Definitely one of the best science fiction novels ever written. Wonderfully read — full of feeling, clear and precise diction and the characters given genuine personality by the narrator. This is the first-rate performance-reading that this outstanding book deserves.
If you are not a science fiction fan, please do not be put off by this book's labeling. More than perhaps any book in the sci-fi category, Solaris is a novel which deserves to be read outside of its genre. At the heart of it is a story of love and remorse. The science fiction and the Solaris of the title are only vehicles for Lem to investigate our humanity in the face of the inexplicable universe.
I enjoyed this book. There are moments of really great imagery here. The narration was stellar for the entire reading. Today, in 2011, we have the benefit of hindsight to better conceptualize the amazing technological foresight of Stanislaw Lem. There are maybe 20 minutes total, disbursed throughout the entire novel that get bogged down. It’s the content in those sections. A series of too many technically-descriptive words in sequence for the ear. When reading the written word this is not a problem, you can allow your eyes to quickly rescan the previous lines to adjust your comprehension.
Overall, Solaris gets a definitive yes for all lovers of the sci-fi genre.
I had expected standard quality science fiction for escape entertainment but I was surprised how well written this book was. The science and the history of the planet were very detailed which on its own I found fascinating. The characters, their unique reactions to the "visitors" and what they really are had me thinking long after I finished. Ultimately a story about contact and how difficult that is when the beings are so wildly different.
I really liked Solaris, it is an interesting story with an interesting plot structure. What I really wanted to put this review up for was to ask if anyone else thought it sounded like Snaut was Alessandro doing a Micheal Hogan (Tigh from BSG) impression?
the story itself without all the scientific mumbo jumbo that just drones on and on and on is actually pretty good...but if you take out all the science droning on the book would only be half as long...
Alessandro Juliani did an awesome job as narrator of this story. That being said, my impression of this book is that there were long periods of boredom sprinkled with some mildly interesting bits and ending with more boredom. I listened to the whole book hoping it would have a point. If it did, I missed it.
Well read. Not a lively tale. Much of the content was dedicated to character and scene development. Had to plod through that to get to the interesting interactions and events.
There were times when the book was fully captivating, and many, many times when I fell asleep while trying desperately to stay involved with the story. There are times when there is a true air of mystery and you want them to solve that mystery. They set off to solve the mystery and then the book just sort of ends without really ending. I actually was waiting for the little voice to say, "You've reached the end of a part, but not the end of the book"... unfortunately the end credits then played. I'd like to give the book more than two stars, but I just really can't. It is VERY good at times, down right fantastic even and just God awful slow at others and without an ending, it really only gets two stars.