In looking at other reviews I find I am not alone in not caring for the reading of this classic. One reviewer stated that Scott Brick is one of his favorites so I'll give him another chance. It seems to me the sentences were divided into phrases for drama but the effect was lost when every sentence seemed to have this effect.
The conversational flow was lost and it was choppy.
I only wish Harrison Ford read this one. The version of the movie where he narrated was the best one (to me anyway)
Dispite my dislike of the read I enjoyed the book very much. I read the hard cover version years ago and it was a nice refresher.
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.
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.
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.
Actually the Audible book Blade Runner is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Plot and story full of holes. Not Philip K Dicks best work. Not his worst either, but close. The Movie actually makes the story a must read. Without the movie, the novel alone is mediocre at best.
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.
The book is thought provoking. We are coming ever closer to achieving sentience in machines, and what will we do when it happens? What will we do when they no longer wish to be enslaved? What traits must we impart upon these machines to help them live within society without endangering it? This book left me with more questions than answers, and they are questions that I think we as a society need to consider.
I enjoyed Isidore. He's sweet and good-hearted, but cripplingly inadequate. He's deeply empathetic and loyal, yet lacks the cynicism to properly function in this post-apocalyptic world. People seem to think this makes him worse than everyone else, but in many ways I think it makes him better. He has not had his optimism stolen from him.
William Shatner Noir
Nothing so obvious. It made me feel extremely introspective.
I didn't love the narrator. He sounded like William Shatner narrating a noir film. The cadance of his speech was sort of exhausting to me. It wasn't enough to make me quit listening, but I would have preferred someone else.