• by Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A mind-bending, classic Philip K. Dick novel about the perception of reality.
Named as one of Time's 100 best books.

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business - deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time. As consumables deteriorate and technology gets ever more primitive, the group needs to find out what is causing the shifts and what a mysterious product called Ubik has to do with it all.


What the Critics Say

"From the stuff of space opera, Dick spins a deeply unsettling existential horror story, a nightmare you'll never be sure you've woken up from." (Lev Grossman, Time)
"More brilliant than similar experiments conducted by Pynchon or DeLillo." (Roberto BolaƱo)


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Customer Reviews

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Typical sci-fi for a male writer in the late 1960s

I've finished two hours and I can't go on. Women are either young and voluptuous or old hags. There's the implication of bartering sex for employment references. The technology seems tedious, your door can refuse to open if you can't pay it, likewise your refrigerator. Manual labor is handled by robots.... but only if you've up to date on your payments. I'm nearly 25% through the story and the plot hasn't really evolved over what I heard in the preview and read in the description. I'd recommend it for people studying writing and the history of fiction, which is an interesting subject since you get an interesting view of the society in which a book was written by the assumptions made by the writer. All people smoke, women are chosen for particular types of jobs, the amount of money necessary for certain basic needs is determined, but that doesn't make the story interesting and if its not there by the end of the first 90-120 minutes I'm not willing to give it more time. Even though I was in high school when the book was written and can remember those attitudes even nostalgia can't capture my interest in this book.
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- MsKate

Fantastic Performance

I read this book 24 years ago as a teenager. I grew up a Philip K Dick fan and truly loved this book. I hadn't read it since until recently, when audible offered it on sale, I thought it would be fun to listen to.

Wow! The narration of Luke Daniels makes this book so much fun to hear performed. Daniels brings the different characters to life with cleverly rendered voices. The book is as playful as it is mind-blowing.

I wish Philip K Dick were still around to hear his own work performed like this. I bet he would have loved it.
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- Joe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio