Blade Runner

Blade Runner

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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In 2019 lifelike robots clash with their human makers in an effort to alter the destiny for which they have been programmed.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2007
Edition: 25th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9781415936795
Branch Call Number: PS3554.I3 D6 2007x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable audio file
Additional Contributors: Brick, Scott
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Fearful of the havoc 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 ... Read More »

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Jul 14, 2019

“Emigrate or degenerate! The choice is yours!”

-message courtesy of posters/TV ads/government junk mail

That’s where we start this tale of a future human man’s inner conflict. Androids don’t know they are androids but conversely doubt whether the bounty hunters really exist or would that be hope they don’t? They have a curiosity about natural creatures but with an unexpected evil bent fueling the testing of that curiosity.

When this story takes place, every regular non-android should have emigrated already to an off world colony. Deckard works for the San Francisco Police Department and keeps an electric black face Suffolk ewe on the roof of his apartment complex. Having an electronic animal is a status symbol, a live one even more so which motivates Deckard to continue his search for andy’s to retire, then claim the bounty money to buy a live animal.

Organic androids…humanoid robots…that’s what Philip K. Dick was predicting in his 1968 sci fi novel. Is that where we are now? Should we consider Rick Deckard’s end realization -

“The electric things have their lives too.”

-Rick Deckard

The reader, Scott Brick, aptly captures the world weary noir mood for place and characters in this cyber punk sci fi tale. His reading also conveys hope where there is little to be found. He has done very well.

Even though the book and original movie are dissimilar on many levels, the visuals from the movie flashed in my minds eye as I followed Rick Deckard as he retired andy’s for bounty money and status among his cohorts. This book is very different than the movie but very good in it’s own right. It invites the reader/listener to reflect on their own comfort with and attitudes toward technology.

Jan 16, 2018

I listened to the audio book before I watched the movie - and I was somewhat disappointed by the movie, it is no where as good as the audiobook. Great story, I didn't have a clue what was going to happen next.

JestyH Apr 20, 2017

Philip K. Dick wrote a novel called "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" From it was produced a movie called "Blade Runner," based loosely on the plot of Dick's book and with a significantly different message. I say this notwithstanding the fact that Dick approved the final script.

My question is: is this particular product, "Blade Runner by Philip K. Dick" in audio form, an audio version of "Do Androids Dream..." ? Or is it an audio version of the movie soundtrack? If anybody reads this and knows the answer, I'd appreciate an answer. Thanks!

Sep 05, 2014

This movie's message is not about "how we treat each other," as the previous commentator puts it. It is about "variants" on the original human DNA, e.g. genetically designed improved performer humanoids. In this film they say they were created to be used "on other planets," but (haha), were not humans used on this very planet as slaves just not so long ago? In fact, in 2003 in a Radio Canada (French) broadcast, in the "Years of Light" (Les Annees Lumiere) Sunday program there was a 30-minute summary and interviews from a 2-day Colloquium from Laval University (Quebec) and I recorded this program on tape. The Colloquium was about "The Dangers of Genetics" and it was about a report of the Bio-Ethics Commission of Bush Jr, which said that the present working people shall be improved to enhance performance and make them selfless and peaceful. So those "variants" are planned to be created and they will replace the present working class. The title of the Bush Commission's report is: "Beyond Therapy - Bio Technology for the Pursuit of Happiness." Employers will give preference to the improved humans, so mothers will agree to the intervention of their ovules, to have an offspring genetically modified. This film is about these kind of humans. The movie shows that the new superslaves' lifespan is planned to be rather short, up to 36 years. The hermaphrodites and clones are coming, guys! Watch the movie "The Sixth Day" with Arnold. Clones will not be our best friends but rather our competitors for employment.

Jul 30, 2011

A film that bears repeated viewings, relevant to our times and all times: How we mark out and treat "the other" is a significant theme.

Feb 28, 2008

Blah. 0 of 10 stars.


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