I was really unimpressed by this book. The author got waaay too caught up in the details, almost as if he felt like he had something to prove. Heck, I'm an aerospace engineer and I was glazing over entire chapters. There definitely was not enough plot and character development to bring the reader into the story, and I'm sad to say that I was actually glad when it was over.
To amp things up on the entertainment scale, I'll be listening to the 2nd book of the Hunger Games - I'm not usually a fan of following the mainstream, but after being very entertained by listening to the first book I'm interested to see what's to come!
The narrator did his best with the content he was working with
I've heard so much about this book that my expectations were too high and I was a little disappointed. Good story, great narration, but something was missing to make the experience great for me.
A scientific expedition to an alien planet makes first contact... with themselves.
When the protagonist seals his wife in a rocket and launches her into orbit.
A conversation in which the protagonist realizes that if he wishes to save his wife, he has to decide which one of her.
This scifi is as thoughtful as A Space Oddessey, and seems as fresh as ever despite its publication date.
This is a phenomenal story, worthy of translating. It has you on the edge of your seat at times, and sifting through your own most private beliefs and philosophies at others. It simultaneously stimulates what every sci-fi reader appreciates, while reinforcing that which makes us human. Juliani's performance is second to none.
For film lovers, Tarkovsky's Solaris sits up there with Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey as ground-breaking classics and front runners of the true space age. But both films are well-known for being a bit opaque. Long shots of space and strange planetary surfaces. Not a lot of dialog. What's there to say?
So I was stunned to find Lem's story--and Julian's incredible narration of this new translation--to be so engaging, intimate, current and accessible. At the same time, the reality facing the newest arrival on Solaris Station is like a litmus test for one's sensitivity to horror. What's your Hari?
While appreciating Tarkovsky's film I was surprised by the technical depth Lem filled the planet of Solaris with and how well-tread he made the Station's halls feel, long before we ever made it into space. This and 2001 are indispensable for fans of the films and the sci-fi genre.
I found something oddly pleasant, albeit anachronistic, in listening to a narrated digital recording of a classic sci-fi novel wherein many discoveries on a distant planet far in the future are made in a library amongst the hand-written notes left by their predecessors.
I was first introduced to Solaris through the movie re-make (2002). I am a life long fan of sci-fi but honestly had a hard time fully understanding the movie. I purchased this Audible title and was rewarded by a rich, moving, deeply haunting story that lived up to the all of the accolades heaped on this tale. It prompted me to go back and revisit the 2002 movie and to also seek out and watch the 1972 version. Juliani's narration perfectly fit the mood and tone of the story and by the end I was left in that special space that only great sci-fi can take me to.
This is one of Lem's finest works. Required reading for any science fiction fan.
The first thing you must do before you listen to Solaris is to remove from your mind any memories of the film bearing the same name. That disappointing effort probably did more harm to Stanislaw Lem's wonderful work of science fiction than any poor review, and most likely has turned people away from reading the book itself. The truth is that given that Solaris was written in 1961, it remains poignant even today. Stanislaw Lem's portrayal of communication between completely different lifeforms and the issue of "anthropomorphism" also reflects our own difficulties with communication across cultures within our own species.
There are a couple of chapters that get a bit bogged down with pure description and taxonomy, but overall the book flowed well. Alessandro Juliani's narration is a fine performance, giving the book a natural, realistic feel.
But perhaps the most refreshing thing about this book is that it is "traditional" science fiction rather than merely a re-hash of the old good vs evil, right vs wrong type plot that just happens to be set on another world or in space.
Yes, because I was annoyed for a lot of the start of the book when it wasn't going the way I thought it would go. Now I realize it is more of a thought-provoking novel and would listen more to the details.
The Road, just because they are both futuristic and get people talking/thinking/debating. And they both are pretty exciting.
It was interesting enough for me to discuss it with others who were not reading it, to get their view on it. Also now I want to watch the movie.
I would recommend this novel.
This book does exactly what I believe good Sci-Fi is supposed to do, it gets you thinking beyond your everyday thoughts. How do humans interact with something totally outside their understanding? Excellent and thought provoking.a