• Blade Runner

  • Originally published as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (10,357 ratings)

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Blade Runner

By: Philip K. Dick
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Editorial review

By Emily Martin


I have a poster of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner hanging up in my living room, but, like any self-respecting book person, before I'd seen the famous movie adaptation, I read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The first time I read Philip K. Dick's novel, straightforward but filled to the brim with invention and thought-provoking concepts, was for a science fiction class as an undergrad. At the time, I had no idea what "cyberpunk" meant, and I certainly didn't understand the difference between an android and a robot. But Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? opened up my eyes to how sci-fi could engage the imagination.

If you've seen Blade Runner and have read or listened to the novel it’s based on, then you know that the film is not exactly what one would call a "faithful" adaptation. In fact, when I teach this book and this film in my dystopian fiction courses, students are often disappointed in the movie after reading the book first. But I think both the movie and the film are essential parts of the sci-fi canon. Both works are in conversation with each other. And both have significant things to say about the meaning of life, what it means to feel emotions, and (most essentially) what it means to be human.

Simply put, science fiction would not be where it is today without the influence of Blade Runner. And yet the audiobook is more than just an important part of sci-fi history. It's actually an incredibly engrossing, edge-of-your-seat, unforgettable ride. The future world that Philip K. Dick paints for us in his novel is a bleak one, filled with desperate characters fighting to find meaning in a world that has left them behind. But it's also a world where humanity—including androids—fights to do so much more than just survive. They're fighting for a life that feels full. Just like the rest of us.

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Publisher's summary

Here is the classic sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, set nearly thirty years before the events of the new Warner Bros. film Blade Runner 2049, starring Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Robin Wright.

By 2021, the World War has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies build incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. They’ve even built humans. Immigrants to Mars receive androids so sophisticated they are indistinguishable from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans can wreak, the government bans them from Earth. Driven into hiding, unauthorized androids live among human beings, undetected. Rick Deckard, an officially sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to find rogue androids and “retire” them. But when cornered, androids fight back—with lethal force.

Praise for Philip K. Dick

“[Dick] sees all the sparkling—and terrifying—possibilities . . . that other authors shy away from.” - Rolling Stone

“A kind of pulp-fiction Kafka, a prophet.”- The New York Times

©1968 Philip K. Dick (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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