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Valis

Lu par : Phil Gigante
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What is VALIS? This question is at the heart of Philip K. Dick's groundbreaking novel, the first book in his defining trilogy. When a beam of pink light begins giving a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat (who just might also be known as Philip K. Dick) visions of an alternate Earth where the Roman Empire still reigns, he must decide whether he is crazy or whether a godlike entity is showing him the true nature of the world.

VALIS is essential listening for any true Philip K. Dick fan, a novel that Roberto Bolaño called "more disturbing than any novel by [Carson] McCullers." By the end, like Dick himself, you will be left wondering what is real, what is fiction, and just what the price is for divine inspiration.

©1981 Philip K. Dick (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Michael
  • 16/03/2016

Life changing

This is exactly the kind of story I need to hear. If you are dealing with depression or you feel alone and confused about the Universe, I would highly recommend this book. It maybe baffling at times, but that just makes me feel more connected with the characters (especially Dick himself). It won't make you less crazy, but you might feel less alone. You may even find a spark of faith you never thought you had.

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  • Mark
  • 06/11/2016

Brilliant

Creative and cleverly witty. An impressive mix of theology, gnosticism, psychology and humor. Expertly narrated.

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  • William Fletcher
  • 02/01/2018

love this book

really helps me deal with the hard days and the sad times to search for a God with PKD. hopefully something has my back.

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  • Andreea Marin
  • 07/03/2017

Horselover Fat, Marin County, Is this even real?

Would you listen to Valis again? Why?

Yes. I enjoyed the book, but like before I will follow along in the text. I found it useful to make use of both formats.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Horselover Fat is a fantastic character for many reasons: 1. he transposes his visions/dreams to what could be alternative realities of real life on Earth, 2. he is basically Philip K. Dick so he is automatically amazing.

What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

His voice with a hint of "southern-ness" when speaking for Horselover Fat aided to his characterization, particularly when trying to shape a character who is altogether somewhat unreliable and could be perceived as lacking in his mental faculties.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Is this even real?

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  • J.W.
  • 25/08/2016

Briljant, original or ramblings

Can't make up my mind on this one. So much philosophical rambling and semi religious stuff that I was waiting for it to end really badly. But it brilliantly weaves aliens with dreamworld with religion and science into one big hallucination that makes it really hard to pin down.

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  • Anna Rae
  • 12/09/2019

Definitely not for those who are new to PKD

I’m really shocked that anyone who hasn’t read a few PKD books would start with this one...it’s definitely a great book and it’s not like you can’t understand it at all without having read his other books, however, you will have a much easier time discerning what’s fact and what’s fiction if you know the author better and have read some of his other books. Some of the ideas in this book are scattered through out his other books, the Tibetan book of the dead is a big theme in Ubik, seeing god then becoming depressed to the point of suicide was also a theme in Scanner Darkly, the clay pots and young girl theme comes up in Three Stigmata. When you read into the author, you find out these are based on real life experiences. So much of the first half of this book is based on his real life experiences, actually. It helps to have those novels to connect some of these ideas to.

I was obsessed with the first half of this book, and it wasn’t until the last 2 chapters or so that I felt myself being slightly uninterested. In usual PKD fashion, the ending was sort of a flop. However, the book in its entirety was so good it didn’t totally ruin it for me at all. And there are two more to this series. Looking forward to them.

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  • Josh I.
  • 30/07/2019

voice actor was great. Story was lacking

The story was very hard to follow, a bit boring and very depressing. It was like a religion omelet filled with a lot of mumbo jumbo. Not sure what was supposed to be real events from his life and what wasn't.

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  • Mr.
  • 14/06/2019

Tough one to get through

This was my toughest PKD to get through so far, except for the Exegesis, which I gave up after 12h. Not surprisingly, a lot of this book is about the Exegesis, but shortened down, and with a little narrative and characters to hold it all together. Not sure I am a great fan of this late phase of the author.

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  • Rob
  • 15/05/2019

Loved it!

The first half was a little slow but the last half hit me pretty hard. This was my first PKD novel as well. Enjoyed it quite a bit!

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  • Cole B
  • 11/04/2019

PKD is a trip

How can anyone NOT be a fan of PKD?

His short stories are some of the best I’ve ever read — and I mean that.

Hollywood steals his themes and his worlds.

He puts you in a time and place, and then rips the carpet out from under your feet.

But all those worlds started to get to him, I think. 2-3-74 happened, and things really started to get weird.

VALIS is a trip. It’s intriguing, silly, and at times confusing. Punch the ticket and take the ride.