Vulcan’s Hammer Audiobook, by Philip K. Dick Play Audiobook Sample

Vulcan’s Hammer Audiobook

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Read By: Mel Foster Publisher: Brilliance Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781469251790

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

16

Longest Chapter Length:

27:34 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

14:33 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

21:32 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

70

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Publisher Description

After the twentieth century’s devastating series of wars, the world’s governments banded together into one globe-spanning entity, committed to peace at all costs. Ensuring that peace is the Vulcan supercomputer, responsible for all major decisions. But some people don’t like being taken out of the equation. And others resent the idea that the Vulcan is taking the place of God. As the world grows ever closer to all-out war, one functionary frantically tries to prevent it. But the Vulcan computer has its own plans, plans that might not include humanity at all.

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"Vulcan's Hammer is one of my favorite PK Dick stories. Supercomputers, human frailty, and worldwide devastation have never been entwined in a more original and engaging fashion than the one articulated in this book."

— Kristine (5 out of 5 stars)

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  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Not one of Dick's better science fiction novels. Originally published as a novella in an Ace double in the early fifties. "

    — Erik, 12/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Quick read. I'll never forget the flying hammers, though. "

    — Joe, 11/23/2013
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    " It was ok; though pretty interesting for its time. How much will we let machines do our thinking for us? "

    — Marc, 10/16/2013
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    " Short and sweet. I loved it right up until he unfortunately tied it all together with a big bow. Paranoia, class conflict, computers taking over...all classic Dick. "

    — Jorps, 8/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I wonder if James Cameron read this before Terminator - written in 1960, it features a supercomputer than becomes sentient and threatens to destroy humanity. "

    — Russ, 7/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I believe this is PKD's first novel, and it is definitely noticable. Not to take away from the classic plot and the PKD themes, it is a book where you can see Dick's evolution as a writer, especially when reading books such as Alphane Moon or Electric Sheep. "

    — Nathaniel, 5/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A bit flat--but not that bad; especially for the one that was supposed to be the nadir (I still say The Unteleported Man was worse). Now I only have one more left to read/find! "

    — TrumanCoyote, 4/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Run-of-the-mill sci-fi pulp. Terminator 3, eat your heart out! "

    — Alex, 1/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A little weak, comparatively speaking... "

    — Cohan, 11/17/2012

About Philip K. Dick

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 Mel Foster

Laural Merlington is an audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of multiple Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, she teaches college in her home state of Michigan.