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Author: Philip K. Dick Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Valis Series Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9781455840328
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What is VALIS? This question is at the heart of Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel, the first book in his defining trilogy. When a beam of pink light begins giving a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat (who just might also be known as Philip K. Dick) visions of an alternate Earth where the Roman Empire still reigns, he must decide whether he is crazy or whether a godlike entity is showing him the true nature of the world.

VALIS is essential listening for any true Philip K. Dick fan, a novel that Roberto Bolaño called “more disturbing than any novel by [Carson] McCullers.” By the end, like Dick himself, you will be left wondering what is real, what is fiction, and just what the price is for divine inspiration.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zev | 5/8/2011

    " Hadn't read this since high school. It's a great, thinly veiled cosmological/mystical thesis--living philosophy without the practicality or posturing of "zen and the art...". Looking forward to revisiting the rest of the trilogy in future bedtimes. "

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

    " Very weird. The first half was God waffle and I almost gave up but from half way through it actually went into more VALIS detail and was far more enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 4/17/2011

    " This is my favorite PKD. Not for everybody. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/12/2011

    " This is an exceptionally trippy novel by the master of the unusual story. I have read this volume several times and I get new depths to the meaning behind it every time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 3/3/2011

    " A book that questions who we are, what we are doing here, and who the hell is this "God" fellow? Where, according to Dick, "God" is VALIS, who sends signals to the novel's protagonist Horselover Fat. Yes, if you might as guessed it, this novel takes you on a very strange ride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 2/17/2011

    " Potentially life-altering. And bloody interesting (well, for those of us with an interest in ontology/theology/utter madness) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/8/2011

    " So one day PKD read "Breakfast of Champion" and "The Urantia Book" and listened to Rush's "Hemispheres" and dropped some acid and wrote VALIS.
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristy | 1/29/2011

    " Can I give this NO stars? Gah, I hated this. The ravings of a madman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janne | 1/12/2011

    " Strange narrating to an even stranger story. The only complaint is that the book lost me from time to time .. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vince | 1/12/2011

    " One of my personal favorites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Clayton | 12/27/2010

    " I did not finish this book.

    I am totally confused by the gibberish in Philip K. Dick's VALIS. I usually give a book 50 pages to make a statement, but 30 pages is enough for me. I cannot even discern a theme or plot to this piece of crap!

    Thanks, but no thanks! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/21/2010

    " Tedious, like all genuine insanity quickly becomes. "

About the Author

Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) published thirty-six science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film, notably Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

About the Narrator

James Wesley Rawles is a former United States Army intelligence officer and survivalist, a well-known survival lecturer, and author of the bestselling Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse. Rawles is the editor of SurvivalBlog.com—the nation’s most popular blog on family preparedness. He lives in an undisclosed location west of the Rockies.