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Ubik Audiobook

Ubik

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Publisher's Summary

A mind-bending, classic Philip K. Dick novel about the perception of reality.

Named as one of Time's 100 best books.

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business - deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time. As consumables deteriorate and technology gets ever more primitive, the group needs to find out what is causing the shifts and what a mysterious product called Ubik has to do with it all.

©1969 Philip K. Dick (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"From the stuff of space opera, Dick spins a deeply unsettling existential horror story, a nightmare you'll never be sure you've woken up from." (Lev Grossman, Time)

"More brilliant than similar experiments conducted by Pynchon or DeLillo." (Roberto Bolaño)

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    Mr. J. Forsyth Durham, England 19/12/2016
    Mr. J. Forsyth Durham, England 19/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I cant call this a furious page turner (or ear flapper as it was audiobook?) but it was a good read. As with most pkd it didnt seem groundbreaking (anymore) but not without any weight or relevance, like all great sci-fi seems to transcend generations long after publish.

    Some seem to see greater meanings or questions in this story and I can understand that if your looking for it but for me it was simply a very enjoyable story of easy digestion that passed from start to finish in just the right length to feel complete.

    A welcome rest from aliens, spaceships, time travel, vampires, werewolves and magicians.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Antonio Konitsiotis London, UK 30/05/2016
    Antonio Konitsiotis London, UK 30/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "a wild imaginative ride!"

    constantly keeps you guessing, a crazy amazing story! brilliantly narrated and a seminal piece of sci-fi!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver 10/05/2016
    Oliver 10/05/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Phantasmagoric"

    Looking for some 10/10 sci-fi? Trying to fill the formless void in your soul? Wondering when the last time you were ever truly happy was? Read Ubik by Phillip K Dick

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 26/05/2016
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    "Keeps you guessing"

    Good story. Quite trippy and keeps you guessing. In fact, it gets better as it goes on. Good voices by the narrator!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    L 28/01/2017
    L 28/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant!"

    Absolutely sensational, one of best books I've listened too. Narrator and story top notch.

    I would have never gone for a book written in the 60s but how glad I am that audible put it on the daily deal.

    A must read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donal westmeath, Ireland 24/01/2017
    Donal westmeath, Ireland 24/01/2017

    I loove sci fi and fantasy. Can't get enough but I end up buying romance and crime as well so my partner can listen to something with me. :)

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    "A entertaining well written well read story."

    It's a good story. Deeply fantastical and keeps you guessing exactly what is going on till near the end. The first person narrative works well and the language is intelligent. While I was not blown away by the characters and rushing to get another book by the author I can recommend it. Its not an addictive story but I got through it within a few days of housework etc without getting bored.
    Impressovely orginal even if not very thought provoking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kamila 20/01/2017
    Kamila 20/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Great pleasure to listen to."

    Very strong story, kept me gripped till end. Well designed world, complex and consistent, filled with interesting characters . All this wrapped up in masterpiece of narration. Loved it. Will look for other books by Dick and Daniels.

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    Bashy 14/02/2017
    Bashy 14/02/2017 Member Since 2016

    Late discoverer of Audible, commutes now transformed, love fantasy and crime thrillers although the latter takes some navigating.

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    "The original Inception"

    The story is very recognisable as older science fiction in its style but that doesn't take away from it at all. The story is very clever initially slow to build but then it hooks you.

    I hope they don't ever make a film of this it would ruin a great book.

    The narrator was good however I found some of the voices grating and irritating.

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    Mr P Eldridge 27/01/2017
    Mr P Eldridge 27/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Odd"

    Androids may dream of electric sheep but this is the book that put them to sleep. Strange story that meanders around with a lot of time spent on seemingly unnecessary detail when some of the decisions the characters make just make you wonder "Why?". Glad I got it on sale.

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    Kemi 22/01/2017
    Kemi 22/01/2017
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    "A bit of a struggle"

    I found it a difficult one but persevered, it's OK. not great though

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  • Joe
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    12/06/16
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    "Fantastic Performance"

    I read this book 24 years ago as a teenager. I grew up a Philip K Dick fan and truly loved this book. I hadn't read it since until recently, when audible offered it on sale, I thought it would be fun to listen to.

    Wow! The narration of Luke Daniels makes this book so much fun to hear performed. Daniels brings the different characters to life with cleverly rendered voices. The book is as playful as it is mind-blowing.

    I wish Philip K Dick were still around to hear his own work performed like this. I bet he would have loved it.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick Haywood
    15/06/16
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    "My first PKD book. "

    I'm very impressed with both the story and performance. I can't help but notice similar themes in more recent sci-fi movies that may have drawn from this story.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Cody Bateman
    10/06/16
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    "Great!"

    I knew about Dick's books but never read or listened until now. Shouldn't have waited so long. The performance was really good and the performance made it even better. Very unexpected for a $4.99 daily deal.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Strom
    11/06/16
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    "Wonderful classic"

    This sci-fi escaped me back when I first started plowing through the classics. It is a fantastic novel and should be read by anyone who loves sci-fi.

    Luke Daniels does a great job with the narration and really helps the novel come alive.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing really matters
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    21/07/16
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    "Confusing. Convoluted. Too clever."

    Ubik makes it onto some lists of recommended sci-fi novels so I was keen to finally read it. I enjoyed the beginning and was looking forward to a good sci-fi yarn. Despite the promising beginning the story just kept getting more and more and then even more convoluted.

    Things hadn't cleared up significantly by the end, though I still had high hopes. Unfortunately, I found the ending was as mystifying as it was unsatisfying. I'm not a fan of deep and meaningful endings.

    If you love high brow sci-fi you may like this book. Personally, I value a satisfying and engaging story over literary panache. If you are like-minded, you may want to consider giving this book a pass.

    Luke Daniels does a fine job narrating, though.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    Nashville TN
    29/06/16
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    "wow"

    Started a little slow and then it grabbed me without warning only to leave me completely jaw dropped at the end.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    10/06/16
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    "AVOID PROLONG USE"

    MADE IN CLEVELAND
    I just could not get into this. I am sure PKD fans will love it. Dick has a kind of cult following. I like his short work and the movies made from his books are usually pretty good. Every time I have tried his longer works I have been bored off my A. Often the movies are Totally different from his books, if I Recall. Parts of this are funny and makes you wonder if Larry Coreia is a PKD fan.

    SAFE WHEN TAKEN AS DIRECTED

    12 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
    STAUNTON, IL, United States
    20/05/16
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    "One of PKD's Best!"

    Great Preformace too! Loved this one. Great ties back to Dick's Exegesis as well. A must read for PKD fans.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    Poulsbo, WA, United States
    15/02/17
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    "Unfinished themes"
    Would you try another book from Philip K. Dick and/or Luke Daniels?

    They are both very talented, I have never been disappointed with Luke Daniels, Iron Druid, Marko Kloos stories, and many more. PKD improved with time and his short stories seem more fleshed out.


    Any additional comments?

    This book started with some interest and humor. but by midway through it seemed to wander and ended rather abruptly leaving the reader to either do some serious linking of ideas or simply saying meh. I chose the latter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • wood
    Aliso Viejo, CA
    31/01/17
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    "Another great one"

    Such an amazing writer. Another what really is reality story written to perfection. The performance with different voices for all the characters was also perfect. Very enjoyable to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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