The Penultimate Truth

  • by Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by Nick Podehl
  • 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the future, most of humanity lives in massive underground bunkers, producing weapons for the nuclear war they’ve fled. Constantly bombarded by patriotic propaganda, the citizens of these industrial anthills believe they are waiting for the day when the war will be over and they can return above ground. But when Nick St. James, president of one anthill, makes an unauthorized trip to the surface, what he finds is more shocking than anything he could imagine.

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Not One of Dick's Best

I've read or listened to about 15 of Philip K. Dick's novels and, unfortunately, this is not one of his best. The Penultimate Truth is basically an expansion of Dick's excellent short story, "The Defenders," which involves a dystopian post-atomic war society where Wes-Dem (Western Democracy) survivors live underground, informed by their government that the war continues and that the surface of the Earth is too toxic to allow long-term human survival. Beyond that, The Penultimate Truth involves a Wes-Dem president Talbot Yancy, who is really an artificial simulacrum programmed to read speeches written by skilled propagandists, called Yance-men. The main hero of the novel, Nicholas St. James, is the president of a densely packed underground housing unit, christened the "Tom Mix," who is coerced by residents to venture to the surface in search of an artificial pancreas necessary to save the life of the Tom Mix's resident mechanic. As in most Dick novels, there are various plot threads, conspiracies and eccentrics characters, but all in all the plot and themes seem a bit too thin to sustain a full length PKD novel. Newcomers to Philip K. Dick would be better off starting out with UBIK, The Man in the High Castle or Dr. Bloodmoney, which are much better books.
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- Richard L. Rubin

Not the dick I wanted

I've read about 20 PKD books and this is the first one I was just unable to finish but to be honest it could of been the narrator. The part where he has to talk as an older man that can hardly breath is almost unlistenable had to turn it off it was pretty annoying. Although other then that his regular speaking voice was tolerable it was just that one characters voice.
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- jason

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-24-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio