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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.

Ce que les critiques disent

"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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  • Steve
  • 2016-07-10

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.

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  • Sensible Shopper
  • 2017-07-01

I Wanted to Like It

This is one of those books that is either genius or well... not genius. Maybe I am just not smart enough to "get" it. I can admit that, no harm. In the beginning I wanted to like it, hell by the middle I just wanted to understand it. By the end I figured I must have somehow missed an important bit of narration that was the necessary key to unlocking the meaning of the book. It was confusing, emotionally fragmented and just downright baffling. I would give you a short synopsis of the story, but I never did figure out what the story was. Don't get me wrong... there were moments of sheer brilliance, glimpses of shining insight and a breath of deep and profound vision. And then, I was just back to being confused. Can't recommend this one.

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  • rosemary
  • 2017-06-30

Wierd

Joe Chip dauntless in his pursuit of Ubik. He encounters some devious people and half lifers.

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  • Sarah Ishida
  • 2017-07-15

Confusing

Just like the characters were unsure about what's happening to them, I was confused listening. Unlike a murder mystery or something of that sort, they were in a sci-fi then parallel world of people with varying/unknown skills and I had trouble keeping up. The last few chapter where everything was being explained was interesting.

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  • Garneke
  • 2017-07-14

Not a fan - interesting idea but...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The reader had a nice variety of voices, but I hate most of them. His voice for Glen Runciter seriously gave me a headache - it was like he was always angry and yelling and I kept turning the volume down. Drove me nuts and made me really hate the character which I don't think was the intent of the author.

Would you ever listen to anything by Philip K. Dick again?

Don't think so. I understand that describing people and places are the job of the author so the reader can visualize the story, but I could not stand all the excessive and over the top descriptions of people and their clothes - not only could I not relate but I had no interest to. The story was written in 1969 in a futuristic time, so I have to give him some leeway. But his future really sucked - who in there right mind would pay to enter and leave their own home. And the continual advertisements for Ubik products were completely unrelated to anything specially when at the end they discuss Ubik as a single product. The story did not make a lot of since - he spends a great deal of time on one character, Pat, with this extraordinary talent and she never does anything in the entire story. The main character Joe Chip is a frickin loser and yet the boss praises him and trusts his company to him - not a chance in hell. And fine if strange things happen in the "half-life", whatever, I'll let it slide it is creative - but for those in half-life to alter things in the real world... just another example of how this story line was ill conceived. If you liked it as a kid, sorry, but maybe a young kid would be the best audience.

Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

No I still have a headache from all his angry loud voices.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ubik?

Cut all the ads, stupid and add no value. I would cut Pat or give her a part in the story but not just waste our time with her. I would cut the ending where Joe Chip's face appears in Runciter's money it does not follow any of the "logic" of the story and adds no value.

Any additional comments?

I went back to listen to section of the story to remember some details for this review and I barely made 20 seconds before I quit... This story really irritated me and the narration makes my blood pressure rise as it is so uncomfortable to listen to. I listen to the entire story because it got great reviews and I have been pleasantly surprised in the past by stories that have a very strong ending - this was not one of those. I am not a fan.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-03-17

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

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  • Leslie
  • 2017-07-09

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)

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  • Andrew Kennedy
  • 2016-11-24

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.

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  • Joe
  • 2016-06-12

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.

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  • joan
  • 2017-07-07

I usually love Philip K. Dick

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

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