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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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    Amazon Customer 24/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narration of one of the best P.K Dick books"

    I hope this narrator continues to work on P.K. Dick books so that I can collect my favorite 5 and then listen to them in a yearly cycle

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nat 14/12/2016
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    "One of the best books ever written!"

    I loved this book more than any book I have read. It's amazing, scary, very paranoid and soooooo much fun. I never understood why some people love the world of books like lord of the rings so much n want to keep going back. UBIK is like that for me. It's amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jas from Tasmania 12/11/2016
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    "What a journey"

    One of the best Sci Fi books of all time. Absolutely brilliant and the narration was the best I've heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Steve
    10/07/16
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    "A great performance of an SF classic"
    What made the experience of listening to Ubik the most enjoyable?

    I first read UBIK nearly thirty years ago, and while I remembered a lot of the plot (including the final reveal), what I didn't remember (or hadn't noticed) is how well constructed the novel was. Dick took great pains to "play fair" and leave enough bread crumbs to figure out what was going on if you paid attention. I was also interested in how "dated" the technological references might seem, since UBIK takes place in a 1996 with a Lunar Colony established (and others implied); there are a few moments in which the tech references show their age, but they don't detract.


    What other book might you compare Ubik to and why?

    In some ways this novel seems to have been a response (or even a commentary) on Kornbluth and Pohl's "The Space Merchants," while also involving some stylistic similarities to Bester's "The Stars My Destination" and Fritz Lieber's short story "Coming Attraction." But that's probably only me; UBIK is a legit, one of a kind original.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first time that Pat uses her power to change the past with Joe Chip and his boss Runciter.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't have seven-hour sittings available, but it did well in big chunks of an hour or so at a time while I was driving.


    Any additional comments?

    Luke Daniels' narration is a real plus, and made the character of Al much more central in my listening than he was way back when I read the novel the first time. I thought he also caught the sadistic/playful nuances in the character Pat much better than I would have imagined. But, then, Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrators.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    17/03/17
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    "Holy sh*t"

    Was listening to this book on a trip from California and let me tell you it is one of the most nail biting adventures I have ever listen. to Philip K Dick is a master at suspense and deception a must read. Just wait to the ending it's worth the whole ride

    34 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Kennedy
    Colorado Springs, CO USA
    24/11/16
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    "Incredible voice acting"

    This story is classic Philip K Dick. Definitely Philip K Dick at his weirdest. The voice acting in this performance is some of the best I have ever heard. The number of voices and characters in his repertoire is incredible. The wide variety of voices was particularly suitable for this story and it's whimsical, esoteric, and quirky details. This book is worth listening to for the voice acting alone, even though the story is a bit on the odd side.

    38 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Joe
    Dublin, Ohio
    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.

    44 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    PLANO, TX, United States
    29/08/16
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    "I liked it, but I haven't figured everything out.."

    I liked the story, but it was very confusing as to why certain things were happening, and when it ended I thought it was rather abrupt and didn't understand. I used to enjoy sci-fi quite a bit in my younger days, maybe age has dulled my abilities to figure stuff like this out... Anyway, it was entertaining and engaging, but to my ears an old fashioned sci-fi novel. Its primary goal is to make you think, entertainment is just a by- product.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie
    Elk Grove, CA, United States
    9/07/17
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    "Boring....boring"

    I found this book to be boring. Nothing much happens and there is no investment into the characters - in other words, I don't really want to know what happens next, and I don't wish to finish the story; couldn't care less. (sorry)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • joan
    YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States
    7/07/17
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    "I usually love Philip K. Dick"

    ...but this one is so far out that it's almost impossible to find the story.

    3 of 3 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.

    21 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Maldoror
    Washington, DC
    29/01/17
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    "Mind-bending."

    A truly original science-fiction novel, well performed by Luke Daniels. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys mindbending fiction.

    6 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.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. J. Forsyth
    Durham, England
    19/12/16
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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
  • Antonio Konitsiotis
    London, UK
    30/05/16
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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
  • Oliver
    10/05/16
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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
  • Amazon Customer
    26/05/16
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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
  • Bashy
    14/02/17
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kamila
    20/01/17
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • L
    28/01/17
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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
  • Donal
    westmeath, Ireland
    24/01/17
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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
  • Benjamin
    STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom
    18/07/17
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    "Excellent"

    Great narration. Original story bursting with clever ideas and a great ending. Way ahead of its time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    22/05/17
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    "As good as first read"

    One of my favorite books as a kid, just as good on audiobook now. Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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