I need to see the movie. This book is intense and obviously a classic. Well read, well voiced, good story.
I'm shocked that this became a movie. It is definitely an interesting post apocalyptic/futuristic setting, but it's a very bland story that doesn't really go anywhere. Bladerunner the movie was much more inspired in almost every way.
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!
In a sparse and understated tone, a unique and painful distopia is masterfully created. Decades on, this story is still on the cutting edge of its genre. But more to the point, its a perfect novel. It's the Chinatown of novels. Flat out genius storytelling.
No. Don't bother with the book. Just go see the movie --- it's much better than the book.
My respect for Ridley Scott is greatly increased ----- as not every director is capable of making such a great *movie* as Blade Runner out of such a mediocre-at-best *book* as *this* one.
I am greatly disappointed at this book. After seeing such a *great* *movie* that is supposedly *based* on it --- I was *expecting* that the *book* would at least be of *decent* quality ---- but no, it is not.
Well done audio book with a story I knew a little from the movie but really made me understand the plot much more and a lot of parts the movie missed.
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.
The story itself is a decent sci-fi classic. The worst of it was the narrator. Maybe the story was better than I remember, but it was absolutely ruined by the narrator. The thing that got me the most was his constant use of the same tempo and inflection for people's voices, no matter what emotion they were feeling or what was going on... it was a bit like every character always struggled to some realization with everything they said.
I would not recommend this audio book. Maybe try in paperback.