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  • 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
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (411 ratings)

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Blade Runner

By: Philip K. Dick
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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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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An interesting comparison

Having loved the movies and meaning to read this text... it was quite a surprise to finally achieve the end... baffled by the spiritual struggles and plot points .... enjoyed the fleshed out character details... confused by the alternative police station (spoiler).... loved thinking about the contents of the two movies and train spotting the elements of the second 2077 version... well worth the listen

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Dialed Noir on the Mood Organ

There's too many good words to say about Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and Blade Runner. If you listen carefully, you will discover enlightenment that will take a lifetime to unravel.

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Ya gotta

So good. The narration is beautifully paced and the character voice work perfect. Have already read the book on the page so the story isn’t new, but I never get tired of being in that world. Much deeper than the movie, more emotionally beautiful. But also perfectly complementary to the movies. That’s two perfects and two beautifuls in one thought - it must be good. I recommend.

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So much more to the story!

I loved this book and the extra layers that never made it to the movie.
"I am a scourge, a plague!"

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Nothing like the movie!....

This shares a minimal smattering of well known names, and the Voight Kampf. Apart from that the story is completely different. I did find some of the "deep thought scenes" a bit drawn out. But that's my opinion. I have heard better more engaging books. But you can see how much re-writing went into the movie. I was hoping to get more clarification and an extension on the movie...nope its a NEW story.

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Great classic, great narration

This was my first audiobook, and what an introduction! Scott was great in his narration, and masterfully changed inflection for the characters.

I've been trying to read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep for a few months now, and found it to be difficult to follow on paper, however this reading enabled me to follow along and gain more insight than I ever gained from the book.

Blade Runner was inspired by Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, so you'll find a different experience with this book compared to the movie, and many opportunities to pause and think about morality and life.

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Excellent performance and interpretation

Listening to this narration deeply changed my understanding of this book. The reading is slow and deliberate, bringing to the front the strange coldness of the androids, the decayed world, and the anxieties of the characters.

It is difficult not to read the book in light of the movie, but this reading makes a very strong case for what it is in its own right. Still, I also enjoyed finding each element brought out in the movie also resting here.

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An unfinished, crippled story.

A typical case of an author who lost interest in the story halfway. A crippled, unfinished story. Sad.

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Better than the movie

Love the Bladerunner movie then this is a must listen. Great in depth look into the world and many more layers than the movie. First rate narrator

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It's a weird story

Narrator was great. A weird story but I had to see what happened and finished the story. I don't know if I liked it...or maybe I did, I dont know!

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