Hard to immerse into story. Technology outdated (of course written 1961) human condition/awareness story line syrupy and long in tooth. Good narration only reason I stuck with it.
What if we meet another intelligence and it is uncomprehensible, different in every way. What if love is impossible?
I am an avid lover of books and stories. Audible has provided a great outlet for me to read when otherwise I couldn't. I love dogs.
No, it just seemed off from the beginning.
No, i was expecting a classic and it wasnt'
he is a very good voice actor.
what do you get with an alien which the author defines as beyond human comprehension? A drawn out rambling of a story without any conclusions or even concrete hypothesis.
Nothing but positive thoughts on Lem's work. However, Juliani's performance goes a bit too far, for my taste. Character-voices are not just distinct, they're comical. The dry scientific tone of the narration (which I find suitable) gets traded for hysterical, breathy lady-imitations and a tittering British accent which are really just distracting.
The performance was amazing despite a few changes in the audio that made it seem like the narrator had changed.
the philosophical musings
2001: A Space Odyssey
The final reflections of the main character
Can't believe it was published in 1961!
Be warned, this is not an action movie
I'm no expert on life in the universe, but Lem's depiction of extraterrestrial life sounded plausible. So, if a friend were interested in this subject, I'd recommend the book. If he or she wanted an entertaining read, I wouldn't.
I wish the depiction of Solaris was suggested rather than painstakingly detailed. It was hard to follow all the scientific discourses. It felt like these meandering, jargon-filled passages comprised at least half the book.
He was by far the best thing about this. Were it not for his performance, I wouldn't have finished the book.
I'm not sure if inspired is the right word, but it did prompt me to do some internet research so I could fully understand what Lem was trying to say here.
I honestly wanted to like this book. I'm a huge PKD fan. Lem, I believe, said PKD is the best American novelist. So I'm automatically inclined to like Lem's work. PKD may not have the science correct, but he knows how to tell a story. His stories sail along, never finding any doldrums. This wasn't the case for me with Solaris.
This story has all of the necessary pieces to become an excellent listen: great, and original storyline, a hand full of solid characters with a good protagonist, but the execution and delivery of it all never truly adds up to anything special.
The author goes into incredible detail about particular topics that have very little to do with the outcome or the progression of the story. It's all a tremendous waste of words for such a short story to begin with.
I kept "hanging in there" to see if this formula would develop into something worth listening to, but it never happened. Even in the last hour when I truly was just hanging on by a thread of hope for the story to turn into something, the author truly disappoints the listener by leaving the story open ended.
The narrator did all that he could with this one, and I truly can't blame him for anything other than giving it his best.
Please, save your credit and listen to something more fulfilling, anything other than this.
I personally enjoyed the action parts of story.
However a large chunk of this book is a very detailed and a very long explination of the alien being. It's extremely thorough and well written and board me to sleep two minutes in. But that is my own taste and not a fault of the book.
In this audio book the voice actor did a terrific job, especially in playing the part of Snout.