I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who I thought would be interested in the story.
Snout (sp?) He is one of the best borderline crazy characters ever.
I have not heard any of Alessandro Juliani's other performances, but I am familiar with him from the new Battlestar Galactica. If I were to compare those two things, I would say that while I liked Gaita a lot, this audio books allows Alessandro to show much more of his acting abilities. He breathes real emotional life into these characters and has an excellent feel for other things we do in speaking like saying "uh" or "mmm"-ing. (I hope that made sense)
This book is generally low key in presentation. It is up to the reader/listener to decide their reaction. I have read it several times in the older translation and now this one. I don't want to give any spoilers, so I will just say that it always makes me wonder what I would do in the same situation. Would I be as dramatically affected as the characters and what is the real reason for what is happening, if we could even understand the reason.
I am not a language scholar, so I can't speak about the accuracy of this translation. However, just reading it, it is much more pleasurable and feels more real. The story flows better and you get a better sense of how the characters feel and what is actually happening.That's just about the story. Alessandro's performance is icing on the cake and adds another layer to its depth. Listen to it.
Excellent classic sci-fi and it is difficult to tell it was translated from Polish -- it sounds like it was originally written in English (with the exception of some Polish sounding names). I would certainly recommend this book to anyone into sci-fi.
I've seen both the Russian and the Clooney movies for Solaris and neither quite jelled for me. This book is SO much better. A must read for any sci-fi lover. Alessandro Juliani does an amazing job as the Narrator and I hope to hear more from him.
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.