Red Dwarf - Better Than Life is the second and final instalment of this hilarious sci-fi comedy.
Narrated by Chris "Rimmer" Barrie, Better Than Life finds the crew trapped in a mind-boggling computer game that is threatening their lives and safety of the ship. One by one, they enter the game to rescue each other - and one by one, they become trapped! Holly will have to use his mega brain to solve this one.
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I watched the TV show years ago and my recollection of the plot has faded significantly. After they solve a problem I usually think "a-ha, I remember now" but fortunately I have forgotten enough that the story seems fresh to me again. It's great hearing the crew again as they revisit their old roles in this dramatized version of the book. If you liked the show then you will enjoy this book - it is the same plot lines as the TV show but it was like putting on a favorite old sweater. It just felt good.
Full cast of tv actors doing audio. Story about last human alive (who is a curry eating slob) in the universe heading back to earth. Human like lifeform that evolved from his pet cat over millennia etc. very funny.
Yes. It was a really good book. It was funny and really well acted by Chris Barrie.
He did a fantastic job at doing Lister's character. It was my favourite.
Very rare this days, bursting with imagination and kirkenes, just a great story.I would recommended it to anyone..
Just like the first in the series, there's a lot to recommend here for fans...if you're willing to endure some bad production values. They keep bookending chapters by the instrumental version of the theme--meaning listening to it at the end of a chapter...then immediately listening to it again before the beginning of the next chapter. This gets old. Fast. Still, the story is what you expect, and it's worth putting up with some of these other flaws.
Only if they are not familiar with the show. Otherwise the book is pretty much a rehash of certain segments of the show.
Obviously Rimmer was since that was his original voice but almost all of the voices sounded like themselves
Sure, it was something to listen to and not have to pay a whole lot of attention to.
"Excellent Sci-Fi, but..."
if you go into these books expecting something to match the TV series you will be sadly disappointed. Instead clear your mind of any preconceptions about Red Dwarf and approach this book as pure sci-fi. You'll find it fascinating, imaginative and not without its humorous moments. But don't expect the series to translate into prose literature, it just doesn't work like that. Instead treat the literary Dwarf as a continuum unto itself and you'll find it amazing, especially when read by the multi-talented Chris Barrie.
What a brilliant book. Despite stealing some of the jokes and plotlines from the TV series, it really feels quite original. The darker take on Better Than Life is the highlight of the book, especially when it concerns Rimmer.
Since this is the novel Red Dwarf universe, some of your expectations will be broken, as Rob and Doug really mix things up. It is much darker in tone than the series on a whole, alterted characterisation and twists may take you by suprise.
The main reason to download this is just to hear Chris Barrie. The man is a genius. You'll sometimes forget it's him, and become convinced Craig Charles and Robert Llewellyn have joined in the reading.
All in all, very funny, and well worth a download. Great follow up to Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers, would love to see Backwards and The Last Human added to the site soon!
"OK for fans"
Chris Barrie's reading makes this a great book. He brings authenticity to the characters. So we keep all the personality that we know from the TV cast whilst bring a whole new feel to it as coming from rimmers view.
The story is not as good as the first book but the reading and chaacters make up for this.
A must have for all "Dwarf" fans
"Great, just great. should be more of these"
loved it, amazing. chris barrie completely nailed it . wished there were more in the series
I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the TV series - it adds more detail and wit and explains what was behind more than a few scenes.
The Cat - I believe you'll know why.
Chris Barrie (aka Rimmer) was able to play Rimmer mimicking Lister mimicking Rimmer and you could still tell the difference between characters. Chris Barrie was a brilliant choice to read the book and he adds a lot to it.
Without risking spoilers, there is a moment towards the end of the book that is not fully explained in the series, but proves to be a very poignant moment in life of Lister and is beautifully captured in the novel. It adds depth to what the producers must have been working towards with their version and overall the extra insights and details are fascinating and witty.
"A laughing clever superb listen"
It made me happy, really well written
When the toaster got holly to overclockhimself
yes I listened to "infinity welcomes careful driver"and it was just a good
It made me laugh out load so any times
I loved this book when I was younger and to hear Chris Barrie read it was incredible. His diversification of impressions and accents is extremely impressive and adds to the story
"A great story "
loved the story and enjoyed listening too the book on the way to work. :)
"A book of two halves"
The story picks up in Better Than Life, which I'd felt had been adequately in the first book. I wanted to be back on Red Dwarf, but had to spend time listening to the continuation of the BTL story- it's not all bad, but I got rather tired of it. When the crew finally get out of BTL, the story becomes much more interesting: full of imaginative storylines, many of which are covered in the TV series in some form. A really enjoyable second half, with a very moving ending with a real lack of cynicism- which I sometimes thought the TV series needed more of, hugely enjoyable though it was. Expertly read again by Chris Barrie- such a talented performer- I wish he was given more breaks on TV. Thoroughly recommended for anyone who enjoyed the TV series.
"A proper classic"
Chris Barrie is back to his brilliant self in this second chapter. Great read, personally better than the programs at times. Can't wait for the other books to come out on here.
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