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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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Better than life - Funny as hell.

What a great listen. I had fun following the gang of Red Dwarf around the Universe through their series of mis-adventures. A fantastic way to pass the time with great laughs along the way.

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bit short

I really like the tv series and this book was just as entertaining as those.

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More brilliance

Awesome. The only thing that annoyed me was the sheer volume of the chapter music. Totally too loud. Other than that, brilliant book, thoroughly enjoyable.

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Amazing

As a huge fan of the TV series, I was pleasantly surprised to find the audio reading by Mr Barrie as good as the show. Barrie does a phenomenal job impersonating all the main characters voices. So much so its almost impossible to believe he is the only one reading it.

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Chris Barrie does it again. Awesome!

A great listen, I love the way Chris Barrie manages to pull off everyone's voices.

I've read this book many times but it was great to experience the audio version

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  • Richard P. Morris
  • 14-07-2016

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!

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  • Matthew Trotter
  • 06-07-2016

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.

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  • Chani B Ferens
  • 10-07-2015

Great!

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

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  • Kevin Crumpton
  • 26-04-2011

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.

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  • Chad
  • 23-04-2017

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..

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  • Istvan S. Balogh Jr.
  • 23-02-2017

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-2018

Chris Barrie! Do more narrations, pleeeeeez!

More than just a novelization of the show, the story adds explanations and details missing in the t.v. eps, and gives us whole new adventures. Mr. Barrie brings it to life. One forgets that one is not listening to a full-cast dramatization. Really! He's that good. Buy it and enjoy.

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  • M. McMurtry
  • 19-11-2017

Science-FANTASTIC !!!

Chris Barrie is MARVELOUS!!! Thank you Audible for making "Infinity Welcomes..." and "Better Than Life" available!!! I've worn out my cassettes !!! Please consider offering "Backwards" and "The Last Human". There's definitely an audience for them, especially considering RED DWARF XII just wrapped!!!
P L E A S E !!! 😄

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  • zapp brannigan
  • 11-10-2017

Best book ever

Fantastic story, so well written, funny, imaginative and gripping, I didn’t want to put it down.
Chris Barry give an amazing performance, can’t imagine anyone doing a better job.

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  • R. Celaya
  • 15-06-2017

A weak follow up to the first book

The first book expanded on the story of The crew of Red Dwarf providing a deeper background. You did not have to be a fan of the series to enjoy it.

The second book is the opposite. It feels repetitive and episodic. Literally the first half repeats the storyline from the end of the first book (escaping Better Than Life). The rest of the book takes snippets from episodes and strings them together.

Chris Barrie, the narrator and actor who plays Rimmer in the series, is excellent tho. He's able to mimic the voices of the other characters to the extend that your not sure if it's a full cast recording. He's the only reason I stuck through the end.

The last chapter by the way is good but it doesn't redeem the rest of the book. I think I'll pass on any further Red Dwarf novels.

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  • Christopher Wilton
  • 05-01-2011

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.

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  • janet
  • 15-11-2011

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!

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  • Howard
  • 23-12-2012

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

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  • Sally J
  • 11-02-2016

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.

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  • Ara
  • 31-03-2015

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.

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  • BFG
  • 02-03-2016

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.

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  • Diluare
  • 04-02-2016

Brilliant

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

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  • lisa
  • 19-06-2015

A great story

loved the story and enjoyed listening too the book on the way to work. :)

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  • Lu
  • 17-01-2015

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.

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  • Nerdette
  • 30-11-2014

It's life Rimmer but not as we know it!

Would you consider the audio edition of Red Dwarf: Better Than Life to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the book but once again Chris Barrie brings all the characters to life so fantastically well, I would take the audio over the book any day!

What did you like best about this story?

Have to say the narration was fantastic and the characters we know and love were all present and hilarious. The story was not as good as 'Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers' but it was still funny and enjoyable, it does end in a different place then I thought it would and I did want it to continue which I suppose is what it was meant to do.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The cockroaches idea was fantastic, also the scene with the Cat being actually useful and kicking butt with style and class was hilarious to listen too.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh, hard in places but not as much as the first book. This one seemed like a few little stories taped together, not in a bad way but the change of scene and time kept bringing me out of the story. By the end I enjoyed it and listened to it again as it was easy listening and funny.

Any additional comments?

I think you have to be a Dwarf fan to like this book, if you don't like the first one I would not recommend this one but it was an enjoyable listen and will be one of the books I keep for those days when your brain needs some easy comedy to listen too.

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