a little hard to understand the point Dick was trying to get to, the book is intriguing and paints a well-thought out picture of an alternate history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Lawton | 1/8/2014

    " This book was not what I was expecting to say the least. There is lots to like here, but ultimately I felt frustrated with the weird pacing and plot developments. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex Ghio | 1/3/2014

    " Slightly obscure. Good for science fiction, bad if a statement on the reality vs. truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 12/6/2013

    " Unbelievably depressing. Brilliant. Not only suggests that Germany and Japan really did win WWII, but that it doesn't really matter who did, because we all lose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 12/4/2013

    " Made me think for two weeks after I was done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 11/27/2013

    " Some of the german words and abbreviations were hard to follow, but I liked the ideas broguht up and thoguht that the whole premise was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Boyle | 5/9/2013

    " I found it a little confusing whilst reading, but after reflecting on it, it is an extremely clever and well written novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/21/2013

    " I liked the general plot, but the story itself is too fragmented to me. As a result is moves really slow, and doesn't have the suspense that it should, considering the storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 6/17/2012

    " Brilliantes, tiefsinniges Buch. Muss unbedingt auch noch Ubik lesen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 3/25/2012

    " Great book, possibly the best piece of genre fiction I've read. Does exactly what a great fantasy novel should - it doesn't waste its time trying to convince the reader of the world in which it exists, it makes the reader believe in it by presenting the story in earnest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denae | 2/24/2012

    " I didn't care for this one as much as The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, but it's undeniably good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 5/23/2011

    " Moderately interesting alternative history drama; the drama is realistic enough to be interesting, but dated enough to be depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/20/2011

    " Fantastically written, though confusing at the end. Gives rise to a lot of questions, and I think it's a wider comment about the nature of fiction and reality and how the two intertwine. It has made me want to read more of this guy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 5/8/2011

    " This was rather tedious and confusing, but they may just be because I stubbornly refused to read the prologue.

    Some bits were good
    Most of it was bad.

    Slightly tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lonnie | 5/2/2011

    " Excellent book, WELL worth the read. Had you wondering the whole time, and answered just enough questions to make sure it didn't drive you insane! I liked this book alot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Soli | 4/28/2011

    " I read this 40 years ago. Still think about it on occasion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colinb | 4/24/2011

    " i dont care what anyone says
    pkd is amazing
    sure his prose maybe isnt the most complex
    but his characters really think "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 4/23/2011

    " A very good alternative history of what could have happened if the United States lost World War II. Like most Philip K. Dick books, I found some of it rather unapproachable. For instance, there are many passages devoted to characters consulting the I-Ching oracle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 4/15/2011

    " This magnificent book, as usual in Dick, reminds me to Orwell’s 1984 because of the mass land "Eurasia" which provides the work with a gloomy atmosphere, a gloomy and attractive one, I have to say :). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 4/14/2011

    " I really liked the book. The ending? I am still a little confused what happened. I think maybe I need a book club helper on this one. :))

    joel "

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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

Jeff Cummings, as an audiobook narrator, has won both an Earphones Award and the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Narration in Science and Technology. He is also a twenty-year veteran of the stage, having worked at many regional theaters across the country, from A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City and the International Mystery Writers’ Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky. He also spent seven seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.