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  • Iliad

  • By: Homer, Stanley Lombardo - translator
  • Narrated by: Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The first of Homer's great epic poems, the Iliad portrays the final days of the Trojan war. The Iliad has stood the test of time and is still one of (it not the) best depictions of ancient warfare. It is an essential precursor to the infamous journey of Odysseus. Translated by Stanley Lombardo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • translation and performance are superb

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-10-2018

translation and performance are superb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-2018

I have found the Iliad hard work on previous reads, and never sure that I had absorbed the key moments. this translation is so direct in it's choice of words and rhythm, I found myself moved to tears at several points

  • The Penultimate Truth

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In the future, most of humanity lives in massive underground bunkers, producing weapons for the nuclear war they’ve fled. Constantly bombarded by patriotic propaganda, the citizens of these industrial anthills believe they are waiting for the day when the war will be over and they can return above ground. But when Nick St. James, president of one anthill, makes an unauthorized trip to the surface, what he finds is more shocking than anything he could imagine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • similar to the Simulacra

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-10-2018

similar to the Simulacra

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-2018

Post world war 3, robots called leady, and manufactured reality. This story expands the earlier short stories The Defenders and The Unreconstructed M and incorporates elements of The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike, Dr and The Mold of Yancy

  • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

  • The Untold Story of a Lost World
  • By: Steve Brusatte
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Sixty-six million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the earth. Today a new generation of dinosaur hunters, armed with cutting-edge technology, is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs created a hugely successful empire that lasted for around 150 million years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good!

  • By Will on 13-06-2018

A summary without a thesis

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-2018

This book is recommended as a summary of the current thinking on dinosaurs organised around a timeline of their time in Earth. Beyond this it, it had very little to say. Unlike the Robert Bakker book of the 1980s, it advanced no interesting new thesis. Furthermore, it was peppered with pastiche descriptions of characters from paleontology that made me cringe. By the end, it had undermined my interest in dinosaurs, since it indicated no current debates and read like an apologia for a discipline that had slipped into dullness

  • The Game-Players of Titan

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Years ago, Earth and Titan fought a war and Earth lost. The planet was irradiated and most of the surviving population is sterile. The few survivors play an intricate and unending game called Bluff at the behest of the sluglike aliens who rule the planet. At stake in the game are two very important commodities: land and spouses. Pete Garden just lost his wife and Berkeley, California, but he has a plan to win them back. That is, if he isn’t derailed by aliens, psychic traitors, or his new wife.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Familiar elements but less sustained

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-06-2018

Familiar elements but less sustained

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-2018

The story has many of my favorite PKD elements, including a post apocalyptic and depopulated world, psionic talents, aliens from within the solar system, and questions of reality. However, unlike most other titles with these elements, it seemed to provide canned answers, rather than sustained disorientation

  • We Can Build You

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

In this lyrical and moving novel, Philip K. Dick intertwines the story of a toxic love affair with one about sentient robots, and unflinchingly views it all through the prism of mental illness - which spares neither human nor robot. The end result is one of Dick’s most quietly powerful works. When Louis Rosen’s electronic-organ company builds a pitch-perfect robotic replica of Abraham Lincoln, the firm is pulled into the orbit of a shady businessman, who is looking to use Lincoln for his own profit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Android or human?

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-06-2018

Android or human?

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-2018

A prequel to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep that manages to write Philip K Dick into the timeline be reference to my favorite short story Nanny

  • The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

This novel, Dick said, is about Leo Runcible, "a brilliant, civic minded liberal Jew living in a rural WASP town in Marin County, California." Runcible, a real estate agent involved in a local battle with a neighbor, finds what look like Neanderthal bones in Marin and dreams of rising real estate prices because of the publicity. But it turns out that the remains are more recent, the result of an environmental problem polluting the local water supply.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read Confessions of a Crap Artist first

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-04-2018

Read Confessions of a Crap Artist first

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-2018

While it shares the setting and many concerns of Confessions of a Crap Artist, I did not find it as compelling

  • Dr. Futurity

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

When Dr. Jim Parsons awakens after a car accident, he finds himself in a future populated almost entirely by the young. But for the young to keep running the world, death is fetishized, and those who survive to old age are put down. In such a world, Parsons - with his innate desire to save lives - is a criminal and an outcast. For one revolutionary group, however, he may be just the savior they need to heal and revive their cryogenically frozen leader.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable time travel story

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-03-2018

An enjoyable time travel story

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-2018

As an early PKD novel, there was less of the dazzling inventiveness, but the time travel narrative was plotted very well.

The sociology of the world reminds me of Ursula Le Guin

  • Volume IV: The Minority Report

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Joyce Bean
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

The Minority Report is the fourth installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. This generous collection contains 18 stories and novellas written between 1954 and 1963, years in which Dick produced some of his most memorable work, including such novels as Martian Time Slip and the Hugo Award-winning The Man in the High Castle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Several proto novels in this collection

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-2017

Several proto novels in this collection

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-2017

This collection is easy to recommend to PKD fans. Not only does it contain the excellent Minority Report, it also contains early versions of Simulacra, UBIK, and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

  • Volume III: Upon the Dull Earth

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Upon the Dull Earth is the third installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. This generous collection contains 22 stories and novellas written in 1953 and 1954, along with extensive - and valuable - story notes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • PKD hits his stride

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-08-2017

PKD hits his stride

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-2017

I really enjoyed the later stories in this collection. Pay the Printer is a great, but there is also a good measure of intrigue and twists in many of the stories

  • Volume II: Adjustment Team

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Adjustment Team is the second installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. This wide-ranging collection contains 26 stories and novellas from the extraordinarily productive years of 1952 and 1953, along with extensive story notes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mixed bag

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-2017

A mixed bag

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-2017

I loved The Second Variety and The trouble with Bubbles, but there was a definite pattern too many of the stories