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.
The person who read this book was so boring I couldn't get into it. It was very slow and jumped around a little bit. Maybe if it was read by someone else I could have gotten into it more. I didn't even make it halfway before I stopped trying.
Very boring and all the characters sounded the same. It was hard to tell when he was talk for which character.
Um, George Clooney plays in the movie?
Don't waste your time. Its probably the only book Ive ever said this about, but...... Skip the book and watch the movie!!!
Narration was great. Story was not for me.
I committed an hour and 45 minutes to this boring book, and I can't name one character.
Maybe it gets better if you hear the whole book. I gave it almost two hours. But I'm done wasting my time. This book is not for me.
I could only stand it for 7 hours and gave up and still did not care about anything that happened.
A book that mixes that agony of reliving our deepest fears and regrets with the awe inspiring adventure of the universe's great unknowns. I was hooked immediately with great narration and thought provoking premise of a planet that is a living being. It is not just a re-imagined "alien" story, it is a reworking of the entire idea of making contact. To think that there are things out there so far past our understanding that the best way to comprehend is to realize you can't. I gave it 3 stars because there in incredibly boring run ons of history and technical jargon that slowed things down.
Overall I found that the book went through spans as long as an hour sometimes when keeping your concentration on the ramblings of scientific theories was nearly impossible. This happens twice in the book, keep in mind it's only an 8 hour book.
Also, they use some weird synthetic voice for the entire book which I found unnecessary and annoying after awhile.
This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
I tried to listen to the book, but there is almost nothing that happens and it becomes torture to try to stay interested. Someone arrives in a space station where he finds a crew that is either half-mad or missing; I get it, he is half-mad but the book spends a lot of time illustrating that fact. Then, strange inexplicable things begin to happen although it becomes soon clear there is a presence in the station. The story continues trying to explain the interactions with that presence but there is very little except bland mysticism in this exercise.
I am sure that some 50 years ago this was considered to be good, but, really this was / is one of the worst novels I have every listened to. I was at least hoping for a story that had some allegorical relationship to 'current events' of the 1960 - I was wrong.
Not even good foundation to begin the story line. It is just bad. Attempt to confuse reader with such huge and complex thoughts that it just gets to the point where you want to shut off and sleep.
No, just from this Author or the age of the story willl be reviewed before ever ordering.
Performance was good - the material was off . . .
diappointment - i think - not sure as I was so confused and was really loooking for a larger word and much more complex way of saying disappointed - but I had to use a simple word as it was only way to be clear about how I felt.
"Solaris" is, without a doubt, old-school science-fiction. I did not know that its original publication date was in 1961, though I suspected it was somewhere near the late 1950s after starting to listen to it. This is because it is heavy on exposition and light on characterization and action. But, even when compared to the early novels of Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, etc., Solaris is incredibly dry. I am writing this before finishing the entire book. I plan on continuing to listen simply because I want to see how it is resolved. The performance by Alessandro Jiuliani is fine, particularly his characterizations of the different voices. He is one of the few male readers who does a good job portraying a feminine voice. This is not a beach-material novel, it is one you listen to while driving or on a train; sessions of 30 minutes or less are tolerable but not much more than that. If you want action, Solaris is not for you.