If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
Solaris is hauntingly beautiful with enough action to still fall under traditional Sci-Fi territory. The narration is nothing to write home about, but it doesn't detract from the story. Listen to Solaris if you're a fan of old-school Sci Fi (2001, Foundation, etc.) and you'll love it.
Excellent story - Johnston has done a remarkable job in translating this sci-fi and philosophical masterpiece. The performance is top notch as well, making this easily one of the best and most enjoyable books I've purchased from Audible.
Yes. Good old fashion Sci Fi that makes you think.
Alessandro was simply great.
I liked the premise of this book - an alien life form that clones a person from your memory. The thing that dragged me down was the endless narration of scientific technical journals. I have to marvel at the mind of Stanislaw Lem to create such a theory.
The narrator really saved this book for me. He created such individual accents for the various characters. My favorite voice was that of Snow.
The performance - it's more than just a narration - is exceptional. There's a review up the top of the page on Audible that makes a note of the narration's similarity to a 'pre-parody Shatner', and there's some truth in that; at least, I'm glad I'm not the only one who heard a similarity. Juliani does a remarkable job in shifting from character to character, even though there are only five characters with speaking roles: they're all distinct, nobody is a parody or stereotype. Diction is clear and precise.
No. It's not that kind of book, to me. I find it one of ideas best digested slowly; if I could get this version in print, I'd be reading it slowly as well, not gulping it down.
This is t h e best audiobook I've listened to. It is the total of all things that come into play when you produce an audibook that makes this a ecxellent piece of performance. The end result convinces me to my heart.The story is a heartening story of sorrow and beauty at the same time. It challenges and tickles perception, values and ethics as the events and circumstances in the story put them to test since what we are presented with is something rather different than anything we experience(d) on earth.
Most rewarding in the story is the sincere and profound love the main character holds for his late wife. And the torments he goes through as a rational being, trying to grasp and understand what he encounters at Solaris. What this means for him personally, and for man in a grander perspective.It is very rewarding to read a book that in an intricate way challenges the reader to concider value, love and achivement. At the same time it is one of those sci-fi stories that uses the settings to explore new topics, and where the sci is not just an end in it self. The story is just as fascinating even if one doesn't ponder all the new questions that it raises.
Alessandro performs something close to a radio broadcast. He really brings the characters to life. He draws upon an apparent talent to portray many different personalities. The only other way really to experience something similar is to view the movie(s). Even though one of the treats of reading a book, is that it lets one self build up a convincing portray of a character - sometimes the imagination of an actor or a narrator does a better job than one self and is more rewarding than just reading the book.
Personally, I with this book enjoyed the way I listen to audio books. In small portions on my way to and from work. Because the scope merits from being digested.
There is an odd blend of two types of narration. That of what is directly experienced by the characters, and that of an almost dry historical documentary of Solaris as a phenomenon. I think I have an idea of what the author wanted to achive with this. But I think that this might put off some readers that might feel as if the story telling is put on hold.
I thought I would take the leap and choose a book by an author unknown to me. Though I love the genre, I listened to the sample, and decided on impulse to download it.
I was totally surprised - the narrator had a verbal "personality", and there WAS a storyline. If you enjoy sci-fi, please buy this and be surprised.
Reviewed by Diane - Andrew's wife!
This book didn't live up to it's hype. The first few hours were promising. But then the story line was truncated by long, boring technical descriptions that added nothing to the book and seriously rained on the plot parade. By the time a few of the threads were picked up again, I'd lost interest.
The ending was unsatisfactory too. It didn't resolve anything, and much of what could and should have been wrapped up was left hanging.
The narration was excellent, but couldn't save the book.
Overall, very disappointing.
This is a book of elegant ideas and haunting backgrounds. Solaris puts the science back into science fiction for sure. I've been striking out with many other sci-fy titles, and this one restored my interest! The author manages to use scientific words and somehow turn them into stunning intellectual calligraphy. The language drives this book...the sheer organicness of the planet, the ethereal stream of scientific thought, the poetic loneliness of distant space, the wonder of an unsolvable mystery......it's really all here. I didn't give it 5 stars only because the story runs with an odd plot, HOWEVER, it was so artfully done. I was truly entranced. It should really be 4 1/2 stars. And the narrator, Alessandro, did a phenomental job.... probably one of audible's best performances.
An avid reader who once abhorred the concept of listening to books, I now enjoy audiobooks as an alternative to the radio while commuting.
After having seen the film, "Solaris," from Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky several times, I had been looking for the novel upon which it was based. Instead I listened to the Audible version -- only my second audiobook experience. I see now why Lem decried the film (and the subsequent American remake). The story as written is not "love in outer space" (Lem's phrase), as the films (particularly the American version) would have one believe. Instead it is a meditation on how humans try to understand, scientifically, that which cannot be understood.
Not being a big fan of science fiction, I was hesitant to give this title a go. I'm glad I did. Lem has written one of the most intelligent novels in any genre. The narration by Juliani was superb. Even the voice he gives Hari -- the lone female in the story -- is believable and heartfelt.
Overall, "Solaris" is a highly recommended choice for a thought-provoking novel which, despite its setting in deep space, is not your standard science fiction tale.