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  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2226)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1826)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "More of a fictitious research summary than a story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I believe that those with a deep interest and knowledge of science, particularly biology and astronomy, may enjoy the fictitious exploration of the planet.


    What was most disappointing about Stanislaw Lem and Bill Johnston (translator) ’s story?

    This book has a very loose plot; the central point of the book was in trying to understand, scientifically, a very unusual planet and its side-effects. There is just as much written about the history and controversy, in textbook format, as there is any progression of time within the novel. This may be interesting to some, but did not fare well for the storyline, in my opinion.


    Which character – as performed by Alessandro Juliani – was your favorite?

    All characters performed by Alessandro Juliani were great. His distinct voices and expression fit the characters almost perfectly. I would consider the discovery of this talented narrator as the highlight of this audiobook.


    What character would you cut from Solaris?

    I would say that they all serve a purpose, though only the main character has enough depth and development over the course of the novel.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is full of imagination, however it does not use the imagined world for a very interesting plot or storyline. I felt more like the book was about history and research than it was about progression of characters and of containing any message.

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