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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,268 ratings) (rate this audio book) Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The V. I. Warshawski Series Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781469248981
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Philip K. Dick’s classic short story tells the story of Douglas Quail, an unfulfilled bureaucrat who dreams of visiting Mars, but can’t afford the trip. Luckily, there is Rekal Incorporated, a company that lets everyday stiffs believe they’ve been on incredible adventures. The only problem is that when technicians attempt a memory implant of a spy mission to Mars, they find that real memories of just such a trip are already in Quail’s brain. Suddenly, Quail is running for his life from government agents, but his memories might make him more of a liability than he is worth.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/20/2014

    " Loved the book but had a bit of a hard time keeping the characters streight. Looking forward to V. I. Warshawski, #11 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Slone | 2/17/2014

    " Too long and drawn-out; implausible "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Finch | 2/15/2014

    " As in Parentsky's other V.I. Warshawski novels, I enjoyed this one. The story held my interest throughout and got more interesting as it went on. Toward the middle of the book I found it hard to put down. The characters, good guys and bad, were believable and well developed. I will read more in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 2/13/2014

    " I am not sure I gave this book a fair shake. It took me forever to finish. It didn't hold my attention and I kept putting it down. I usually like the V.I. Warshawski detective series but this one was very disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/21/2014

    " If you like good detective mysteries, and also like stories set in Chicago, then Sara Paretsky is for you. She's a great writer, Vick Warshawski is a compelling character, and the action is all very believable, especially to us Chicagolanders. It helps to read Paretsky's Warshawski books in order, but it's not critical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Aldergate | 1/16/2014

    " I am a HUGE Warshafsky fan and this one didn't disappoint. Great storyline - two seemingly different strands to the story that came together in a very satisfying way at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, but there were times I felt there was confusion with several plots going at once. I found my mind drifting but it did come together at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 1/1/2014

    " I liked this book. good story, kept me interested, liked the mystery. I like the character V I Warshawski. I will definitely read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 11/16/2013

    " I love Vic. In this book we learn more about Lottie's background. Vic gets involved to help her friend (of course)and is working another case at the same time. Or is it a different case? A fast paced story with emotions on many levels. Not a long novel but packed with characters and suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 10/26/2013

    " You know someone can really write a good mystery when she can make insurance fraud exciting and suspenseful. Plus, all of her V.I. Warshawski novels are set in Chicago, which makes me like them even more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 8/4/2013

    " Probably my favorite VI Warshawski that I've read thus far, given that it weaves together some of my favorite themes for mystery novels. But more than that, Paretsky as always does a bang-up job of building characters that are plausibly flawed but still intriguing and worth caring about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Shurden | 8/3/2013

    " Going back to read some of these that I've missed somehow. Still enjoy this great mystery writer's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 3/13/2013

    " This was my first V.I. Warshawski book. Don't know why I put off reading them, except that maybe I knew once I started I wouldn't stop. Excellent book, with a broader scope than most mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryellen Wilson | 2/24/2013

    " Another favorite author; I don't know how I missed this one -- got it off the used bookshelves at the library! Her books get deeper and deeper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dick | 11/11/2012

    " Read this one too slow to fully get the emotions in the story. Very good! V.I. again is caught in multiple sub-plots trying to uncover what is really happening around her client - and herself. Holocaust survivors, murder, conspiracy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam | 10/25/2012

    " Nice for its insider view of past Holocause victims' perspectives, but I kind of stalled in the middle and lost interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 7/1/2012

    " She's so much better than Sue Grafton and all the other imitators!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 5/18/2012

    " Another gripping read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harley | 2/24/2012

    " Sara Paretsky is one of two mystery writers that I read. I love the character: V.I. Warshawski. Set in Chicago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/25/2012

    " One of my "guilty pleasures" "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Randee | 12/9/2011

    " Couldn't keep the characters straight and didn't particularly care about any of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 krin | 5/19/2011

    " This was a good mystery with the past of the Holocaust affecting the events in the present. I liked how V.I. gradually learned about Lotty's past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 5/11/2011

    " Going back to read some of these that I've missed somehow. Still enjoy this great mystery writer's books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Babete | 3/3/2011

    " Muito chato, não vale a pena! ( Mergulho No Passado ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 2/25/2011

    " This book was ok. It was not one of my favorites and I was not really impressed with the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 2/18/2011

    " This was the best one so far! Could not put it down. What a finish! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/17/2011

    " I am a HUGE Warshafsky fan and this one didn't disappoint. Great storyline - two seemingly different strands to the story that came together in a very satisfying way at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 2/8/2011

    " This didn't do it for me, but at least I know Paretsky's books aren't to my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/12/2010

    " Got this on audio and realized it is a new recording of a 2001 book I have read. Remember as a solid story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/22/2010

    " Liked it very much. Great escape fiction. VI Warshawski is a fun character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Art | 11/19/2010

    " Slow going. Maybe my problem is that I know up front that the recovered memory movement is a fraud. I like how VI now has a cell phone and uses her computer to gather info; she used to have to get off the freeway when she was driving and find a working pay phone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/2/2010

    " I think I enjoyed this but I am not sure that Lotty's story hit the mark. I can see how a back story was required but it was not presented in the best way, in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dick | 10/17/2010

    " Read this one too slow to fully get the emotions in the story. Very good! V.I. again is caught in multiple sub-plots trying to uncover what is really happening around her client - and herself. Holocaust survivors, murder, conspiracy. "

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About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.