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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (697 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip K. Dick Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781469251790
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Narrator Mel Foster’s competent and professional approach keeps us listening to this dystopian novel…He jumps from character to character and keeps them all instantly recognizable, no matter where on the planet they are. His voice varies with the plot tensions of the moment, and the listener ends up riveted. [An] excellent narrator.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik Graff | 12/15/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 11/23/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 10/16/2013

    " It was ok; though pretty interesting for its time. How much will we let machines do our thinking for us? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jorps | 8/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russ | 7/10/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathaniel | 5/5/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine Muslim | 4/12/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TrumanCoyote | 4/2/2013

    " 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! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alex | 1/21/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cohan | 11/17/2012

    " A little weak, comparatively speaking... "

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About the Author
Author Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) was a writer of extraordinary vision and imagination whose works reflected a strong interest in metaphysics, theology, and speculative politics. In his work, the individual is often pitted against authoritarian governments or monopolistic corporations. He also drew from his own experiences of altered states, paranoia, and mystical reveries. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in the Library of America series. In addition to his dozens of published novels, he wrote over 120 short stories, many of which appeared in science fiction magazines. At least eight of his stories have been adapted for film.

About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”