"Dick skillfully explores the psychological ramifications of this nightmare." - The New York Times Review of Books
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said grapples with many of the themes Philip K. Dick is best known for - identity, altered reality, drug use, and dystopia - in a rollicking chase story that earned the novel the John W. Campbell Award and nominations for the Hugo and Nebula.
Jason Taverner - world-famous talk show host and man-about-town - wakes up one day to find that no one knows who he is - including the vast databases of the totalitarian government. And in a society where lack of identification is a crime, Taverner has no choice but to go on the run with a host of shady characters, including crooked cops and dealers of alien drugs. But do they know more than they are letting on? And just how can a person's identity be erased overnight?
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"An excellent reading of an amazing book"
'Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said' may go down as one my favorite books. The story is packed so densely with metaphor that it probably warrants multiple readings. The only other Phillip K. Dick books that I've read are 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' and 'The Man in the High Castle', both of which I enjoyed I lot. I found the story of this book both more creative and more compelling.
I have heard people say that they shy away from PKD because his writing is sexist. Some of the stuff in this book can also be interpreted as racist. The only thing I can say is that you must stick it through to the end. Sexism, racism, and bigotry exist in this book the same way they exist in real life: as elements of the world surrounding and permeating the characters. By the end of the story, some of the characters identify these negative traits in themselves and thereby push through them, others don't. Interpret the treatment of these social issues however you would like, but I believe that Dick puts them in the story to call them out, not to support them.
I listened to the audio version of this story, read by Phil Gigante. Gigante did an excellent job with the wide range of characters and I never found myself getting distracted by his voice and tone choices. Overall production quality of the audio tracks was also superb. If you have an 8+ hour drive, get this audio book.
"PKD Comes Alive!"
This is a fantastic performance of PKD's 'Flow My Tears.' The narrator provides an excellent diversity of voices and dramatizes the whole story with an engaging rhythm. I loved it!
As a PKD book, it's slightly different than most I've read as the protagonist is an alpha male with a cocky swagger, a famous TV personality and singer with plenty of mistresses. Early in the novel he finds that his identity has been erased and nobody knows who he is. He goes from famous to a nobody, struggling to survive in totalitarian state.
The novel has some similarities to 'Do Androids Dream' in that the protagonist questions his own existence, and seems to bounce around between two worlds. There is also the policeman who is trying to figure out who he is and track him down.
It's a fun and engaging performance that keeps you questioning what's really going on. Classic Philip K Dick. You'll enjoy!
"a terrific story"
a surprise of a story that is as unpredictable as it is entertaining. Phil Gigante is also an awesome narrator and does the story justice. Recomended.
"Confused and Confusing ________________________😱"
5 stars is great
4 stars is good
3 stars is OK
2 stars is poor
_______________________________________________________this is only worth a listen if you are a P. K. Dick fan.
I am a fan . . . and still I nearly quit the listen 2 or 3 times ____________________________________________😱
"Good performance of a great Dick novel"
I took a long time with this, but that had more to do with the time I had to give it than with my enjoyment. It really was quite good. Dick's paranoia is on full display. Phil Gigante was an excellent match for the main character's voice. Some of the other characters, in particular the female characters, were not as good, but overall he did a very good job. This was a very enjoyable listen for a Dick fan.
"PKD Doesn't Trust the Pols…"
This was a pretty interesting read and the narrator did a fantastic job. The story is full of twists and turns and just as you think you have it all figured out, Dick flip-flops on you and takes you down another path. The characters are well developed and feel real. You may not like them, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t serve their purposes fully. My biggest complaint would be the way he ended it. I felt like I was reading the end subtitles of a movie where you find out what happened to each character after the close of the book. Dick even goes on to tell you what happened to some of the inanimate objects and their “lives” after the story is done, which was absurd. I felt like this wasn’t needed, but overall I enjoyed the novel.
"Could have been more"
Overall the book held my interest. The story was unique but I wished it hadn't ended so soon. Don't get me wrong, the story wrapped up fine, but there were many opportunities for splintering storylines that could have been further looked into. Perhaps this would make for a good book club story.
"The Narrator saved this book."
This book was very boring and did not have a very deep plot or any characters you could love or hate. Actually, it's hard to even remember their names let alone a character trait. The only thing that saved this book from a one star rating was the narrator.
"Complex But Stirring"
It is surprising how prescient some of the aspects of this book seem, now. I won't go into the author's later psychic break or - if you prefer - ascension - but this seems a start of that process.
The tale can be delineated better by others but I found it very intriguing (especially being married to law enforcement) and saddening. I thought the ending a bit rushed - as if he found no good way to continue and just wanted to get it to market. But I am not a big brain type - my opinion is just that. Still, it was very thought provoking which is all one can ask from a book.
The narration - which I consider to be a major aspect of any Audible offering - was very good. Suited the material very well.
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