It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill... Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!
©1968 Philip K. Dick; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
Surely, as this is a telling of 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' should it not be called the same? Having been a fan of the film for many years I had never got around to reading the book. It is so completely different it was almost a different story. So why call it 'Blade Runner'?
Well read; excellent story; so random and confusing in places it made my head sore. A must for any sci fi fans who likes off-the-world worlds.
Big fan of Philip K Dick & this is a classic.
The only criticism for me is the readers slow rather soporific delivery that rather downplays the faster moving pace & excitement of the story.
Doesn't really help when you speed up on your listening device either, then it sounds unnatural.
I felt that the reading matched the style of the voice perfectly i.e. world-weary narrator, inescapable doom.
Anyone expecting a fast paced scifi adventure, or even cop adventure for that matter, look elsewhere.
There are some similarities with the film, but it seems that the film makers added a lot. If they used the term "blade runner" anywhere then I missed it, and there was none of the iconic photo zooming.
It is quite dark, quite slow and in places maybe a little depressing, It is Philip K Dick after all, that is too be expected (the short story Total Recall is based on I don't recall a single shot being fired!).
But it is enjoyable if that is what you are in the mood for, just don't go expecting an action packed thrill ride with a Disney ending! Remember that the main tool in a bounty hunter's arsenal (not blade runner) is a interview to determine subtle physiological response to stress! This does not lend it self to big shoot outs and explosions
It took me a little while to get used to the reader, but I liked him overall, especially the way he pronounced the protagonist's surname "Deckard"
One really annoying thing, the androids are referred to as andies which makes them sound a little too cute, I much prefer the term replicant, makes them sound a little more threatening.
I'd never seen the movie, but knew all about its cult status and decided to give the book a try.
The narration was good, the story was a great idea, but it just didn't work very well. It was very slow in places and what should have been the high point of the story was rushed over and anti-climactic.
I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it and I'm sure die-hards will like it, but to me it doesn't compare to the last book I listened to (Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game)
As mentioned by others, this is the Philip K Dick book, not the film screenplay. The narrator is very deadpan and I lost interest in the story after about an hour. I will get and read the book but the lack of expression in the story left me cold. So in summary, cannot properly comment on the story but 1 star for the package.
OK, lets get this straight from the start..... this is not Blade Runner (the movie).
This is the book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", the book that the screenplay of the movie is based on.
Bear that in mind and this is not a bad book. Look for something that resembles the movie and you will be disappointed. I agree, the book is well read and the story is ok, but I have to also agree that certain areas are laboured on, when the exciting bits seem to lack description and pace.
I still enjoyed this book and would recommend it - mainly to those that have not seen the film or come with any presumptions
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