I was just blown away with the story. Having only seen the recent American remake, I was not impressed. However, hearing the story the movies (Russian and American) are based on my opinion was completely reversed. I was so astounded by the details that I missed and was completely captivated by this tail. The themes the story explores make it it one of the most thought-provoking stories I have read in a long time.
The philosophy this story puts out there is worthy of contemplation.
No, but given the complexity and abstraction of some of its themes, surprisingly close to the written version. However, in contrast to the 2 filmed versions of "Solaris", this unabridged and entirely new translation (which has the author's approval) contains the entirety of the discourse on the scientific and philosophical concepts and issues. There might be a tendency to skim through such passages, with their references to imagined studies and theories, but Juliani's reading of this material invests it with the power of someone fired by intellectual pursuit.
The oddity of it all, from the perspective of an English-reading listener, with its existential ruminations on science, the meaning of life, consciousness, faith, fate and love. It is nonetheless compelling in its depiction of a future at once recognizable and novel. The intricacies in the descriptions of geology and pathology of the planet Solaris, and the discussions and deconstructions of an entirely imagined history of the science of Solaristics, is an extraordinary demonstration of Lem's ability to imagine a world and universe different than ours. But there are at most 5 active characters in the book, and their interactions and motivations within this wholly alien context (and Lem's writing within the Soviet system at the time it was published which adds to the sense of oppressive strangeness) draw the listener relentlessly into a philosophical discourse about man's place in the universe and his limitations and those of his inventions.
Lem depicts an alien consciousness, if that is what it can be called, that is impenetrable, unknowable and unreachable. So this is not your ordinary "first contact" story, nor a world-in-peril story, but an examination of deeper' philosophical themes. Part of a man's confronting the reality that he may not be the center of the universe is a need, not easily met, of justifying himself.
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
I've listened to many books - this one was interesting to me, but not a favorite. It would be unfair to say it is 50th out of 200 or some such thing, but it isn't in my top 10.
The book had quite a few passages that were memorable for their emotional impact or for being thought provoking. I don't want to spill any story elements though.
I thought the reading was done very well and the store is worth a listen. There are things to think about here - but they aren't on the surface generally. honestly I probably should re-listen to this one or read it in print as I know I missed some allusions and or symbolism.
The book is quite descriptive, going into great detail about some things which seem a bit trivial in addition to elements which are central to the narrative. This may or may not be to your liking.
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!