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.
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
"Red Dwarf Rides Again"
Another fantastic installment of this laugh out loud audiobook. Chris Barrie exceptional as per the first book. I feel slightly empty there isn't another to follow this. Worth the money.
"It's Red Dwarf."
If you're a fan of RD, then it's exactly what you'd expect.
If not, it's funny, listen to it and you'll be a fan too.
A couple of mispronounced words if I'm going to be picky, but all in all, I love this book. Be nice if the other two RD books were available on audible too.
"It's life Rimmer but not as we know it!"
Haven't read the book but once again Chris Barrie brings all the characters to life so fantastically well, I would take the audio over the book any day!
Have to say the narration was fantastic and the characters we know and love were all present and hilarious. The story was not as good as 'Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers' but it was still funny and enjoyable, it does end in a different place then I thought it would and I did want it to continue which I suppose is what it was meant to do.
The cockroaches idea was fantastic, also the scene with the Cat being actually useful and kicking butt with style and class was hilarious to listen too.
It made me laugh, hard in places but not as much as the first book. This one seemed like a few little stories taped together, not in a bad way but the change of scene and time kept bringing me out of the story. By the end I enjoyed it and listened to it again as it was easy listening and funny.
I think you have to be a Dwarf fan to like this book, if you don't like the first one I would not recommend this one but it was an enjoyable listen and will be one of the books I keep for those days when your brain needs some easy comedy to listen too.
"It's Red Dwarf..."
A joyous universe.
That would spoil a big plot point later on. Best not to tell to all.
It made me yearn for the grimy interstellar vessel to be my home.
If you haven't read/listened to Infinity welcomes careful drivers yet go get stuck into that first.
"Funny - but expertly narrated"
The stand-out brilliance of this novel is in the narration by actor Chris Barrie - the eponymous Arnie Rimmer of the series.
His narration is perfection indeed and fully deserves five stars. His voices are hugely varied, his timing is brilliant and altogether, I am certain that I would not have enjoyed this audio book so much without his voice.
On the whole, the book is a 'kind of' collection of stories from (I think) the second and third series of Red Dwarf - I'm not sure because I'm not a huge fan of the series, although I've seen a few episodes and enjoyed them somewhat.
Although there is (obviously) more detail in this book than in the tv series, the funniest parts are the scenes where the quartet are 'on stage' at the same time and, naturally, Arnie's constant failures.
My main problem with the story is the annoying waits for something to happen when the anticipation is drawn out to the final edge - one disaster follows another and another and another until it becomes boring - this happens much too often when the story does not seem to move along at all, but bad things keep happening and characters (usually Rimmer) almost (but not quite) die horribly. This undoubtedly works on a tv series, but fails badly in a book.
However, it's not that bad and, in parts, is very enjoyable. I'd recommend it.
"Sequel to Infinity welcomes careful drivers"
Doesn't really start in a good place, or stop in a good place, but the story in the middle is good
I enjoyed listening to this book, particularly with Chris Barrie as narrator, however it didn't have the same comedy as the TV series, possibly because of all the added narrative that cant compare with the physical humour of the show. Worth getting though if you are a dwarfer!
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