• by Robert Sheckley
  • Narrated by Tom Weiner
  • 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Interstellar travel to alien worlds is too expensive for Marvin, a college student in need of a good vacation. And so he signs up for what he can afford: a mind swap, in which his consciousness is swapped into the body of an alien life-form.
Unfortunately, Marvin finds himself in the body of an interstellar criminal—a body that he has to vacate, fast. But that criminal consciousness has stolen Marvin’s earthly body. Now Marvin has to find a body on the black market just to stay alive!
Travel with Marvin from world to world, each one crazier than the last, as he keeps finding far-from-ideal bodies in awful situations.


What the Critics Say

“Sheckley has long been considered one of the genre's leading humorists.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Always he crackles with ideas.” (Kingsley Amis)
“Witty and ingenious…A draught of pure Voltaire and tonic.” (J. G. Ballard)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great Story With a REALLY Weird Ending

Any additional comments?

This is NOT a book in which you can explain "how it ends" to another person.

I mean...

Sheckley is an amazing science-fiction author.
The book itself is amazingly put together....up until about the 29th chapter.
After that, it gets BEYOND insane.
I wish I could explain to you what exactly takes place, or maybe where the "problem" in the book begins, but it is SO far beyond my vocabulary that I think it would be futile.

All I will say is that, if you are a fan of Robert Sheckley's other works, then be sure to check this one out. But if this might be your introduction to Sheckley, maybe check out "Dimension of Miracles" or "Immortality Inc." instead.

9.0 / 10.0

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- Niels J. Rasmussen "Dr. Nils Rasmussen"

Swap your brain and lose your body

R. Sheckley masterly ridicules psychology, history, cosmology and philosophy. Mindswap is a witty lampoon, a pastiche not meant to be taken seriously. In a Sheckleyan world anything can happen, verging on the absurd. Well, but doesn't our life seem absurd at times?
Perhaps, the idea behind Mindswap is that you can't take life (and reality) too seriously with its twists and turns. If you plunge into the unknown, don't try to explain things, take advantage of an alternative reality and have fun. I did!
But if it's your first encounter with Sheckley's waggish humour, I'd suggest Immortality Inc. and The Status Civilization for a start.
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- ESK "There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.