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.
This is the book that blade runner is based on, however, it is a different story. To be blunt the movie is better, this isn't horrible, but it isn't great either.
Forced my way through it because it's supposed to be a "classic". Actually had to turn up the reading speed to keep from going mad at the pedantic, pause-filled pace. Pretty sure the narrator was told, "this is a five-hour book, but we can charge more if you go slow and stretch it out to 20 hours".
Do not read! But feel free to assign it to a bad student as punishment!
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.
This isn't Blade Runner. It's the original PKD story which is well worth reading. PKD's stories always engage the mind and imagination, sometimes in very odd ways. As is often the case there is no true final resolution and you are left to grapple with questions you never realized existed
Scott Brick performed a good narration of the Philip K. Dick's masterpiece. The story shows a awful future in which mankind survives in a world damaged by a nuclear war. Most of animal species is extinct. Instead, people have artificial animals. Meanwhile, androids - artificial humans - work off world colonies. They are not allowed in the Earth. Whenever they are detected here, one special bounty hunter, called blade runner, retires (kill) them. Although, the question is: wound not a "thing" so similar to humans a man too?
Then across the audio book, the reader face this existential reflection which includes atemporal issues: Religion, empathy, environment and ethics into science.