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Red Dwarf: Better Than Life Audiobook

Red Dwarf: Better Than Life

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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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    Christopher Wilton 05/01/2011 Listener Since 2008
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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.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    janet birmingham, United Kingdom 15/11/2011
    janet birmingham, United Kingdom 15/11/2011 Member Since 2015
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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!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Ipswich, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Howard Ipswich, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2015
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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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mitch wilson 05/08/2015
    mitch wilson 05/08/2015 Member Since 2012
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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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Arghavan 31/03/2015
    Arghavan 31/03/2015
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BFG 02/03/2016
    BFG 02/03/2016
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    "Funny and well read by Chris Barrie"

    Chris adds his own charm and great mimicry to the voices and sound affects that make this enjoyable to both new and avid Red Dwarf fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sally J britain 11/02/2016
    Sally J britain 11/02/2016 Member Since 2013

    An avid listener of fiction, it almost makes the long journey to work worth it.

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    "love it, Chris Barrie is brilliant"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diluare UK 04/02/2016
    Diluare UK 04/02/2016
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    "Brilliant"

    I can't wait for the next installment, this was brilliantly read and different from the television series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lisa 19/06/2015
    lisa 19/06/2015
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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
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    Lu 17/01/2015
    Lu 17/01/2015
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    "It's Red Dwarf."

    If you're a fan of RD, then it's exactly what you'd expect.
    If not, it's funny, listen to it and you'll be a fan too.
    A couple of mispronounced words if I'm going to be picky, but all in all, I love this book. Be nice if the other two RD books were available on audible too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Richard P. Morris
    14/07/16
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Trotter
    06/07/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chani B Ferens
    MONROEVILLE, PA, US
    10/07/15
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    "Great!"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin Crumpton
    26/04/11
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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
  • Erik
    05/05/17
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    "Chris Barry's performance 10/10"

    An absolute must for any Red Dwarf fan. This is easily one of the best books I've listed to because of Chris Barrie's brilliant performance of telling the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chad
    Baltimore, MD
    23/04/17
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    "Simply Amazing Sequel Book"

    Red Dwarf: Better than life

    Narration again by Chris Barre Himself who Played Rimmer in the Original BBC TV Show, does an unbelievable job, and despite only him Narrating he does the voices of Holley, Lister, Cat and of Course Rimmer beautifully.

    "Red Dwarf" serves as a companion novel to the British science-fiction television series produced by Grant Naylor Productions,  by Doug Naylor and Rob Grant.

    The plot of the book loosely adapts episodes from the Seasons 3-4 of the BBC Show, and uses the novel format to explore the characters backstory more than they ever could in the half-hour episodes while expanding existing scenes far beyond the means available to them on the television series' budget and runtime.

    Red Dwarf Started in 1989 and just finished production on Series XII Releasing in 2017

    Fans of the show will enjoy this, though they should read it after watching the series as it contains spoilers, and reenacted scenes from the Show with more details, and it will appeal to those who enjoy similar works such as

    "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
    And "Dr. Who"

    Highly, Highly Recommended..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Istvan S. Balogh Jr.
    23/02/17
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    "Where are the other two books in this series!!!"

    I love the show and I love these two books. I hope that they bring the rest of the books into the Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rohn
    25/01/17
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    "Good Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Red Dwarf: Better Than Life the most enjoyable?

    like being able to listen while I drive


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Got to love Dave


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

    none


    Who was the most memorable character of Red Dwarf: Better Than Life and why?

    the cat


    Any additional comments?

    Love the Red Dwarf story. Felt like this story could have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    13/05/16
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    "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......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica-Marie Gervais
    26/03/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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