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Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers | [Rob Grant, Doug Naylor]

Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

When Lister got drunk, he really got drunk! After celebrating his birthday with a Monopoly-board pub crawl around London, he came to in a burger bar on one of Saturns moons, wearing a lady's pink crimplene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders, with no money and a passport in the name of "Emily Berkenstein". Joining the Space Corps seemed a good idea.
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When Lister got drunk, he really got drunk!

After celebrating his birthday with a Monopoly-board pub crawl around London, he came to in a burger bar on one of Saturns moons, wearing a lady's pink crimplene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders, with no money and a passport in the name of "Emily Berkenstein".

Joining the Space Corps seemed a good idea. Red Dwarf, a clapped out spaceship, was bound for Earth. It never made it, leaving Lister as the last remaining member of the human race, three million light years from Earth, with only a dead man, a senile computer, and a highly evolved cat for company.

They begin their journey home. On the way, they'll break the light barrier. They'll meet Einstein, Archimedes, God, and Norman Wisdom...and discover an alternative plane of reality.

©1989 Rob Grant and Doug Naylor; (P)1992 Laughing Stock Productions Ltd

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    Missy Hoppe Cincinnati, Ohio; USA 07-03-08
    Missy Hoppe Cincinnati, Ohio; USA 07-03-08 Listener Since 2002

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    "Finally!"

    I've been wanting to find this book unabridged for years! Chris Barrie is an awesome narrator, and I wish he read more books. The way he can do the voices of all the RD characters is nothing short of amazing! Thank you, Audible, for making this book available. Let's hope that Better than Life is coming soon!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Elliot ITHACA, NEW YORK, United States 08-09-12
    Elliot ITHACA, NEW YORK, United States 08-09-12

    Molecular biologist. Musician. Lover of science. Lover of music. Dreamer of magic. Thinker of thoughts. ||| "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" - Arthur C. Clarke ||| As a scientist, science fiction and fantasy inspire me to push the line of discovery forward, beyond conventional imagination, beyond conventional wisdom.

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    "An essential for Dwarfers"

    I only recently got into Red Dwarf, but found myself addicted quite quickly. The show and characters are great at cheering me up and this book works just as well.

    As others have said, the story is pretty much just the best bits from the first few series woven together into a single narrative. The book does address a few questions not answered in the series though such as: When/How did Lister and Rimmer first meet? Do the Cat people have names? as well as quite a bit of reconning especially with the relationship between Kochanski and Lister. Though the story was not entirely original, I still enjoyed listening to it in this way and I intend to hang onto it for a rainy day.

    As everyone else has said, Chris Barrie is perfect. I actually thought Llewellyn was also involved since Barrie's Kryten is completely flawless. You do almost forget there is only one narrator. I mean, Chris Barrie got his start doing impressions, so it's not too surprising, but a treat nonetheless.

    I enjoyed this book, and I'm sure any Dwarfer would as well. It's worth the price.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    john Glenrothes, NY, United States 03-03-09
    john Glenrothes, NY, United States 03-03-09
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    "In Space No One Can Hear You Smeg!!!"

    A classic Audio Production that needs more like it in the series to be offered on Audible.

    Chris Barrie does a spectacular reading and does the impressions of his cast members don to a T.

    We would welcome more of this to Audible

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Darrel BRYAN, TX, United States 04-04-11
    Darrel BRYAN, TX, United States 04-04-11 Member Since 2008

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    "For serious fans only."

    If you're a fan of the series, it's a great review of things, and has some enjoyable bits to it. If you're not, there's a lot not to recommend--in particular, the chapters are bookended by an instrumental rendition of the show's theme...done at the end and beginning of the chapter. Yes, this means that you have to listen to it twice, back to back, in order to get to the next bit of the story. Still, if you're a fan, it's worth enduring some rough patches to enjoy the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles T. 05-09-09
    Charles T. 05-09-09 Listener Since 2004

    Charles T.

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    "Not a very good story, but a wonderful performance"

    The one star is for the book. The narrator gets five.

    I would only recommend this book to fans of the television show for the sake of hearing the narration by Mr. Barrie, which is the best reading of a fictional work I have heard, in terms of acting skill. He precisely impersonates the other actors he starred with on the BBC program. It is truly impressive.

    But I found the story to be a disappointment, so I wouldn't recommend this one to those unfamiliar with the show.



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    Greg Glens Falls, NY, USA 09-10-08
    Greg Glens Falls, NY, USA 09-10-08
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    "Helped if you watched the TV series"

    My wife and I loved the Red Dwarf television series so this review is very biased. This audiobook's content actually filled in some of the gaps in the storyline of the TV series so I'm not sure how this book will appeal to anyone who is not already familiar with the series. The narrator actually played Rimmer in the series and voices the other characters impeccably like those on TV.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Salem, OR, United States 10-19-11
    Scott Salem, OR, United States 10-19-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A great Sci-Fi parody classic."

