The Unreconstructed M and Other Stories

  • by Philip K Dick
  • Narrated by Ray Greenley
  • 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What if...a machine could murder one person while implicating another for the crime? An alien being looked like livestock but spoke like a philosopher? Earth was ruined by war, and Mars was humanity's only hope? Robots were created to wage an unending war on the ravaged surface of Earth while man hid underground? Peeking into the future showed a worse result with each look?
In The Unreconstructed M and Other Stories by master of science fiction Philip K. Dick, reality is as thin as imagination. Trust in your senses, your experience, and your expectations if you must. But be warned. What you do not know can leave you - and your world - forever changed!
"The Unreconstructed M" (1957), "Beyond Lies the Wub" (1952), "Strange Eden" (1954), "Survey Team" (1954), "The Defenders" (1953), "Beyond the Door" (1954), "Shell Game" (1954), "Piper in the Woods" (1953), "Meddler" (1954), "Of Withered Apples" (1954), "Progeny" (1954), "Upon the Dull Earth" (1954), "Human Is" (1955).


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Great stories by one of the great sci-fi writers.

Would you listen to The Unreconstructed M and Other Stories again? Why?

Yes I found the stories to be a great mix of traditional sci-fi with a good mix of horror and supernatural elements thrown in.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unreconstructed M and Other Stories?

There were several stories I really enjoyed, but my favorite was "Beyond Lies the Wup." It presents some interesting moral questions and I love the ending.

Have you listened to any of Ray Greenley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not.

Who was the most memorable character of The Unreconstructed M and Other Stories and why?

Peterson for certain.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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- Michael "Mike"

Mixed bag of Scifi, horror, spernatural and psych

This book serves as a good introduction to Philip K Dick and the scope of his works. While I had read some PKD stories before, the majority of my knowledge of his work comes from his many movie adaptions.

As with many short story collections there are a mix of hits and misses.The collection ranges from the poor (such as "Strange Eden") through to the great ("The Meddler", "Progeny" and "Human Is") with many others sitting on the good to great side of the scales.
Thankfully this collection has a lot good or great stories than those that are bad.

This collection is kind of like a collection of episodes of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limited. Short, self contained stories often with creepy or strange twists. The stories also cover a lot of topics. While most a science fiction, they also cover other genres such as horror ("Beyond the Door"), psychology ("Shell Game" and "Piper in the Woods") and supernatural ("Upon the Dull Earth"). It also covers some realistic dangers of technology ("The Defenders") and allowing robots to have too much control ("Progeny").

A lot of these stories are now 60 years old, and due to this they don't have the same 'kick' as they used to. The stories have been done again or something similar has been done, diluting the impact of their twists in the tail. Despite this they are still very entertaining reads.

Overall the collection is a 4.5 / 5 with the great stories far outweighing the occasional poor ones.

Ray Greenley does a fair job as the narration, a 3.5 / 5

He does characters well - giving each one a distinctive voice so that it is clear who is talking and makes things easy to follow. There are times when the emphasis he chose for the characters doesn't seem to fit how I would have understood it. So a character sounds angry when I thought the words and context lent them more to them being confused.

Also his general narration comes across a little stiff and dry. The flow isn't quite right and it is almost a bit robotic (although different to his robotic voices, which are clearly robotic in sound).

I would listen to more stuff he has narrated, but I wouldn't say it is outstanding work either.
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- Kingsley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2015
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