Even though I have seen the movie a couple of times, I still purchased this audiobook and enjoyed listening to it. The narrator did a good job.
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
I have seen multiple versions of the movie based on this book, yet I had never read the book. I'm glad that I did because it's so much better than any of the movies (especially the dreadful George Clooney version). One of the reasons that I enjoyed this book is that it seems as if it's within the grasp of reality while still seeming to be science fiction. This is a classic against which other science fiction should be measured.
A deep and thoughtful book. Not what I expected, but in a good way. I thought the narration was very good, and kept things interesting. The plot too was good, though it dragged in places. I think the author set up a very interesting situation in order to shine a light on some much bigger questions.
Yes. Considering when it was written this story offers a wonderful premis to consider the meaning of life and human behaviour in a world well beyond what has previously, or currently been imagined.
I found the ending frustrating, but on reflection, it fitted the philosophical dilemmas that pervaded the story.
I have not listened to Alessandro Juliani before and look forward to hearing more of his performances
What are we afraid of?
I loved the writing style of this book, so much descriptive detail, but found it slow in parts. This would be my only critical comment of the experience of Solaris.
The reading was very good, with good voices for the main characters.
The story is interesting, but, there are some slow sections of long pointless detail about landscape.
Rich, Emotional, Touching, Smart, and most of all - VERY BELIEVABLE - an important characteristic for Sci Fi.
Give yourself time and space to listen to this one - it is transcending!
A planet-sized organism probes its human investigators in ways that they can barely understand. The novel puts you close to an oceanic being and goes deeper and deeper into philosophy. This is one book I will keep on my iphone permanently.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I would not put it up there with my all-time favorite sci-fi (Rendezvous With Rama, The Mote in God's Eye, others), but it gives them a run for their money.
For some reason, I was initially turned off by the idea of a "living planet" because it smacked too much of the "Gaia" concept, which I associate with a lot of bad, preachy-teachy sci-fi and fantasy. I'd assumed it had an environmentalist message (i.e. Solaris as a stand-in for earth - take care of the earth, it's a living thing, etc., etc.) and written it off.
Then for some reason (I suppose it was this "definitive edition" and the fact that the clip Audible provided caught my interest), I took a chance and downloaded this, and am very happy I did. I was totally wrong in my assumptions about this story. I enjoyed it a lot, and recommend it.
Lem creates a very compelling world and asks some probing questions. And although dated, the material holds up well, as it deals with more existential philosophy, rather than hard science. The narrative does sometimes ramble and I found some parts only held my interest because of the outstanding voice acting of Alessandro Juliani. However, this is a hauntingly beautiful book and with this recording well worth the money.