Philip K. Dick’s classic short story tells the story of Douglas Quail, an unfulfilled bureaucrat who dreams of visiting Mars, but can't afford the trip. Luckily, there is Rekal Incorporated, a company that lets everyday stiffs believe they’ve been on incredible adventures. The only problem is that when technicians attempt a memory implant of a spy mission to Mars, they find that real memories of just such a trip are already in Quail's brain. Suddenly, Quail is running for his life from government agents, but his memories might make him more of a liability than he is worth.
this is a well known and excellent story, different than the movie of course. i do think this is contained within one of the other short story collections of PKD and I didn't double check before buying. still a good performance, but may even be same reader as other collection. I have grown to like PKD more and more but generally his alternate reality ideas are his best in my opinion, Scanner, Androids, Valis, Policeman so far the best.
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Was the main character in a dream, or did the events actually happen?
PKD draws upon unique ideas, and creates a surprisingly realistic premises from the completely bizare, and he does so in an interesting way. It is funny to me that he could bring forth more in a short story, than many authors seem capable of writing in endless hours of written material.
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Pdk stories often deal with issues of perception and reality. What is really real..? Ubik for example
Often a PKD does do this.
Enjoyed at the time about 3 months ago.
Driving on a country road, visiting the supermarket,
cooking a meal, anytime really, I can find myself thinking about this one.
Maybe it is a Mars thing.
One can always count on Phillip Dick to give you that surprise ending that will give you just enough of a chill to keep you from sleeping for the next few hours!
While this story is the original to Total Recall, and the movies that follow bear little to no resemblance to it (a 3 chapter book making a 2 hour movie?!) but if you read the story, which lacks all the depth and detail of the movie versions, you can see where and how it has been changed to fit to the big screen.
And there's always that weird ending which starts sounding like so much nonsense, but after a few minutes it'll develop into something that's really internally disturbing, that you never can tell when the true depth will pop up and become so haunting that you'll feel creeped out for some time.
I really really enjoyed this audiobook. Great narration as well. I wish it was longer.
it was much shorter than I was expecting. the movies hit on some key points, but I won't hold my breath for any Hollywood exec to be ballsey enough to use the ending. the ending sealed this as one my favorite short stories. the narrator does a bang up job as Quade. He just does silly voices for the women though. I recommend it.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes, as a short story. It is well-written and compelling but I think I prefer the film which is longer and has more in it.
If you’ve listened to books by Philip K. Dick before, how does this one compare?
This is the first I've heard. Though I prefer the film version I will probably check out other works by the author.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
Performance was good. Well-read.
Could you see Total Recall being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
It already has been, but the movie and the book are very different. The movie is like an expanded version of the short story, with more twists and characters. Both are worthwhile in their own way.
Any additional comments?
Would have been great if the author had expanded this into a novel or series. It has a lot of potential for development of the universe and characters.
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Where does Total Recall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Right up there with the best.
What did you like best about this story?
Very original story and different from the two movies made based on this story.
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