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Red Dwarf

Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers
Narrated by: Chris Barrie
Series: Red Dwarf, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Comedy, Other
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Nominated for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2008.

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

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Best audiobook in the universe

Chris Barrie really is fantastic voicing this, he somehow can do every characters voice to perfection, complete with comic timing and accents! I hope he voices more books full stop, very talented and compelling to listen to.

I'd read this book when I was younger and I'm glad I decided to revisit it in this format! Can't wait to listen to the next book!

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hilarious, deeper and richer than the tv show.

Chris Barrie is an excellent narrator. Does great impressions of Lister and the Cat. Very funny and clever. A more detailed and interesting story than the TV show.

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Really entertaining

As a long time fan of the TV series, Chris Barrie's narration pulled me in and kept me in. His impressions of the actors playing Lister, Kryten and The Cat was uncanny, effortless and immersive. It's the prequel to the story we know and love told beautifully. Good value for money, this one!

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Definitely worth it

Good funny listen chris barrie's narrating was excellent! Loved the show and never realised there was a book this was a great find!

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well written, well executed.

well written, well executed. A top work of fiction suported by a genius narator. Would reccomend to anybody looking for an entertaining book.

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One of the best sci-fi

It is sci-fi but a very different one. It is in fact a real novel with advanced character building. Performance is extraordinary. I listened to it twice back-to-back and would listen again later.

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So much fun~

The performance is superb.
The story is superb.
The book is super funny. I can listen to this again and again.

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my all time favourite book

I was giving this book when I was about 15 and read it cover to cover 3 maybe 4 times before I ever even saw the TV show. after having seen the show I re-read the book and it was even better having faces and personalities to go along with the characters. this however made it even better! listening to the journey again being read by Rimmer him self was amazing.

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who doesn't lovered dwarf

great story brilliantly read, it was as if Lister was right with me. I
looking for the next .

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a good short read

I love it when the reader uses voices for different characters a bit short though

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  • Missy Hoppe
  • 03-07-2008

Finally!

I've been wanting to find this book unabridged for years! Chris Barrie is an awesome narrator, and I wish he read more books. The way he can do the voices of all the RD characters is nothing short of amazing! Thank you, Audible, for making this book available. Let's hope that Better than Life is coming soon!

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  • john
  • 03-03-2009

In Space No One Can Hear You Smeg!!!

A classic Audio Production that needs more like it in the series to be offered on Audible.

Chris Barrie does a spectacular reading and does the impressions of his cast members don to a T.

We would welcome more of this to Audible

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  • Chad
  • 21-04-2017

Simply OUTSTANDING.....

Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

Narration 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 first 2 Seasons 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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  • asdfasdfasdf
  • 17-08-2015

Must Listen for RD Fans!

Totally hilarious, just like the show in its glory days. Chris Barrie, Rimmer on the show, is the perfect narrator. Of course he can do Rimmer, but his impressions of Lister, the Cat, Holly and Kryten are spot on as well. This isn't just a novelization tie-in, this is a very enjoyable story in its own right. Do not miss!

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  • S. Pike
  • 19-10-2011

A great Sci-Fi parody classic.

If you liked "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", "Airplane" the movie, Naked Gun or anything like them you'll probably like this too. If you hate them you'll probably hate this. I loved this series, I loved this book when I got it as a kid as one of my first science fiction books from the sci-fi book club in the mail. When I first read it I didn't realize it was parody until I was well into it. This was probably my first exposure to parody sci-fi/fantasy stories and warped me. With Chris Barie's, one of the actors from the TV show based on this book reading it is a real delight since he is very talented at doing different voices for the characters. A must buy for parody and Red Dwarf fans.
Lister gets frozen for 3 millions years to save him from a radiation leak on the mining ship Red Dwarf and ends up as the last living human in the universe. With a creature that evolved from his pet cat and the hologram program of his dead annoying roommate Rimmer and a senile computer of the ship named Holly he decides to turn the ship around and find out what happened to humanity in 3 million years and survive with his sanity intact.

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  • Becca
  • 23-06-2019

A fine treat for Dwarfers everywhere!

I saw a documentary once in which I learned that Chris Barrie is in fact an excellent impressionist. I heard moments of his impressions of his castmates from Red Dwarf and was very impressed with how good they were. In this audiobook, I was first excited to see an actual Dwarfer was going to narrate. That was bliss enough - or so I thought.

Now, the description says that this is read by Chris Barrie. It does not mention any other contributor. Nevertheless, and this with knowing Chris's vocal talents, I actually stopped playback and went back to re-read the description when I heard Lister. About halfway into the book, I had heard just enough "not quite" moments of Lister, Cat, and Holly to decide they were impressions. Or most of them were. I had second thoughts when I heard Kryten, but again, there were moments.

The odd side character here and there that I knew would have been voiced by Chris helped somewhat. Though all the Dwarfers were done well (with Rimmer quite obviously being on point, given it's Chris's own character anyway), I would have to say the next best is likely Lister or Holly (depends on the scene), then Kryten, then Cat.

I'm still not convinced there wasn't an uncredited cameo or two in there somewhere. 😊 I have been a professional audio technician/engineer doing live house reinforcement plus stagework and recording, trained audio for newscasting while working on the production crew at a television station, and spent some time as an audiobook technical editor.

