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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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