    If you liked "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", "Airplane" the movie, Naked Gun or anything like them you'll probably like this too. If you hate them you'll probably hate this. I loved this series, I loved this book when I got it as a kid as one of my first science fiction books from the sci-fi book club in the mail. When I first read it I didn't realize it was parody until I was well into it. This was probably my first exposure to parody sci-fi/fantasy stories and warped me. With Chris Barie's, one of the actors from the TV show based on this book reading it is a real delight since he is very talented at doing different voices for the characters. A must buy for parody and Red Dwarf fans.
    Lister gets frozen for 3 millions years to save him from a radiation leak on the mining ship Red Dwarf and ends up as the last living human in the universe. With a creature that evolved from his pet cat and the hologram program of his dead annoying roommate Rimmer and a senile computer of the ship named Holly he decides to turn the ship around and find out what happened to humanity in 3 million years and survive with his sanity intact.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Adams Armada, MI 05-24-13
    Robert Adams Armada, MI 05-24-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Pretty good for half a story."

    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.

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    Stephanie High Level, Alberta, Canada 12-06-12
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    "A Must Listen for Dwarfers"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Dwarf?

    Getting to here just how Lister ended up joining the Red Dwarf crew.


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

    All of them! Especially Lister and Holly.


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    Jason United States 10-01-12
    Jason United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Chris Barrie brings this classic comedy to life."
    If you could sum up Red Dwarf in three words, what would they be?

    Slime comin' home.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Chis Barrie's narration.


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

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Smegs in space. (It is a show.) :)


    Any additional comments?

    You won't regret buying this, even if you've already read the book.

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  • Jonathan
    CorshamUnited Kingdom
    9/4/08
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    "A must for Dwarfers!"

    Chris Barrie makes this book his own. His knowledge of the characters and his vocal prowess shines through and really animates the narrative. Obviously his Rimmer is first class but his depictions of Lister, Holly, Cat and Kryten are all spot on.

    As the previous reviewer noted this book takes some of the plot lines from the TV series and jumbles them up a bit and adds new elements and back story. Whilst this might warp the listeners expectations slightly it in no way lessens the quality of the story. In fact I think it adds to it and delivers a more in-depth exploration of the characters.

    An absolute must for any Red Dwarf/Sci-fi/Comedy fan.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Leon
    BracknellUnited Kingdom
    8/22/08
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    "Great narration and fun to listen too"

    Chris Barrie narrates this novel with skill and vocal dexterity. His character voices are spot on faithful to the TV series. This book has most of the plot lines from the Red Dwarf series but more of the back plots are explained, especially the time before Lister joined the space corp. The material is great and the narration is excellent. Sometimes the book deviates from the characters that were developed on the TV series, but put this to one side and accept that this book was the start of the whole Red Dwarf series and all will be well. A good spend of this months credit!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    Roade, Northants, United Kingdom
    11/9/08
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    "Hilarious"

    Fantastic, but I always did like Red Dwarf.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
    8/5/12
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    "Shame about the poor sound quality"

    Wonderful to hear the book ready by Chris Barrie but the sound quality is pretty poor in places.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Len
    United Kingdom
    1/20/12
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    "Brilliant! Chris Barrie Genius!"

    I love it, it's fantastic! Chris does such an excellent job of doing all the voices it's almost creepy. I'm sure it must annoy the rest of the original cast because Chris Barrie could comfortably pull off a one man radio show!

    Superb story, which I've read before, and yes I will be buying the next book but will try and delay for as long as possible because there are no more after that one :-(

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    4/16/09
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    "Do not listen on public transport"

    I have laughed out loud at this a number of times, not a good idea on the bus on the way to work! The tone of the narration is spot on. A must listen for all Red Dwarf fans

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa Darlington
    Dorset UK
    4/7/13
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    "They're All Dead Dave"

    What a great buy this was. It's the story of how Red Dwarf came to be. Chris Barrie has an amazing knack of impersonating the whole team, though Listers scouse was a little too pronounced !. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend to any smeg head !!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    London, UK
    4/5/13
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    "Chris Barrie is an absolute delight to listen to"

    The first thing you will notice is how good a voice actor and narrator Chris Barrie is. His range is fantastic and he absolutely nails every character's accent and quirks (not just Rimmer, his own character in the TV show) meaning it's almost like listening to a full cast radio play at times. Without him I doubt I would have enjoyed this audio book half as much as he's by far the best fiction narrator I've heard on Audible.



    The book itself follows more or less the plot of the first series of the TV show with more depth, and more laughs. Starting before Lister joins the Space Corps it gives more back story to both him and Rimmer. Regardless if you've seen the TV series or not the book is definitely worth a read/listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • anirban
    Harlow, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "excellent"

    Really excellent book, and really well read by Chir Barrie. It had me in stitches at time. Science fiction, comedy, totally bizzarre scenarios. I would recommend it for those who like Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.



    I had seen a few of the episoded previsouly and didnt really sustain my interest, but the audio book was something else totally. I was so engrossed it in. I immediately bought the next one (better than life), and enjoyed that too throughly. I did revisit the TV series, and realised the differences, and again didnt really sustain my interest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Llandysul, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Red Dwarf, not just for the fans"

    Even if you have never seen the TV series this is a hugely entertaining fun filled scifi book brought fully to life by the excellent characterisations of Chris Barrie's reading. It has everything, non conformist anti hero,supported by a cast of individuals who would not be out of place in a Dickens novel, if he wrote science fiction. Romance, adventure, sacrifice, and pathos in the life of the the last human in the universe. You do not want it to stop, and certainly at the end you will be looking for the sequel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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