I'm still not sure Chris did it all - but I suspect he did. And yes, he's THAT. GOOD.

As for the story, what can I say? I have two copies of this book (now three, including the audiobook), all the RD episodes on DVD and Series 1-8 on VHS, blooper reels, two volumes for the roleplaying game (which I have never played but have been given as gifts by family), shirts, buttons, an RD episode guide, and of course, the next book (which I now have in multiple formats). Every time I read written RD material, I "hear" it in the character voices. Now I get to actually HEAR it in the character voices, or a nearly indistinguishable replica of it. All in all, listening to this with my headphones on while doing cleaning, or in the car during my daily commute was just about Better Than Life.

(Sorry. I had to. )

Highly recommended for any Dwarfer or RD-curious. If you've only seen the shows, this is the back story and covers a good number of the seasons with broad strokes, weaving them into a unified story. Definitely worth a read - even if you end up imagining scenes from the show as you listen and find yourself reciting certain bits of dialogue along with the playback, as I did. This one is staying in my library for frequent re-listens. But for now, I'm off to begin BTL, and we'll see if I ever come out. 😉

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  • Richard
  • 17-05-2017

audio control

You'll need to stay on top of audio control. Whenever​ the theme song and introductions come into play. If you are using a pair of headsets or close to the speakers.

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  • Skip57
  • 16-05-2017

If you didn't see the BBC show...

I'm guessing if you were a fan of the old BBC space spoof this book would be awesome. Having not seen it, the book doesn't stand well on its own. Clever plot idea but stretched out too far and the jokes are over done. I found myself fast forwarding to try and get to the end I knew was coming.

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  • Darrel
  • 04-04-2011

For serious fans only.

If you're a fan of the series, it's a great review of things, and has some enjoyable bits to it. If you're not, there's a lot not to recommend--in particular, the chapters are bookended by an instrumental rendition of the show's theme...done at the end and beginning of the chapter. Yes, this means that you have to listen to it twice, back to back, in order to get to the next bit of the story. Still, if you're a fan, it's worth enduring some rough patches to enjoy the story.

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  • Greg
  • 10-09-2008

Helped if you watched the TV series

My wife and I loved the Red Dwarf television series so this review is very biased. This audiobook's content actually filled in some of the gaps in the storyline of the TV series so I'm not sure how this book will appeal to anyone who is not already familiar with the series. The narrator actually played Rimmer in the series and voices the other characters impeccably like those on TV.

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  • Leon
  • 22-08-2008

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!

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  • Jonathan
  • 04-09-2008

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.

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  • Heather
  • 16-04-2009

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

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  • Len Marten
  • 20-01-2012

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 :-(

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  • jon
  • 25-02-2016

Wow for the voices

I think this is as funny as any comedy sci-fi can be - just as entertaining as HitchHikers Guide. Chris Barrie's performance and impersonations are perfect - what a star

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  • Tony
  • 09-11-2008

Hilarious

Fantastic, but I always did like Red Dwarf.

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  • Kyenoz
  • 07-04-2013

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 !!

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  • Dan
  • 30-08-2011

It's Rimmer doing Red Dwarf, Of course it's great!

I finished this today, having not read this book in about a decade. I'm so glad I'd forgotten almost all of it, because hearing it all over again with the voice of Chris Barrie was just wonderful!

He gets all the intonations just spot on, except, ironically, for Rimmer, which he has a tendency to over-compensate and make a little high-pitched, to disassociate it from his own voice. However, it's infrequent and doesn't detract from the experience.

The story is as good as it ever was, aside from a few misses in the future-tech front (the ships photo development lab for example!) but somehow it adds to the charm of the book, capturing the utter mundanity of life, even hundreds of years from now. And anyway, their comedy writers, not Michio Kaku!

The only problem is this was my free download and now I'll actually have to fork out for the sequel!!

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  • J
  • 20-02-2016

What a great choice of narrator

He's always been a good mimic and really brings the story to life. For anyone who doesn't know the TV series, I won't spoil the plot but don't be put off by it sounding too like a sci fi novel its hysterical The only thing that spoilt it is the volume of the music compared to the narrative


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  • Fred
  • 03-12-2013

A whole series, squashed between a single story

What made the experience of listening to Red Dwarf the most enjoyable?

Chris Barry reprises his crown of the voiceover king, with impressions of Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Norman Lovett, Robert Llewellyn and a plethora of his own voices bring the story to life, and lend an air of the television series to the narrative.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Impossible, it is one of those rare occasions where everyone is a joy to experience. If you have to pick a favourite then you'll probably like me, find yourself hoping the fight lasts the distance.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

From the introduction of Kryten, to when he unscrews his own head - I don't think I was give the option to pause for breath once! I highly recommend listening to this bit in the privacy of your own home, otherwise people will think you're a little nuts as you laugh, giggle and titter manically to yourself.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Well it was a TV show so most of the work would be done for me! However in the interest of fun I'll endeavour to think of one.
One man with a single thought on his mind - returning home, and a universe that is intent on keeping the two apart.

Any additional comments?

Whilst many will know of this as a TV show must not confuse this with a simple copy. It is a book that includes many lines of the show - certainly, but it strings together the individual cruxes of the shows episodes into one flowing and elegant story. you never feel the book is forced or mashed together and even after watching the show I can listen to the book and not feel I am 'watching' for lack of a better word, a re-run.

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