What a surprise after loving the film for years to find out in the first page that Deckard is married. A very funny interaction between him and his wife though. Some other differences between the film which is normal for most films made from books.
I enjoyed the book although I must say the movie still holds the most impact for me.
This novel and the film adaptation differ enough that it's probably not even fair comparing them directly. Fortunately, Ridley Scott and his screenwriters had the good sense to leave the silliness about obsessions with having a more interesting pet than the neighbors behind when creating the movie. Normally I love Scott Brick's narration, but he misses the mark here, sometimes reading in a style that's so painfully slow it seems to strip the characters of emotion. I found myself mentally begging him to speed up. Not overly long; I recommend it only for fans of the movie who would like to round out their knowledge of the film with exposure to the source material.
The narrator, Scott Brick, is horrendous. Completely unlistenable. I had to re-buy the book as Kindle download. The narration is pompous, delivering even the most mundane line as if it were profound. I guess Brick is trying to give a "tough guy" delivery, like Humphrey Bogart in the Maltese Falcon, but boy IT IS BAD!!! Read this great book. Do not listen to it read by Scott Brick.
What was I thinking? Every time I read something by PKD I vow never to read him again. But then my memory is erased, and I repeat my mistake.
This is however by far the worst. So poorly written I actually found myself winding through certain sections. Scott Brick, normally an excellent reader, seems completely at sea as the author rambles hopelessly, producing badly-constructed sentences and revealing an utter ineptitude when it comes to character and plot.
The movies are always so much better than PKD's feeble scribble (e.g. Total Recall; Minority Report). I was hugely relieved when this dull experience was over.