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The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

Written by: Philip K. Dick
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins

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On Mars, the harsh climate could make any colonist turn to drugs to escape a dead-end existence. Especially when the drug is Can-D, which transports its users into the idyllic world of a Barbie-esque character named Perky Pat. When the mysterious Palmer Eldritch arrives with a new drug called Chew-Z, he offers a more addictive experience, one that might bring the user closer to God. But in a world where everyone is tripping, no promises can be taken at face value.

This Nebula Award nominee is one of Philip K. Dick's enduring classics, at once a deep character study, a dark mystery, and a tightrope walk along the edge of reality and illusion.

©1964 Philip K. Dick (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Jerry Witt
  • 20-12-15

Fantastic and current

This may be the best book I've read in a decade.

Fifty years later and this book remains as insightful as ever. PKD delves into consumerism, virtual reality, and drug flashbacks before there were words to describe these things. His meditations on religion and the nature of a supreme being resonate today.

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  • Elvira Temple
  • 30-06-17

one of the best

great narrator, who put effort into voicing the characters. if you're a pkd fan get this one for sure

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-10-17

One of PKD's finest.

Stigmata is absolute genius. Of the pre 03/74 novels, it is one of the most reality warping, and simultaneously one of the wittiest, deepest, and most entertaining. As essential as Ubik to an understanding of the Dickian Canon.

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  • Adam Files
  • 14-03-18

get lost easily

can be hard to follow but as always, an impressive display of creativity. I fail to understand the end

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 15-01-18

Reality is for people who can't handle drugs

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch is a Philip K Dick story exploring the blurry line between reality and drug induced alternative realities. In a dystopian future time, Earth is succumbing to uncontrolled climate change, while the United Nations is using forced conscription to colonize Mars and other bodies around the solar system. Drug use is common in this group and a company that supplies articles for colonial distraction purposes also surreptitiously supplies a drug to assist. Into this situation, Palmer Eldritch returns from a interstellar visit with aliens and appears to have brought back an even more powerful drug. With the business under attack, attempts to sabotage the new drug are mounted.

Beyond the straightforward, but unremarkable space flight, Dick's sci-fi elements include global warming which was a bit prescient for the time as well as some rudimentary precognition. There is also advances in biology to result in epileptic inducing toxins as well as medical treatments intended to accelerate human evolution. The main focus of the tale, as with other Dick stories lies with the question of reality and how much is dependent on our perception versus an outside objective view.

The narration is quite respectable with a decent range of characters as well as good pacing and tone throughout.

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  • Timothy S Patterson
  • 14-04-17

An awesome Mind f*ck.

this book was incredible. I did not know what to expect at all and was happily surprised. I now know where most of the plot lines for science fiction movies come from.

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  • Maximus
  • 01-03-17

Stupefied.

I'm just not bright enough to keep up with the mental obstacle courses of Mr. PKD. Almost, though.... *sigh*

Not really. Crayon eater over here.

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  • Emily C. H. Thomas
  • 09-11-17

Strong Voice Acting; Story of Intrigue and Mystery

First things first: Luke Daniels did an amazing job with giving every character not just a separate personality, but a separate voice. I was able, more easily than many audiobooks, to tell every character apart by sound alone.

Phillip K. Dick's writing is always entertaining to me, including tons of small details that build and build to tell a larger picture by the end. Enjoyable as ever. The ever-narrowing gap between reality and the unreal is fantastically portrayed.

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  • John Hodgson
  • 12-06-17

typical PKD

Great narrator. Similar in style to Ubik. I enjoyed listening, but had to go back frequently to make sure I understood as it takes very strange turns. If you like weird, give it a listen.

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  • Neil Whitegull
  • 07-04-20

what is Your future, from your future spirit

Narration was good. This story is easier to follow than other PKD books. A timely idea where the new world order is giving up on stopping earths global warning and in an attempt to save humanity, conscription of planetary colonist sounds like a good idea, except no one wants to be a colonist. Hunmanity will be saved with Palmer returning to earth. Capitalism will not be interupted, and a power struggle for the top commodity ensues, or does it.

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  • Paul Inbj
  • 19-01-17

after this, I'm a reader who become a book

great listen. I also read the book in-between listens, still didn't understand it. but, it didn't stop me enjoying it.

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  • Thom
  • 30-12-18

great story, good narrator who made one off choice

don't want to spoil anything in the story, it's great barring some very mid-20th century writing on women, but the narrator made a bad choice in going for really strong regional accents for all the characters, there are better ways to differentiate different people in a reading

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-12-18

A great tripped out story

A well-performed tripped out story that takes your mind to other planets and other levels!

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  • Benjamin Pinsent
  • 16-09-18

mindbending

this is a great story told well and thanks to the voice I was able to keep track of the action. especially during the more trippy moments with choo-z

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-18

Intriguing

A fascinating, typically trippy novel from Philip K Dick. It is thought provoking and always interesting in its insights and structure. Ultimately, though, one does not care for the characters or their fates, which makes the whole experience one of the head rather than of the emotions.

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  • Connor
  • 05-07-17

What a fantastic novel

This novel created so much thought about consciousness and reality. Definitely worth a close read.

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  • Mr Stephen Davies
  • 20-08-16

Clever but at times confusing

PKD is very clever but I always seem to struggle getting thourgh his stories. perhaps from the way he writes. Maybe due to them being written in the 60's.
He was also known to be into drugs (LSD) alot so was way out there at times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-16

magnificent homage to H.P Lovecraft

Great narration

The story is already starting to move into the direction of Valis with a deep undercurrent of Gnostic mysticism

Feels very topical with the elements of global warming and solipsistic retreat into virtual reality