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Red Dwarf: Better Than Life | [Grant Naylor]

Red Dwarf: Better Than Life

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1994 Grant Naylor (P)1994 Laughing Stock Productions

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    Katy Crumpton 04-26-11 Member Since 2013
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    "As much fun as I remember it"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chani B Ferens MONROEVILLE, PA, US 07-10-15
    Chani B Ferens MONROEVILLE, PA, US 07-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great!"

    Chris Barrie was perfect. He brought it all to life. Wish there were 10 more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Project23 Texas, USA 06-04-15
    Project23 Texas, USA 06-04-15
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    "I am a dwarf fan and this is great on the road"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Casey 03-27-15
    Casey 03-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved how it ends."

    It caps off its predecessor well with an ending that genuinely surprised me. Different from the series in a good way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie High Level, Alberta, Canada 12-06-12
    Stephanie High Level, Alberta, Canada 12-06-12
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    "A Must Listen for Dwarfers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was a really good book. It was funny and really well acted by Chris Barrie.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Barrie – was your favorite?

    He did a fantastic job at doing Lister's character. It was my favourite.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GREGOIRE CARDIFF, United Kingdom 11-29-11
    GREGOIRE CARDIFF, United Kingdom 11-29-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Very rare this days, bursting with imagination and"

    Very rare this days, bursting with imagination and kirkenes, just a great story.I would recommended it to anyone..

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    Darrel BRYAN, TX, United States 04-04-11
    Darrel BRYAN, TX, United States 04-04-11 Member Since 2011

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    "New stories, same problems."

    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.

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    Dawn Carty 06-08-12
    Dawn Carty 06-08-12
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    "Its not bad"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if they are not familiar with the show. Otherwise the book is pretty much a rehash of certain segments of the show.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Grant Naylor? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Which character – as performed by Chris Barrie – was your favorite?

    Obviously Rimmer was since that was his original voice but almost all of the voices sounded like themselves


    Was Red Dwarf: Better Than Life worth the listening time?

    Sure, it was something to listen to and not have to pay a whole lot of attention to.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Christopher Wilton
    1/5/11
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    "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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • janet
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    11/15/11
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    "Very funny."

    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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Howard
    Ipswich, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mitch wilson
    8/5/15
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    "Great, just great. should be more of these"

    loved it, amazing. chris barrie completely nailed it . wished there were more in the series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • holly
    7/24/15
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    "Smegging Brilliant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Cat - I believe you'll know why.


    What does Chris Barrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr D J Mannion
    7/20/15
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    "A laughing clever superb listen"
    Would you listen to Red Dwarf: Better Than Life again? Why?

    It made me happy, really well written


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Dwarf: Better Than Life?

    When the toaster got holly to overclockhimself


    Have you listened to any of Chris Barrie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    yes I listened to "infinity welcomes careful driver"and it was just a good


    Any additional comments?

    It made me laugh out load so any times

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D.J
    7/8/15
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    "A classic"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lisa
    6/19/15
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    "A great story "

    loved the story and enjoyed listening too the book on the way to work. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Arghavan
    3/31/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chez
    2/25/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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