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.
Blade Runner was a fun romp through a sci-fi world unfamiliar with me. The politics of the protagonist's world were interesting.
The themes of the story, however, in 2016, are not new to a sci-fi fan (this book was new to me).
Dick created a new religion in the book which was interesting and detailed.
Least interesting were the moral themes within. Though new at the time of publication, a lifetime of other science fiction to me made them seem stale.
The ability to enjoy the story while driving.
Only so I could get the classic off my to-do list. Maybe a little more than that.
Love to read, mostly sci-fi. No spoilers ... ever. Seriously, people.
.... as long as you like ............... long pauses ........... for no reason .............
There were many times that I would grab my phone because I thought the audiobook had paused for some reason. If you want to read this book, just read it. Don't listen to it. I kept wanting to pat the narrator on the head and tell him that everything would be ok, too. Such a depressing read and he was living it.
Despite the title of the audiobook, this IS the classic SF novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, which was the basis for the movie Blade Runner. Wisely, Philip K. Dick did not allow a novelization of the movie to be made, but the original is still sometimes marketed as Blade Runner because of better name recognition. . . That is the good news.
The bad news is that a fantastic book is ruined by a monotone reading by someone that could only sound more stoned if they happened to be Jeff Bridges. I managed to make it about 25% of the way through the book before giving up and buying it for my Kindle Paperwhite. Without the burden of listening to a clynically depressed narrator that has not slept in over 70 hours this book truly lives up to the hype. Vastly different in tone and message from Blade Runner, PKD never ceases to delight as the greatest science fiction author ever, with his stories being made into countless movies and TV shows including Total Recall, Minority Report, Blade Runner, and The Adjustment Bureau.
In addition to this book, Ubik and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich are books no SF fan should go without reading.
I've always been a big fan of science fiction. The genre captivates my imagination and this story is no exception! I know many people will buy this just because it has the title blade runner, but if you are expecting the movie as a play by play be prepared to be disappointed! Exciting, philosophical, and dark, there is a reason this was adapted into a movie.
the audio performance was just fine.
wow, what boring story...I general the story never makes any sense. I understand Blade runner is loosely Based on this book, however the story line makes very little sense. Back story really isn't explained. How the "andies" seem to make it down and live with humans makes no sense
disappointment...one of the 1st time I wish I didn't bother or that a movie completely surpasses a book in every aspect