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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,290 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip K. Dick Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781455832279
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In the future, most of humanity lives in massive underground bunkers, producing weapons for the nuclear war they’ve fled. Constantly bombarded by patriotic propaganda, the citizens of these industrial anthills believe they are waiting for the day when the war will be over, and they can return above ground. But when Nick St. James, president of one anthill, makes an unauthorized trip to the surface, what he finds is more shocking than anything he could imagine.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 2/11/2014

    " This started off well and then just got crazy weird on me. Some other PKD books go into strange territory, but are ultimately redeemable, but this one did not do it for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich Cresswell | 2/1/2014

    " More media-suspicious weirdness from Philip K. Dick. A lie perpetrated to allow the upper class to keep living upper class lives, while the rest of humanity lives underground, thinking World War III is still raging over their heads. Great writing and viscerally disturbing stuff. "

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

    " Sometimes you wish someone would've taken the Crazy Genius and whacked him upside the head with a good editor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 1/29/2014

    " Really interesting look at the end of the world. I thought it was a great book, with a lot of originality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/23/2014

    " Set in a world in which people are trapped underground at first for their own safety and then by their own fear. This is the universal story of how governments work to manipulate their populations. Philip K. Dick does a masterful job with language, weaving obscure latin, english, and neologisms. It's an exercise to read both philosophically and intellectually. The best thing is that Dick never delivers a neat ending, and you can't count on a sequel or series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry Huebner | 1/10/2014

    " This was my first Philip K. Dick book after seeing and enjoying several of the movie adaptations. This one takes place in 2025 in a world that has survived a nuclear war, only most of the people of the world don't know it's been over for 13 years. The war itself began on Mars and lasted two years with significant damage to both the United States and the Soviet Union and presumably much of the rest of the world. At the beginning of the war, the poopulations were sent underground to protect them from nuclear bombs and radtioactive fallout. When peace finally came, the powers ruling both sides decided to keep it a secret from their citizens. The book examines those who assist in the charade and what happens when the leader of one underground colony risks his life to go to the surface in search of medical help for a fallen comrade. I had trouble getting into at first, but it grew to be very compelling. Dick does not have the clearest prose, although his ideas are quite thought-provoking. Some of the technological advancements of the now not so distant future aren't that convincing although some are pretty good considering when the book was written. I ultimately enjoyed it and would recommend it to others and would really like to see a movie made from this material. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 1/4/2014

    " the chronology is screwed, but the bit about the U.S. Army Air Corps and so on, and the whole advertising angle to the book--brilliant. And darkly satirical. Think The Matrix without all the idiotic "why would machines bother with humans as a power source?" issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/30/2013

    " A fantastic idea for a novel. lacked a bit in the execution because of the unnecessary mysticism. Still, a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 12/18/2013

    " Visionario e inquietante, altro che fantascienza! Se non stiamo attenti ci finiremo presto sottoterra a vivere in una sorta di catacomba. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin Seitz | 11/3/2013

    " Excellent book don't always trust what you are being told "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 10/13/2013

    " This book was very good, once I figured out the premise of it. It through me for a loop & kept me engaged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 9/14/2013

    " This books was phenomenal. Philip K. Dick is extremely imaginative with this story. Please read and see for yourself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sayra | 7/9/2013

    " I was low level bored throughout this book. There was a moment, near the beginning where it seemed like it could get interesting but it passed. The only reason I finished it was that the chapters were short enough to read during different parts of my commute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 7/1/2013

    " A fairly linear and discernible plot, particularly for a PKD novel: The majority of people live beneath the Earth's surface because they believe the world above is a radioactive wasteland. Meanwhile, a privileged class lives above, benefiting from the labor of those below. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 4/29/2013

    " Post-war, lots of the population are crammed beneath the earth as the world above is apparently ripped apart by radiation and the after-effects of war. One man gets out, and discvers the truth. An excellent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 3/21/2013

    " Most people have rated this so-so, and I don't even think it's in print anymore, but for some reason I really like this one. In the top 3 to 5 PKD books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Palardy | 3/4/2013

    " This is a fairly straight up science fiction thriller other than some banter in the early pages. Not one of his best books but not bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 2/24/2013

    " The first 50 pages are terrible. The other 95 pages are killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John-Philip | 1/4/2013

    " Interesting setting and some interesting plots. What raised the rating was actually the ending. There's a simple message in this book and it gets driven home in a ironic way in the last chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucas | 11/29/2012

    " Decent book not good not bad. Definitley has a political undertone that not only made sense during the cold war, but during the Bush years also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 11/8/2012

    " to be very very afraid "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony Cheng | 9/6/2012

    " A great example of PKD's paranoia fiction, this Morlock-Eloi remix doesn't quite deliver on the promise of its opening chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ajay Menon | 8/19/2012

    " Now I'm starting to get why people really like Philip K. Dick, this was really entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tycoon | 3/15/2012

    " Patchy start but the suspense will get you in the end. I liked the archaeological bits as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 2/10/2012

    " Dick's stories are always interesting. His blend of sci-fi and questions of knowledge and identity always make me think long after the book is done. "

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