I like science fiction usually and bought this since it was featured on Audible, but I just can't get through it. I stuck with it for four hours but I'm giving up, and what a relief.
I was fortunate enough to see the original Russian movie and now the newer version. I'm really surprised that more people haven't seen it.
I'm just trilled to hear the book's version, of course I love the interplay and the romantic interplay. I think it shows the complexity of human love and feelings whether its with a human or a pet, the unconditional giving part of love.
In this case, its also with a planet which on Earth we take it all for granted.
I do think and hope as we evolve so that our life span will be expanded. I guess we will learn that what goes around comes around. Unfortunately, it takes some time for that to happen.
This book was well written and easy to understand. As always I like audios that I can listen too over and over. Many lessons about are feelings can be learned from this audio.
Very good science fiction; excellent writing and narration; this book is definitely worth hearing. But, like many of the classics, some of the jargon should be updated for the 21st century (like what was recently done in Fuzzy Nation). Also, the theme is a little depressing, and unnecessarily so. Some chapters, while likely shocking in the 60's, now are not so much.
“Favorite authors- Nevada Barr, Craig Johnson, Louise Penny. Narrators, Marguerite Gavin, , George Guidall.”
Hard core Sci Fi readers.
The plot was hard to follow.
He didn't really detract.
Not for everyone even if it is "classic"
I saw there were a lot of rave reviews for this book. It seems to be from fans who were familiar with the movies and probably the author's other books (which would have given them more insights into this book upon re-reading). Having only read the book, I didn't find it engaging. I thought the dialogue was awkward at times. It could be that the intent didn't translate well from Polish to English or because it was written in 1961 and has become dated. As a story, I think the book is lacking. For example, the focus is around the main character Kelvin and the physical manifestation of his "guest" shortly after he arrives on the planet. The other two characters are also facing their own of past regrets and guilts. The book teases the readers with moments where the other two characters are struggling to contain their "guests," but it is never revealed who they are. This left an unsatisfactory feeling. It's as if the author spent all his energy creating the dead lover of Kelvin and trying to unveil the part he played in her death. And he couldn't think of anything else to create for the other two shipmates. The book also spent more time describing the science that emerged from studying Solaris (and all the scientific jargon that evolved) than in developing the characters.
The book is interesting from a philosophical perspective. Humanity is arrogant in thinking that it can study and understand an alien life when we don't even understand ourselves. Also it appears that the planet Solaris could be one giant life form. Humanity's attempt to make contact with it would be like an ant trying to make contact with an elephant.
"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.