I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
DIAL A MOOD
PKD has a huge following. If you have already read a couple of Dick's books then you already know if you are a fan or not. This book has the cerebral feel of his work. Dick was a very troubled individual, who was married five times and was clinically mentally disturbed. I only mention this, as his personality comes out strongly in most of his writings. You will never come out of a Dick book feeling uplifted. He was highly intelligent and that also comes out in his work.
This takes place after World War Terminus. Most of the world has migrated to other planets. The radiation of Earth shortens the life and affects the mentality of the people who have stayed on the mostly abandoned Earth. Everyone on Earth owns a pet to show his empathy. The problem is that most animals are extinct and the ones left are very expensive. Some people have robot animals, as they are much less expensive, but you hide the fact that your animal is not real.
I prefer PKD's shorter works. The shorter works give you a chance to experience his brilliant mind and innovated ideas on how the future will be, without the hours long depression his books give you.
I ask the PKD followers to not unhelp me simply cause we disagree. The type of people who like the books I like and dislike the books I dislike, should not waste there money on these books. The PKD followers should get the book. Reviews of differing opinions should be allowed.
Scott Brick's narration fits the mood of the book.
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
As a long-time science fiction reader I wanted to give this book a try, but the narrator is so bad, so lackadaisical and unmotivated that I think I will buy the paperback instead. I cannot stand listening to this guy drone on.
If you were born before 1960, the hopelessness and futility makes perfect sense. Given the tools he had, what a wonderful statement. I loved it.
Expect a broken heart. That's what we all waited for.
I found this book very slow going and a lot of it seemed aimless and pointless. Brick's reading drags and is read in a dreary tone. I've listened to approximately 100 audible books and only two were so bad that I set my iPod at fast speed just to get finished with them. This is one of the two. And Scott Brick is usually one of my favorite readers. If this book interests you, you should listen to Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan.
The book is, of course, different than the movie - they always are. Blade Runner is a good book. The sci-fi is a bit weak and more of a vehicle for the plot. The depth of the characters was near superficial and the main character's self inquiry was surface level at best. Although the story line was active enough to keep me engaged throughout. Very enjoyable listen.
As for the narrator, he was decent except sometimes it seemed as if he used the same voice for several characters - I guess it shouldn't matter but a slightly different accent or something would have been nice.
It is hard to recommend this. Perhaps if you are into 1960 science fiction and have a good suspension of reality ability. Character development is ok and action is suspenseful at times.
I am normally a fan of Scott Brick, but I have to ask what happened? He drags the dialog and the voices sound enough alike to be confusing. I would caution not to disregard other books he narrates because of this one.
Every single word seems to be a labor, and all the characters sounds as if they have some very important part of their anatomy in a vice that is slowly tightening.
The actual story is the great one that we all have come to love, but the devil is in the 'reading of it.'
I for one will not be purchasing anything read by Scott Brick ever again.
My heart goes out to poor sot who had to listen to the live version in the recording studio.
Set in the distant future of 2021 (The older editions are set in 1992) after a world war has all but made the earth inhabitable we follow android bounty hunter Rick Deckard. He has been tasked with finding and destroying a group of state of the art android who have returned to earth and are trying to pass for human. The novel itself explores what it means to be human in contract to being an android and where the line is drawn between the two.
Scott Brick gives an excellent reading changing his pitch when reading the characters or narrator.
The novel itself has inspired both a cult classic movie and a comic book series and is one of the time best Sci Fi books written before 1990.
If you liked this book, The Edge of Human, Replicant Night, and Eye and Talon are the three sequels to it.
I have read this book before but wanted to experience it again. This production is well produced and performed. The philosophy in this book is a little hard to swallow but worth thinking about.
It was a good story and very thought provoking with some interesting characters and a good plot. Suspenseful and exciting story telling and the narration fits the novel's flow. But it was hard to follow how Rick was arriving at his conclusions and feelings and the entire last part of the book is very confusing and hard to tell what is real and not real which I guess is the point but there is no obvious resolution at all and just dropping things at the end left me a bit unsatisfied with what was a pretty good story.