Absolutely. This is not a reflection on either. Scott Brick is a find audiobook reader and I actually picked this up after hearing him in Dune. Philip K. Dick has a lot of stories that turned into excellent movies, so I doubt this is typical.
Well, that's quite a challenge. I suppose many of the same things the scriptwriters removed were things that generally slowed down the story. I don't know if Dick intended some kind of philosophical exploration of empathy and religion, but it didn't seem to work from my perspective.
I liked how Brick portrayed the bounty hunter at the other police department.
Yes, but barely. I usually re-listen to audiobooks many times, but this one I shan't revisit.
This just wasn't as good as the movie - which is a judgment I almost never make. If anything, it demonstrated how much vision and skill went into translating the story into the film and the expertise with which it was done.
I have never read the print version, so I can not say.
I hate questions like this, especially for books that are done so incredibly well that there is nothing that I did not like. I can't choose one thing that I liked most about this book. I guess I like the superb way that it was crafted.
Without spoiling anything, I like the scene in the police station after the arrest. Nail biting, edge of your seat stuff!
I can't listen to any book all in one sitting, but I didn't want to turn it off when I had to.
Many people on here have stated how unlike the book the movie is. It really can't be stressed enough. If you have only seen the movie, and for some reason did not like it enough to give the book a whirl (you would have to be nuts!!!), then fear not. This book is so much deeper and more important than the movie. I use the word important because this book has the potential to imbibe its readers with a kind of magic and inspiration and awe that could almost tangibly effect them. It is easily my favorite book by Phillip K. Dick, and it is one of my favorites in the genre.
I love the movie and remember just how "other" it seemed when it was first release.
But it never made sense.
Now it does.
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.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (i.e., Blade Runner) would rank in the bottom third of audiobooks I've listened to because of the sedate and wimpy nature of the narrator's voice. Do yourself a favor and buy the physical book and read it.
I think Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is pretty par for the course for dystopian stories, and perhaps the most similar to come to mind is Ender's Game. I like the storyline for Blade Runner, but it was so hard to like the characters or get into the plot with the weak and whiny voices given- especially to John Isidore!
No, and it saddens me. I would love to listen to Somewhere in Time, but Brick is the only narrator option, and I couldn't bear to sit through hours more of his reading.
Honestly, I was moved when I realized how short the final fight scene was. I haven't seen the Blade Runner movie, but as I listened to the book, I can only imagine how Deckard's last battle would be drawn into 20 minutes of shooting and running and high-speed car chases. It was really refreshing to hear that in the book, there was a fight, someone won, and that's it.
The story really is great, and I recommend that anyone who likes science fiction and/or dystopias give it a shot. But read it yourself. I guarantee that you will respect the characters more and get more out of the book.
I listened to confessions of a sociopath and it recommended this book, so I followed the bread crumbs here and I was not disappointed, much better then the movie,
I am beginning to think empathy should be measured. Scott Brick does an awesome job as always
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This is an important story in the history of Science Ficiton. If you are a fan of the genre you will find this story archetypal on some level and a continuation of the "detective" tradtion of Asimov and robotics.
Yes I would. But it should be noted that this is a much different story than the movie, better in my opnion.There are more layers to it and it is a more challenging story in terms of humanity, religion and robotics.
I think so. I am a huge fan of Scott Brick, at times the narration was a little stilted but I think that was done to match the almost schitzophrenic nature of the dialogue.
Well this is a big of an odd question since they made a popular movie (maybe the best SF movie of all time besides 2001),.I would frankly love to see a movie made out of the story in this novel, but it would be different. Maybe the tag line could be "does empathy only come in human form?".
Many of the characters in this story are not likeable, which is not a pre-requesite for me or for a good story. I found myself having empahty for the robots who seems to be more human than the humans. I think that Dick did an excellent job in challenging the reader and this novel is deserving of its place in the top SF novels of all time.