I realize this is a 'special' book that is well thought of and has been made into multiple movies ... but I was really not impressed.
While some of the philosophical underpinnings of the book are thought provoking, the book itself is boring. There is very little action, or even character interaction. We don't 'see' much of anything going on. Instead we are inside the head of the central character as he reads scientific studies ... lots and lots of scientific studies written by people with long names who introduce long winded theories.
If you don't mind a book that is almost exclusively exposition, then maybe this book is for you.
If you had told me an author would be able to write about a truly alien intelligence, I'd have been skeptical. But Stanislaw Lem was able to capture the alien even better than Lovecraft. I was really impressed.
Lem also knows human thinking - he's able to capture how scientists would approach the alien intellect he created - and all the reasons it would have problems.
I have not heard other performances, but he does a good enough job that I will look at what else he's done.
There wasn't a particularly MOVING moment. I'd say the exposition that exists is unusually good.
Some of the early scifi authors are truly masters of the craft. Stanislaw Lem knew what he was doing.
Recently at a book store I picked up an (I can only assume) differently translated version of Solaris. The text was beyond dull. Perhaps built for a new American audience it contained only plot and none of the deviations into "Solaristics" the history and ideas of the planet Solaris. This bothered me, knowing how much I enjoyed the audiobook.
I will inevitably have to look into this, but for now know, this is the best version of Solaris that I've come across.
I really enjoyed the way Alessandro Juliani read the story. I loved him from Battlestar, and he didn't disappoint in his voice acting.
The story was great. The ending came up pretty quick and uneventful. While the destination was a little lack luster, the journey getting there was very entertaining.
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.
Love Sci Fi and non-fiction, but willing to try anything.
Yes. It's prose was artistic without being artsy. The premise was intriguing the right author could do a lot with it.
I wish he could have come up with a better ending. Nothing is resolved, not really. The people are damaged, ocean remains as it was. Not very satisfying.
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.