• The Simulacra

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On a ravaged Earth, fate and circumstances bring together a disparate group of characters, including a fascist with dreams of a coup, a composer who plays his instrument with his mind, a First Lady who calls all the shots, and the world’s last practicing therapist. And they all must contend with an underclass that is beginning to ask a few too many questions, aided by a man called Loony Luke and his very persuasive pet alien.

In classic Philip K. Dick fashion, The Simulacra combines time travel, psychotherapy, telekinesis, androids, and Neanderthal-like mutants to create a rousing, mind-bending story where there are conspiracies within conspiracies and nothing is ever what it seems.

©1992 Laura Coelho, Christopher Dick, and Isa Hackett (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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You got any toast

cause this is my jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam :-) this is my Kawasaki this is my face melting this is my ham

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In a mad world, only the mad are sane.

“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Like a lot of PKD's novels, 'The Simulacra' was messy. I mean messy and complex and absurd and filled with fractals and digressions. Genius in parts, yes. But mostly messy genius. It felt like I was driving a BMW assembled by the art/pit-crew from Mad Max, perhaps.

I loved the concept of it. Dr. Superb, the only remaining psychotherapist in a world filled with the crazy and cranky. He wrote this novel like he just invented the 3 or 4 main characters, starved them a bit, and set them on a collision course and, of course, sat back and watched and wrote.

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I'll vote this high but...

only cause I'm into Philip K Dick and it's interesting to see his progression as an author. this story is clunky and amateur. it shows that even the greats need practice. I do like the themes though.

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Narrator is Terrible

I'm sad that Dick Hill is the narrator of more than one Philip K. Dick book. I can't bear listening to him. It sounds like he's struggling to speak. Maybe he has emphysema. Dick Hill is probably a fine person, but I don't understand why Audible has him as a narrator.

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Very nice

Very nice book. Nice performance . The book was produced during the productive years. I recommend it.

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narration is very boring

narration is very boring its almost like a text to speech... ... really more emotion less robotc would be better

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  • Kamawan
  • 07-28-16

Decent book

Narrator was so staccato-robotic that for the first half an hour I honestly could not tell, try as I might, if he was a real person, or an artificial text-to-speech voice, such as Microsoft text-to-speech. Still wouldn't be suprised if it turned out to be artificial. Made it difficult to listen to.

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  • marie
  • 12-23-12

Philip K Dick is a genius

His stuff reads surprising well. Read aloud you get the time to appreciate his philosophical musings.

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  • Dan
  • 12-05-21

Terrible voice

The voice is unbearable, like an aged 80s computer. Such a waste of apparently a good book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-21

do not buy

awful narration do not buy. do not buy do not buy awful robot narration that lags

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  • G
  • 09-24-21

good but not great

Not one of PKDs best but still pretty good. Gets a bit confusing with too many pov characters who aren't distinct enough, but some great ideas as ever.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-30-17

Excellent example of PKD

The fluidity of reality and constant intrusion of the paranoid is well shaded in much of this story, but the sheer number of characters may prove overwhelming to a reader unfamiliar with Philip K Dick style