Blade Runner: Originally published as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Written by:
Philip K. Dick
Narrated by:
Scott Brick

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
186
Narrator
25
Release Date
November 2007
Duration
9 hours 12 minutes
Summary
The classic sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which inspired two major motion pictures: Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049

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
 
“[Philip K. 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
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NAthan W.

Boring story, and it is read so slowly.

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John Dodd

An interesting experience. Great book, great narration. It really adds to the movies atmosphere and plot. I think I'd have to listen again though to understand it all. I guess that makes me a bit of a chicken head.

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Anonymous

Fantastic story...even better than the movie! This gives the listener a better insight to the world Deckard lives in, and a great appreciation of animals.

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Hans H.

I liked the narration, but didn’t LOVE it. A few places felt a bit flat in the book, as thought the Narrator was bored. Great book, which spawned an even better movie. The differences between the two genres were stark though If you like anything written in this cyber-dystopian fashion, this book is definitely one of the OGs of the subject! Go on, try it out!

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Austin P.

Not exceptionally cyberpunkish, though you can see some foundations. As a body of work, it seems confused on the actual theming it wants to tell. What are the androids analogous to? There is no real resolution to this, as we see mentally ill and other outsiders both put above, below, and equivalent to them. I find it to be confusing, and if there isn't really a metaphor in there, then its too long-winded about nothing. There's portions of the book that are outright silly, and most of Deckard's story is a bunch of random events happening in sequence. The story of Isidore is much more interesting, portrays the themes of the novel better, but still flounders at its end when the man is put up against Deckard. There's some foundation of interest, but in the end just amounts to a pile of sand. In some ways, I can see the quality and thematic ending, but in others, it really turns out hopeless and a bit pointless, rather than seeing a world drifting away, we're met with a world that could possibly have hope, were it not for the writer going out of his way to say "No, it's bad, it's all bad." Still, it kept me engaged, and had some fun bits, Isidore's story keeps it from getting too bad. The narrator is fine, his voice fits the time period of the piece.

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Costin P.

I love de movie. Am now love the book also!

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