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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,096 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip K. Dick Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781455881604
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Following a devastating nuclear war, the Moral Reclamation government took over the world and forced its citizens to live by strictly puritanical rules—no premarital sex, drunkenness, or displaying of neon signs—all of which are reinforced through a constant barrage of public messages. The chief purveyor of these messages is Alan Purcell, next in line to become head of the propaganda bureau. But there is just one problem: a statue of the government’s founder has been vandalized, and the head is hidden in Purcell’s closet. In this buttoned-up society, maybe all a revolution needs is one really great prank.

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

    " Very readable, with likable characters. Somewhat of a let-down because of the lack of conspiracies within conspiracies that one sometimes takes for granted from PKD. The social commentary was doubtlessly more incisive in 1956 (the year it was published) than it came across now. If you want to read PKD, start elsewhere--this one is only for the completists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Woodard | 2/9/2014

    " Solid Dick novel about a post apocalyptic inter-stellar earth-based society where one's every move is watched by puritan-like authorities. This book has all the features typical of a Dick novel that his fans love: a strangely middle American characters, hallucinatory plot twists, and rampant paranoia. But it feels more like an overgrown short story than a novel. Or perhaps it could be looked at as an under-developed novel. No matter how it's perceived, it's minor work. Worth reading for Dick fans, but probably not for the uninitiated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victor Whitman | 2/8/2014

    " Like PKD's earlier book, Solar Lottery, only fair. Given this was written in the late 50s, however, some of the ideas hold up fairly well. The writing is pretty clunky. "

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

    " You can tell that this is one of Dick's earliest novels, the writing style is very weak compared to his later novels. However you still get the themes of social commentary and occasionally questioning the nature of reality and sanity that are such cornerstones of all P K Dick novels. Plot-wise this is a fairly good book with an interesting story, but as I said the writing style is off-putting. Something for an established P K Dick fan, but not if it's one of the first you read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David McClelland | 1/17/2014

    " Not Dick's best work, but still a quick and engaging read, with a few interesting ideas behind it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 1/15/2014

    " Even when he's not great he's good. This take on McCarthyism hit me just right. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matilda | 12/18/2013

    " This might be the only Philip K. Dick book that I wanted to throw across the room in frustration, but in the end I instead let it limply fall off my hands; I just didn't care enough to make a scene. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Synchro | 12/6/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book up to the very end which left me feeling a little flat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 João | 12/5/2013

    " Probably not the best of Philip's work, still a very interesting approach on the subject of changing society from within. Not very exciting yet fundamental. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 11/19/2013

    " A nice and solid but quick PKD read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 6/23/2013

    " Very interesting book indeed. While the story itself was much more simple than other books I've read by PKD, its theme was much clearer than others as well and very engaging. Great book again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad Wojak | 11/26/2012

    " This is my third or fourth PKD book, and I have to say may favourite by far. It had a great sense of playfulness and the story had much more flow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 9/23/2012

    " Great title! Much of the book was not excellent, but I really enjoyed the ending. If you are considering it - read it and stick with it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Jayne | 8/6/2012

    " This is a comedy pretty much. This guy has episodes where he blacks out and destroys public property in a really strict big brother type future land. reads really fast, a fun book. "

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