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The Simulacra

Narrated by: Dick Hill
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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On a ravaged Earth, fate and circumstances bring together a disparate group of characters, including a fascist with dreams of a coup, a composer who plays his instrument with his mind, a First Lady who calls all the shots, and the world’s last practicing therapist. And they all must contend with an underclass that is beginning to ask a few too many questions, aided by a man called Loony Luke and his very persuasive pet alien.

In classic Philip K. Dick fashion, The Simulacra combines time travel, psychotherapy, telekinesis, androids, and Neanderthal-like mutants to create a rousing, mind-bending story where there are conspiracies within conspiracies and nothing is ever what it seems.

©1992 Laura Coelho, Christopher Dick, and Isa Hackett (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Decent book

Narrator was so staccato-robotic that for the first half an hour I honestly could not tell, try as I might, if he was a real person, or an artificial text-to-speech voice, such as Microsoft text-to-speech. Still wouldn't be suprised if it turned out to be artificial. Made it difficult to listen to.

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Philip K Dick is a genius

His stuff reads surprising well. Read aloud you get the time to appreciate his philosophical musings.

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  • Stephen
  • 16-06-16

You got any toast

cause this is my jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam :-) this is my Kawasaki this is my face melting this is my ham

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  • Darwin8u
  • 09-12-15

In a mad world, only the mad are sane.

“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Like a lot of PKD's novels, 'The Simulacra' was messy. I mean messy and complex and absurd and filled with fractals and digressions. Genius in parts, yes. But mostly messy genius. It felt like I was driving a BMW assembled by the art/pit-crew from Mad Max, perhaps.

I loved the concept of it. Dr. Superb, the only remaining psychotherapist in a world filled with the crazy and cranky. He wrote this novel like he just invented the 3 or 4 main characters, starved them a bit, and set them on a collision course and, of course, sat back and watched and wrote.

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  • William Fletcher
  • 24-02-19

I'll vote this high but...

only cause I'm into Philip K Dick and it's interesting to see his progression as an author. this story is clunky and amateur. it shows that even the greats need practice. I do like the themes though.

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  • Charles
  • 02-10-18

Narrator is Terrible

I'm sad that Dick Hill is the narrator of more than one Philip K. Dick book. I can't bear listening to him. It sounds like he's struggling to speak. Maybe he has emphysema. Dick Hill is probably a fine person, but I don't understand why Audible has him as a narrator.