The Adjustment Bureau (Anglais) CD – Livre audio, 4 mars 2011
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Any review of this book would have to start off with stating that it relatively short, consisting of only 1 cd that is approximately 1 hour in length. For $10 that is quite expensive. On the positive side the story very much epitomizes Philip K Dick. Fans (including the non-hardcore) would love it. The audiobook is also very well read in terms of the narrator’s tone matching the Twilight Zone nature of the story as well as never being boring or monotone. The latter are quite accomplishments considering the slow pace of the story.
Originally published in 1954, Adjustment Team is a short story depicting a man who, to borrow from Vonnegut, becomes unstuck in time. And being out of his proper temporal place, he see things in a very different way. For one thing, solid objects crumble at his touch. To his horror, this includes people. At some point, he runs into a group of grey men who are changing things, including his co-workers. He eventually makes it back to his own time. In the end, he learns exactly what the men were doing and why and he lives happily ever after.
As a story, Adjustment Team is classic 1950's sci-fi. I can easily imagine it as a 25-minute episode of the Twilight Zone. In fact, it reminded me of a similar story I had seen on the New Twilight Zone,called A Matter of Minutes, wherein a couple becomes unstuck in time and witnesses blue men with blue tools doing similar things to the world. It seems that episode was based on the 1941 story, Yesterday Was Monday, by Theodore Sturgeon. But it is also reminiscent of Stephen King's The Langoliers. Even so, I don't really have a problem with Adjustment Team. It does what Philip Kindred Dick intended for it to do.
I also have no problem with the unabridged audio version of THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU from Brilliance Audio. Paul Gigante brings the book to life nicely. His pleasant voice and energy make the 58-minute product very easy to listen to.
Overall, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU is a solid product. I recommend it.
Phil Gigante does an excellent job reading this story -- the drama and terror really comes across well. I enjoyed "The Adjustment Team," I'm glad I've finally read the story that the popular movie was based on, and I'm particularly happy to be able to listen to short stories on audio. However... The audiobook is less than an hour long and it costs (at this writing) $11. As much as I enjoyed it, I just can't recommend spending that much money for so little story, especially when the Kindle version costs only 99¢.