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.
I love any great story, but listen to a lot of scifi, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and young adult fiction. Listener for 2 decades.
This is the first time I have really really disagreed with something that Audible has recommended. I can't tell you the number of times I have put this book away because the lengthy descriptions in the narrative just put me to sleep. It's not the reader's fault, the story just isn't all that great and I don't care about any of the characters. I'm 15 minutes from the end (god knows why I keep listening) and I'm just quitting here.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
i thought it would be something amazing about discovering a planet and challenges... but non of that. ..... they talked a lot about stupid things the whole time....
its just awful.... i hated it.... and thats few hours of my life i'm never getting back....
i don't understand why a lot of people made a big buzz about it....
i didn't like it.
save yourselves, and go and buy another book.