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.
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.
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.
Slowly read, but 1.6x speed was just right.
The build-up of the story is minimal, but will have you questioning what characters are fighting to be human, and what humans have no fight in them.
Going through the whole book, it's hard to believe there was any sort of plan. Things just seem to happen, without build up or meaning.
My only critique is that the inflection of the reader makes it sounds like he didn't read the text ever before reading it out loud, and also that the reader sounds a lot like Chris Parnell but is not.
I really enjoyed this book. I feel that others need to try to get more out of it than there really is, but with that said, this book's conscepts are complex.
The narrator was fantastic! He was a good orator with a voice perfect for the Noir style of the book.
As a fan of Harrison Ford, I was eager to see Blade Runner. When I finally saw it I was more than happy that I did. It was well written, acted, and filmed. After I saw the amazing movie I figured I might as well listen to the book, believing it to be a novelization of the film which I loved. What I found though, upon listening to Blade Runner, was that the book not only pre-dates and inspired the film, but exceeds it in complexity and creativity. Blade Runner, or Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, is a brilliant science fiction novel that studies mankind by asking what exactly it means to be human. In addition, the audio version is delivered by an understanding and somber Scott Brick, who delivers every line and paragraph with the perfect level of melancholy, matching Philip K. Dick's writing excellently. Please listen.