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Valis

Written by: Philip K. Dick
Narrated by: Phil Gigante
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
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What is VALIS? This question is at the heart of Philip K. Dick's groundbreaking novel, the first book in his defining trilogy. When a beam of pink light begins giving a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat (who just might also be known as Philip K. Dick) visions of an alternate Earth where the Roman Empire still reigns, he must decide whether he is crazy or whether a godlike entity is showing him the true nature of the world.

VALIS is essential listening for any true Philip K. Dick fan, a novel that Roberto Bolaño called "more disturbing than any novel by [Carson] McCullers." By the end, like Dick himself, you will be left wondering what is real, what is fiction, and just what the price is for divine inspiration.

©1981 Philip K. Dick (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Michael
  • 2016-03-16

Life changing

This is exactly the kind of story I need to hear. If you are dealing with depression or you feel alone and confused about the Universe, I would highly recommend this book. It maybe baffling at times, but that just makes me feel more connected with the characters (especially Dick himself). It won't make you less crazy, but you might feel less alone. You may even find a spark of faith you never thought you had.

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  • Mark
  • Madison, WI, United States
  • 2016-11-06

Brilliant

Creative and cleverly witty. An impressive mix of theology, gnosticism, psychology and humor. Expertly narrated.

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  • Andreea Marin
  • Canada
  • 2017-03-07

Horselover Fat, Marin County, Is this even real?

Would you listen to Valis again? Why?

Yes. I enjoyed the book, but like before I will follow along in the text. I found it useful to make use of both formats.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Horselover Fat is a fantastic character for many reasons: 1. he transposes his visions/dreams to what could be alternative realities of real life on Earth, 2. he is basically Philip K. Dick so he is automatically amazing.

What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

His voice with a hint of "southern-ness" when speaking for Horselover Fat aided to his characterization, particularly when trying to shape a character who is altogether somewhat unreliable and could be perceived as lacking in his mental faculties.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Is this even real?

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  • J.W.
  • Senningen, Luxembourg
  • 2016-08-25

Briljant, original or ramblings

Can't make up my mind on this one. So much philosophical rambling and semi religious stuff that I was waiting for it to end really badly. But it brilliantly weaves aliens with dreamworld with religion and science into one big hallucination that makes it really hard to pin down.

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  • William Fletcher
  • 2018-01-02

love this book

really helps me deal with the hard days and the sad times to search for a God with PKD. hopefully something has my back.

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  • Mr.
  • 2019-06-14

Tough one to get through

This was my toughest PKD to get through so far, except for the Exegesis, which I gave up after 12h. Not surprisingly, a lot of this book is about the Exegesis, but shortened down, and with a little narrative and characters to hold it all together. Not sure I am a great fan of this late phase of the author.

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  • Rob
  • 2019-05-15

Loved it!

The first half was a little slow but the last half hit me pretty hard. This was my first PKD novel as well. Enjoyed it quite a bit!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-15

Fun

The central Roman Empire ended around 475 AD, so I'm removing a star for historical inaccuracy. Otherwise, it was a fun read.

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  • Cole B
  • Eugene, OREGON, United States
  • 2019-04-11

PKD is a trip

How can anyone NOT be a fan of PKD?

His short stories are some of the best I’ve ever read — and I mean that.

Hollywood steals his themes and his worlds.

He puts you in a time and place, and then rips the carpet out from under your feet.

But all those worlds started to get to him, I think. 2-3-74 happened, and things really started to get weird.

VALIS is a trip. It’s intriguing, silly, and at times confusing. Punch the ticket and take the ride.

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  • Pentachoron
  • RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, United States
  • 2019-03-10

wow. .

Almost every great doctor who story line came from this book and A Scanner Darkly.