I never saw the movie (though people kept telling me how incredible it was), but the book was a real delight. The plot took some surprising twists and turns, the pacing was perfect, and I was hooked from beginning to end. I first heard of this book on a British tally of all time best sci-fi, and they weren't wrong. Its a classic read.
I have seen both "I, Robot" and "Minority Report" on the big screen, though I have read neither book. The setting for all 3 stories are similar--though from what I have read (and please understand, knowing a book by its film adaptation is not knowing a book) this book was ahead of all of the other two. And I am noting that Philip K. Dick also wrote "Minority Report", so I am definitely reading that one in the near future.
I'm a fan of Scott Brick. He brings emotion and realism to the dialogue and narration, and it is always comforting to know I am listening to a competent reader. He lends a characterization to the story that makes it more enjoyable than just reading text.
I never ever listen to a book all in 1 sitting, but this would be a great book for that, if I was ever snowed under, in a log cabin, somewhere in one of northern Canadian territories, with no hope of rescue for at least 24 hours.
I enjoyed the ideas presented in the book but Philip K Dick's writing style is a little dry in parts. Scifi doesn't tend to age as well as some other genres but if you're interested in Scifi Noir it's a good one to have read.
Unfortunately the reading was a little too dreary for my taste. To Scott Brick's credit much of the book is supposed to be oppressive but there were scenes (police correspondences, action scenes) that should have been delivered without the characters sounding like they're overwhelmed with despair.
I think the book is worth reading but I would recommend getting it in paperback.
I would not say that reading or listening to anything is mis-spent; this is a dumb question.
Even the worst of books has some redeeming value; this book is no where near the worst; even though I did not care for it that is not a good enough reason to say it was time mis-spent; if in fact I decided it was not worth listening then I would have quit. So once again dumb question.
Probably not. but maybe.
he is excellent; his reading is always great.
Not having seen the movie I went into this novel without the pre-conceptions of having seen the film 1st. The genre within Science Fiction that of the dystopic or anti utopia is one I was more attracted to when I was younger. Brave New World, A Canticle for Leibowitz, 1984, and others of that ilk had more attraction back then, just like Camus, or Sartre did too I suppose. This novel set in a post nuclear world has no real hope of redemption, the supposed connection to the collective, the empathy box is a device created to share emotions and the collective pain of Mercer, it seemed to me to be technology imposed by the state to create an alternate reality in a world radioactive and wasting away in kibble. The only other solace is perhaps buying one of the few remaining animals left after the nuclear bombs destroyed most life, and this is embedded in a capitalistic system that placed it outside of most peoples ability to own. And the androids? No more likable than the warm blooded humans. There is some attempt at collective behavior, for kicks they snip off a spiders legs, and revenge results in a goat flying off a roof.
The other two considerations I have regarding this book is Decker's view of human sexuality, and that includes human/android intercourse, for a culture that speaks of empathy sex is as mechanical as the named sheep in the title. There is so little true emotion that Decker's wife needs to program depression in order to feel. The other really interesting question is reality.. does Mercer really exist? Is Decker really Mercer? a metaphor for all of us pushing Sisyphus's rock up the hill being all of us so separate from love, passion, and true empathy.. we are supposed to feel connected to humanity by observing this man's suffering? his cross on the way to crucifiction, only to roll down again.. no hope, or as Kerouac said
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.