"A little bit of nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men!" - Willy Wonka
Too much science Star Trek babble, not enough character development. I also felt the narrator when he spoke as the female lead was (for me) just terrible. I literary cringed when he whispered has her....
In any event, at only 6 hours I finished it.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
yes it was a very well written story.
I am not a fan of stories about people who may or may not be going crazy because they are so bored. I live that life already. Well, but not in space.
He did a fabulous job narrating this story. I might say his narration kept it interesting for me.
In space, everything can hear you scream.
Actually this ended up being a pretty good mystery story. I also liked the way the story was told. Being Sci-Fi there is a certain amount of belief suspension required but this was a story about figuring out what was real and not real within this world that Stanislaw created. Alessandro Juliani must live sci-fi because he completely submerged himself into this world and narrated it beautifully.
Not at all. The plot was exceedingly slow. I'm not even sure the plot existed.
The performance was fine. It was the book that was poorly written.
All of them.
This is a Swedish author riding on the coat tails of the current attention to this newest group of writers. It's unfortunate because he simply can't deliver.
I liked the relationships. The descriptions of the phenomena I found tedious.
I didn't know it was the ending. That was my biggest problem with the book.
I enjoyed the conversations between the two men.
Try other types of books.
The story while much hyped didn't really impress me in any way. There was no wow moment for me and I've seen much better handling in the SF realm of planet size intelligences.
As with many science fiction books, the focus is on the science and not the character development. None of the people felt real. The story was competently told, but with so much scientific complexity, that at times I got lost in the details. I still kept listening, as I really wanted to know what would eventually happen, and the ending left me somewhat satisfied. Perhaps a hard core science fiction reader would have understood it all better.
Maybe it's just me, but I couldn't get through it. I'd never heard of this book before, but I've read and enjoyed a lot of classic sci-fi, so I bought it. I thought it was an average Star Trek episode painfully dragged out to 7 + mind-numbing hours. I finally quit after 4 1/2, so this book may have the greatest ending of all time, but I'll never know. As for the narrator, his voice alternates between a barely audible whisper and full-on yelling, so it's almost impossible to listen in the car.
I cannot agree at all with the other reviewers. "Solaris" may be considered to be a classic, but I don't think it should be described as science fiction, just because it was set on some other planet. For me, the theme was the difference between appearance and reality, and how the world is perceived by a disturbed mind. All along I expected an explanation to be forthcoming, like a mind-controlling alien influence, or something in the air, but it just fizzled out into nothing. It brought to mind the movie "Shutter Island".
However, the narration was the worst I have ever heard on an audio book. It turned a difficult-to-follow plot into an incomprehensible mish-mash. I couldn't understand anything the character Snout mumbled. The narrator swallowed many of his syllables, dropped his voice at inappropriate points, and was unable to articulate letters such as "R", almost as if he had a speech defect. Narrators should be aware that you don't lose the dramatic impact of a story if you e-nun-ciate clearly.
I have listened to books by Herburt, Hienlein and many others and one thing they all had in common they had a point. Whether it was just for the joy of writing or a political agenda or something else they had a point. My 3 year olds books are better then this. At least Lighting McQueen is a clear concept. A car that talks, that's cool.
Am I supposed to feel sorry for Kelvin that he has to deal with the things that haunt him. Granted this was written in another time and language so there might be something lost in translation. Real life is hard and has things that haunt us. Grow up and deal with it.
The character that dies before kelvin gets to the station was lucky, he got out of the book before I did.
Whats with the text book description of what sounds like a skin irritation.
This book might be a classic but it's not great and it's not even close to being in a class with the great Sci-Fi classics of all time.
This book is so bad that it makes me want to start writing. If this can get published my scribbles on napkins should be published. I have a great story about a boil that sings, I could get that published.
Awful, simply awful! The plot line was ponderous, some of the narrations void of any pretext that this isn’t how people, let alone scientists speak and the descriptions often times incomprehensible. Some of the dialog was far far from unbelievable, but I’m willing to concede that this may be the translation, but if not it was as if written by a 6th grade student for an English essay. I want to believe the Audible recommended it because it was some sort of new translation and the 50th anniversary and not because they believed it to be “one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it” I am very disappointed in Audible and will look at their recommendations with more of a jaded eye in the future. This is not a good book and certainly not a good audio book.