Funny, poignant, and over the top. A great story that is worth the time invested. And Chris Barrie's narration is exceptional! He imitates the voices of the original TV actors PERFECTLY. It is hard to believe that he nailed every voice. Enjoy this one!
This tells some of the tv show scripts without any changes. Original voices are a nice touch do you can recognise all the characters.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Bad joke, that headline. Needs explanation. On the spaceship Red Dwarf, three million years in the future and untold light years from home, one may very well be better off dead (and subsequently restored as a hologram with one's personality fully intact), as is the case with the annoying Rimmer, than still alive, as is his roommate and subordinate Lister, the last living human, a slacker supreme.
I start off this review of Red Dwarf with a bad joke of my own creation because that, in sum, is my reaction to the novelization of the popular and successful British TV series -- the jokes in this comic science fiction novel, drawn from a sitcom, are just not funny. Just. Not. Funny. Example: a state of confusion is analogized to being like an Alsatian (i.e. German shepherd) after a head-change operation -- not only unfunny, but not even remotely comprehensible.
Maybe it's just me. Maybe I don't get the English sense of humor. Although I have no issue with Monty Python, the original Ricky Gervais version of The Office, Ali G, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, to name just a handful of English TV comdeies that come immediately to mind. The Hitchhiker's Guide is a particularly apt corollary, as I arrived at it through the novels rather than the original radio series, and it remains the gold standard for comic sci-fi in multimedia formats, and is clearly the role model for Red Dwarf.
But who am I to argue with success? Red Dwarf is widely praised and much loved in its various formats, although the books seem to be the least prolific of those formats, perhaps because it doesn't work as well as a sitcom. The novel benefits from a more complete back story than the TV show, and the audio version benefits from being narrated by the actor who played one of the main characters on TV (Rimmer). Overall, I wouldn't say it was bad. I just didn't get more than an occasional snort from what is supposed to be a comedy.
What a fun story. Great plot idea. Unexpected twists. The performance was terrific.
A guy gets drunk on earth and wakes up stranded in an outpost in space. A bit of a low life, but he has a low life plan to get home. A glimpse into his future shows things will come out all right. But then... the book ends.
What a fun book. I planned on adding this author to my repeat author list. But when, assuming I was half way through the book, it ended. Abruptly. Suddenly. Without warning. Did I mention it caught me off guard?
I won't spoil the book for you, but imagine this. You are reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. But... Goldilocks doesn't get past the porridge because she dies of food poisoning, with her face in the bowl. Oh, and the bears don't come back. They got the same food poisoning. That'll wipe the smile off your face.
It wasn't till I looked up the book to write this review that it became apparent that it was the first part of a multi-part story. It sure didn't end that way. If I buy the next book, I may find out that a paramedic came along and pumped Goldilocks and the three bears stomachs so the story could continue. Not sure if I have the courage to find out. Maybe if there isn't a third part.
The reasoning for the rating: This would have earned 4 or maybe 5 stars had the story been completed. But since it was half of the story, I could only give half of the stars. It got one back for being a great performance.
Getting to here just how Lister ended up joining the Red Dwarf crew.
All of them! Especially Lister and Holly.
Slime comin' home.
Chis Barrie's narration.
If you're a Red Dwarf fan you will absolutely love how Chris Barrie brings each character's voice to life in the story. You might think that's Craig Charles stopping by to work with Chris, but it's all just a one man show. Incredibly entertaining and worthwhile.
Smegs in space. (It is a show.) :)
You won't regret buying this, even if you've already read the book.
An Excellent storyline read superbly by Chris Barrie (Rimmer)
The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy is another great Science Fiction book/audiobook
I've also listened to Better Than Life and Chris Barrie was exceptional in both audiobooks
Yes, and it was better than I thought it would be
If you like the Red Dwarf TV series then Infinity Welcomes to Careful Drivers and Better Than Life are a MUST. They fill in the gaps from seasons 1-4
I love the back story of Lister going to a Birthday Party and getting so drunk that he ends up on another planet without a way to get back to earth quickly. He is forced to go on Red Dwarf as crew and learns it will take him years on the mining ship to get back to earth. The audio book was way more detailed than the series on why and how Dave joined the Dwarf.
Dave's romance with Christine was explained in more detail and how depressed he was after there relationship was broken off by Christine.
Chris Barrie did and excellent job on all the character voices. He got most of them dead on, especially Lister's.
When Rimmer is self analyzing is own character and motivations behind all his actions. He comes to realize he is one messed up individual that now one likes.
Great story, great performance, Wish they had more on the series.
Although it has its funny points, it's mostly boring. The performance is lousy. Couldn't force myself to listen till the end.