Bob Arctor, undercover narcotics agent, is trying to find a lead to the source of supply, but to pass as an addict he must become a user, and soon, without knowing what is happening to him, he is as dependent as any of the addicts he is monitoring.
Now a cult classic film starring Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey Jr. Read by Paul Giamatti.
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By Amazon Customer on 14-12-13
Brilliant resurrection of an abandoned read
Where does A Scanner Darkly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
In particular this was one of my abandoned reads. So like other abandoned reads I was interested to give it a second go, albeit as an audiobook. Amongst all the audio books I've listened to and I include audio books I've heard before using Audible, this is easily the best. In fact I would say for me this was better as an audio book over a traditional read.
What was one of the most memorable moments of A Scanner Darkly?
Anyone not wishing a spoiler , should look away now, but the disintegration of Bob Arctor particularly when he arrives at the clinic
Which character – as performed by Paul Giamatti – was your favourite?
Barris easily, I could almost imagine Robert Downey Jr taking over the microphone
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I would have liked to but I didn't have the time but it did encourage me to listen to the book at times I would not have listened to another book
Any additional comments?
Its a stark read, when you think about substance addiction, but this makes the read even more compelling. I also think that its an interesting counterbalance read when considering the literature of psychedelia. For me it brings into sharp distinction the irresponsibility of a book like the Doors of Perception, even though I generally like Aldous Huxley
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By Harry Mallalieu on 24-06-18
A powerful audiobook
I first read this book 5 years ago and this audiobook was a great find. A really powerful story of a group of friends battle with addiction. Laugh out loud funny in places and solemn and moving in others. Definitely worth a listen.