The Man in the High Castle

  • by Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by Jeff Cummings
  • 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan. This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to awake.

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Like listening to brightly coloured paint dry.

So, we have all seen the thrilling trailers for the Prime Series and we want to get a jump on it and listen to the book.Great marketing from Amazon as we will watch the series and get the book. Win win for them.

My advice is don't bother with the book. I've not seen the series but it can't be worse than the book. The trailers alone seem more interesting.

Other than the alternate history slant there is nothing else to this book, the characters are dull and undeveloped and there is barely a story line until the last 2 hours. The author just seems to be using the characters as a vehicle to describe his alternate world and it just makes the whole experience confusing and dull.

The best way I can describe it is like watching two grand-masters play chess. You are watching the chess pieces going about the board with no emotional attachment to them or no idea what on earth their significance is to the over all match. Until BAM! A grand master says 'Check' and you snap out of your lethargy and realise something has happened and you're wondering what it was and what it's significance is. You're then left watching the chase as the grand master goes to finish the match, but you still don't care about the pieces and you're still none the wise as to what the hell is going on.

The narration wasn't the best either, can't put my finger on it but for me it wasn't working.

All in all, the only reason the majority of us is reading this book is because of the series. Not because it is well written and interesting.
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- Mrs

Promising idea. Tedious execution.

There's so much about this scenario that could make a great story. It is, however, the most tedious read in my eight years as an audible listener. The whole book seems to revolve around the extremely dull inner thoughts of very uninteresting people. There are no characters you can invest in. Nobody to care about at all.

There is so much potential in this imaginary world where the Nazis and Japanese won World War II. But he completely misses the chance to give us anything gripping or even remotely interesting. It's all inner monologues about the political situations and no story. I am however going to watch the TV series. It cannot fail to be better than the book.
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- Dean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-06-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio