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Summary

"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?

©1974 Philip K. Dick (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Classic PKD

It's PKD so won't be bad...a little dated now but aren't we all...good narration and enjoyed the whole thing

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A great example of why Philip K Dick is as interesting as Orwell.

The use of a future setting allows the author to explore human behaviour and itge way patterns endure in different times. Beautifully read.

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Not quite his best

Still good and I will listen to it again. But Eldritch, Android, Ubiq, Scanner are some of the most thought provoking novels ever. This guy was a genius! Oh and don't forget VALIS. But don't read that as your first novel of his.

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enjoyed, but weird book

this was a weird book, I kind of enjoyed it but i wouldn't say it's Philip K Dick's best book.

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  • dnblack
  • 24-05-16

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.

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  • Joe
  • 05-02-17

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!

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  • Saad
  • 25-11-17

Not my favorite work by Phillip K Dick

Dick's story telling is its usual masterful, philosophical and thought provoking as always keeping you hooked but the big reveal towards the last fifth of the book fails to justify the events of the story which for a stickler for plot points like me, was a let down. Otherwise, it was futuristic, lucid and quintessential Phillip K Dick.

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  • Janelle
  • 19-04-17

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.

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  • Cool Hand Luke
  • 13-03-17

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.

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  • L. Nicholson
  • 04-03-17

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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  • David D. Schneider
  • 21-02-17

Confused and Confusing ________________________😱

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_______________________________________________________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 ____________________________________________😱

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  • Sofoklis
  • 01-03-18

Ok book

Dick has an issue with long stories.
There is a bunch of irrelevant things going on that dont add to the stories and serve the purpose of filling in.
If it was a short story it would be good. Now its not.
Its the third long story that I do not enjoy while i love his short ones. I am just listening to vol2 and its a thrill - love the humor and irony

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  • Amazon Customer in MT
  • 19-12-17

Boring, lame story. Worst book I have ever heard.

Absolutely awful.
Dont waste your time.
The story drones on forever. Lousy excuse for a plot.

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  • Scrushy
  • 15-12-17

Don't let the awards fool you

What did you like best about Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said? What did you like least?

The women were portrayed as sex-hungry and shallow.

What aspect of Phil Gigante’s performance would you have changed?

His portrayal of women's voices.

Any additional comments?

According to Wikipedia, this book was published after a hiatus of PKD from writing, during which time his older works became quite popular. IMHO this book got the awards as an afterglow of that.