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
"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.
"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!
Fantastic, but I always did like Red Dwarf.
"Shame about the poor sound quality"
Wonderful to hear the book ready by Chris Barrie but the sound quality is pretty poor in places.
"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 :-(
"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
"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 !!
"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.
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.
"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.
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