I really enjoyed this book. I feel that others need to try to get more out of it than there really is, but with that said, this book's conscepts are complex.
The narrator was fantastic! He was a good orator with a voice perfect for the Noir style of the book.
As a fan of Harrison Ford, I was eager to see Blade Runner. When I finally saw it I was more than happy that I did. It was well written, acted, and filmed. After I saw the amazing movie I figured I might as well listen to the book, believing it to be a novelization of the film which I loved. What I found though, upon listening to Blade Runner, was that the book not only pre-dates and inspired the film, but exceeds it in complexity and creativity. Blade Runner, or Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, is a brilliant science fiction novel that studies mankind by asking what exactly it means to be human. In addition, the audio version is delivered by an understanding and somber Scott Brick, who delivers every line and paragraph with the perfect level of melancholy, matching Philip K. Dick's writing excellently. Please listen.
This book was absolutely incredible. If you're a science fiction fan, and have seen the film blade runner but have never read the book I recommend picking this one. It is a completely different experience than the film and the story is also completely different as well.
Horse trainer by day, super hero by night, book lover all the time.
Absolutely. Blade Runner is a cornerstone of science fiction. The action moves along beautifully and there is no down time
I absolutely love the movie Blade Runner. However, this is the first experince I have encountered where the movie is WAY BETTER than the book. Whoever wrote the movie screenplay based on this book is BRILLIANT!
One of the most prominent thoughts that I had after finishing this book was: "How the heck did Ridley Scott get Blade Runner out of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Where Blade Runner is a powerful story about what it means to be alive, Philip K. Dick's book is a disorganized mess that has no idea what it is trying to say. Running the gamut between emotional humanity and the shallowness of religion, I am at a loss as to what the book's point is.
The story is roughly about the same thing as the movie: eight androids have infiltrated Earth and a bounty hunter named Deckard has to hunt them down. Also the names of two of them are Priss and Roy. There the similarities to the movie end. Every time you think you have a handle on what Dick is trying to do, he switches gears. At first you think it might be a mystery novel. That is blown away by the fact that Deckard is given detailed dossiers on all of the androids, including identity and place of work. Then maybe it could be a social commentary, but the story jumps from discussing the centrality of Mercerism, the social necessities of owning an animal, animal preservation, post-apocalyptic recovery, the stigma of special needs, the humanity of androids, the inhumanity of androids, the tenuous thread of reality, and so forth. It jumps to so many different topics, it is impossible to determine what the author thinks about a given subject.
The characters are completely flat and forgettable. Deckard seems to be struggling with the morality of his job, but it never actually compels him to take a different action than he would if he was utterly ruthless. Rachel is simply manipulative and has no other note or motivation that drives her. She just does what is superficially best for the Rosen Corporation's next five minutes as opposed to its survival. The only character that really stands out as a consistent and interesting character is J.R. Isador. He definitely comes off as someone who lives on the fringe of a society which looks on him with contempt. It's just kind of a shame that the character turns out to be totally irrelevant in the story.
Scott Brick gets the job done for the performance, but I get the idea that he's trying a little too hard to get Deckard to sound like Bogart or a similar film noir star. He also makes the women sound pretty shallow and vapid, but that might just be Dick's writing. He really shines with Isador and the narration, giving a good sense of when a character is thinking, speaking and when the narrative itself is speaking.
This was a slog to get through. I would have a hard time recommending this to anyone except perhaps a science fiction historian as a proto-cyberpunk story. Even then the book only really has relevance as the origin of an excellent movie. Further, Issac Asimov's Caves of Steel establishes similar groundwork for cyberpunk, is also about robots and detectives, and is actually a very good story. Unless you have a very compelling reason to give this book a try, I'd recommend you let it pass you by.
Had higher expectations re: entertainment value. Story had difficulty getting up to speed. By midway it had captured my attention, but only for a short time. Weak conclusion and ending. If you have not seen the movie, I doubt you would find it nearly as entertaining.
This book is an extremely well written example of the need for empathy. The last 4-5 chapters made me want to cry in anguish because of the pain and suffering from different characters. I'll never look at a spider the same way though.
It's difficult to give an unbiased review of this book, having been a huge fan of the movie for many years. I've seen the movie enough times I know many of the lines by heart. This gave me a pre-determined idea of what I was about to listen to... Therefore, if I give a review of the book in comparison to the movie I would have given fewer stars. In all honesty, I like the movie better.
BUT. That's simply not fair to the author. I have to remember the movie was based loosely on the book. I have to review the book in and of itself.
If I had read the book before seeing the movie, I would have liked it much more. It easily transports you to a grim view of the future where human beliefs and attitudes are very different, yet in some ways, still primitive. It also makes you think deeply about the future of artificial intelligence and the value of life. And... the definition of life.
It's different and odd and weird. It's sad and foreboding. But it's a cult classic of sci-fi that should not be passed up.