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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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