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The Collected Works of Philip K. Dick: 11 Science Fiction Stories

Written by: Philip K. Dick
Narrated by: Kevin Killavey
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
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The Collected Works of Philip K. Dick is a collection of 11 science fiction stories by Philip K. Dick. Included in this audiobook:

  • 1. "Beyond Lies the Wub"
  • 2. "Beyond the Door"
  • 3. "Mr. Spaceship"
  • 4. "Piper in the Woods"
  • 5. "Second Variety"
  • 6. "The Crystal Crypt"
  • 7. "The Defenders"
  • 8. "The Eyes Have It"
  • 9. "The Gun"
  • 10. "The Skull"
  • 11. "The Variable Man"
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  • cindilla
  • 2012-12-18

Good Stories...well read.

Where does The Collected Works of Philip K. Dick: 11 Science Fiction Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wow. Hard to believe one reviewer and I were listening to the same book. I thought the stories were excellent and the reader did a very good job. One of the best audiobooks I've heard.

What did you like best about this story?

The variety of stories.

What about Kevin Killavey’s performance did you like?

Great job with the many voices.

Any additional comments?

To each his own I guess but hard to see how someone could pan a book like this.

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  • Alan VanCouvering
  • 2018-01-11

Good enough tales, hard to listen to.

Serms to me that Phillip K Dick does better work on longer stories. Some of his characters made me cringe with how stupid they were. However, as a fan of the author and genre, you should read these stories.

And I do mean read. My main issue with this product is the reader. During most of the book I was instinctively sniffing. The reader sounds so stuffed up during some sections that I hoped he would stop and blow his nose. Overall an unpleasant thing to listen to.

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  • Sailfish
  • 2016-03-01

Not His Best Work But Worthy

These short stories were fun to listen to as well as being solidly in the realm of good SyFy. Anyone listening to them will enjoy most, if not all, of them. Normally, I'm prepared to experience either mediocre or the worst when I purchase either Collected Works or multiple author short stories packages. I'm pleased to say that was not one of those times.

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  • Logan79
  • 2019-02-16

It's PKD what's not to love

a bunch of short stories from PKD. Well worth a credit. It's easy to have a few favorites in this compilation.

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  • W. GIlroy
  • 2019-02-08

MON-OHtone

Great writing distressed by the muted nasal passages of the reader. The effect is such that one story bleeds into the other and you lose track of where one ends and the other begins. listen for no more than One half hour at a time.

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  • Jose Hassan
  • 2019-02-05

Perspective on Collected Works

Given the historical perspective of one who’s grew up during the 20th century Cold War era; a ‘Baby Boomer’; I found Dick’s perspectives constrained by the geo politics of that era, and struggled to get, my thoughts, past the beaded background theme of these stories, which seemed centered in that time.

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  • Micropirate
  • 2018-08-21

2nd Variety is a standout. Better than Screamers<br />

Great stories revelent today. Funny in every story he assumes video phones will be the big communication device of the future.

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  • NRP
  • 2018-07-11

Great stories, but not his full collection

Several of Philip K. Dick's stories have been turned into movies or TV shows. I really wanted to read the stories that were the basis for what I've watched, but stories like Minority Report were not included. However, I watched "The Second Kind" this past weekend, which I didn't even know was made into a movie until I started watching it and recognized the story. I will look for more of his collections or novel. He has a fascinating mind and very interesting stories.

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  • Felix
  • 2017-12-07

never a fan Boi but...

a trip through time and space, writing that will no doubt will by far out live us...

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  • Barbara
  • 2015-01-01

Stories are awesome, narration not so much

Would you try another book from Philip K. Dick and/or Kevin Killavey?

I would absolutely listen to more Philip K. Dick books. As for listening to Kevin Killavey again, I would have to pass. his voice is nice enough but he has that "I have way too much saliva in my mouth" sound. His S's sound like "TTTHHHHHH" It's kind of gross.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Collected Works of Philip K. Dick: 11 Science Fiction Stories?

I don't think it's so much there was a memorable story that stood out. All of them are memorable. The thing I found fascinating is how many modern stories have been taken from one single short story and then some. You can see the roots of Terminator, Battlestar Galactica and an unblushing "borrowing" on Spielberg's part to "inspire" his film AI ei: David and his teddy bear.

What didn’t you like about Kevin Killavey’s performance?

He has a nice voice, but he sounds like he's drowning in his own saliva most of the time.

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