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.
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.
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.
I love the movie and remember just how "other" it seemed when it was first release.
But it never made sense.
Now it does.
Science Ficition / Philosophy / Social & Political Commentary nut!
When Rick is tricked into thinking his department doesn't exist, and his life is actually an android.. That would be been a great twist, one I wouldn't have seen coming, yet it detours around it. This would have been really a good twist in the story, something to change up the pacing.
Also less 'flat' characters. Besides Rick, I didn't really care for any of the characters here...
Perhaps, but I'm not really into short stories, I like my books longer, more character involvement.
Hmmm I suppose the "chicken head", John Isador. He really makes you feel like he's a partially slower person..mentally.
Scott Brick does a great job with this. All of Mr. Brick's books are superbly read. His women sound like human beings. So other voice actors try to make themselves sound like women...it comes off annoying, creepy, and laughable. Scott Brick does a great job
. . . I didn't.
1. Poor character development. You never really know or learn enough about Deckard to understand his actions.
2. Uneven writing. Dick spends paragraphs and pages describing Deckard's dreams of purchasing an animal, but not much more than a few sentences describing how or why he fell for Rachel. Mercerism is never really laid out enough give the viewer any idea of what is going on with those scenes.
Scott Brick is solid as usual, though he hams up the noir tone a bit too heavily here.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
First chapter or two I was wondering where this book was going, then you are into it and the ride is well worth it. Amazing but it takes on about a day and the story is complete. You could easily sit back and listen to it all in one sitting. Scott Brick is good but his style of speech does come across a little 'Sam Spade' style if you know what I mean, but it works for the story. Some interesting ideas come up in the book which I think the movie did better at asking than the book, however, I have not seen the movie in years and I am only going on memory. I thoughly enjoyed this book and recommend it for lovers of sic-fi and possibly a little detective work.
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.