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
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!
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
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.
Army Reservist & British Master Chef.
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.
An avid listener of fiction, it almost makes the long journey to work worth it.
just looking for more but I don't think they did any. Really enjoyed this book and the first, good choice for any dwarfers out there.
"Would give 11 stars for this performance!"
Chris Barrie's performance is among the best I have heard. Hilarious and touching, a tour-de-force!
"Chris Barrie, need I say more?"
The story is good, but the narration is spectacular. Chris does very good voices for the whole crew, don't miss this one.
Chris Barrie was perfect. He brought it all to life. Wish there were 10 more!
"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.
"Red Dwarf is cult comedy"
Ya just can't get better than Red Dwarf when it comes to zany, crazy, British, syfy comedy, especially when it was read by, one of the original cast members of the TV show. Did Chris really do all the voices? If he did, he is more of a genius than I thought! Any other Red Dwarf books are only a pitiful imitation of these 2 books. They are the real deal. Love ya Lister. You are da man......
"Too bad, the first book was better"
While the first novel was an easy listen and had a great pace, it seems after the well-paced BTL debacle the rest of the novel drrrrrraaaaaaaaggggggged. Chris Barrie was as awesome a reader as ever, but the story just didn't grab me as much as the first did.
Rimmer gains some personal insight in chacha heels, SDRAWKCAB makes a comeback (fans of Red Dwarf series [season] 3 will get the caps joke) and Lister makes something of himself which is nice, but the book ends on a major cliffhanger with no relief in sight.
For those that want to know: the books are written (with no show continuity, timeframes bounce around) with most of the stories of series one, two and about half of the third. I haven't gotten my hands on the subsequent books, but I remember hearing that after the Grant/Naylor split, the books went off on different tangents from this point; here's hoping that they will someday record them as I'm curious of the "parallel universes" the split created.
Don't get me wrong! It's a great book, but be prepared for a slow moving story after a while.
Chris Barrie does an unbelievable job at everyone's voices and the story is so engrossing that it feels like you're actually watching Red Dwarf.
"Second audiobook in the series"
This is the second in the Chris Barrie-narrated Red Dwarf series (which is vastly better than the other Red Dwarf series). There are only two of them on Audible.com, though, all that exists I suspect. Chris Barrie is a freaking genius, and Red Dwarf was and still is my favorite TV show of all time. It's so good it's been revived for seasons 11 and 12 in 2015/16!
"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.
"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.
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