It took me a couple of reads to get into this story when I first read it. Lem is not your average sci-fi hack. Even the movie with George Clooney was difficult to watch (mainly because it, like the written story, breaks many sci-fi rules). This audio play may be the best way to experience Solaris, and to understand what is going on. It is elegantly directed and performed. It's not for whizz-bang sci-fi fans. This isn't Asimov. But if you're ready for something different, this may surprise you. If you already know Lem, it will please you.
Can there be a more respected, versatile, talented English actor than Richard Briers? For him to shine above this excellent cast shows how truly singular he is. There's not a weak moment in this entire performance. It is clear that all of the actors involved know exactly how to coax every nuance out of their characters, and the result is a thoroughly enjoyable radio play that amazes and amuses me each time I listen...which is quite often. No one does this sort of comedy like the Brits. If you are, like me, an Anglophile, of if you simply want to experience something delightful, this is for you.
I loved this book when I first read it long ago. This dramatization captures the story in great detail. The acting is so professional it seems effortless. And the gradual ramping up of tension is done very well. I recommend this.
Very well done. Bill Nighy is his usual delightful self, and Clive Merrison also contributes a solid performance. This is, in many ways, one of Wyndham's more horrifying stories. As a longtime fan of Wyndham's work, I'm happy to say that the spirit of his novel comes through loud and clear. If you appreciate good, intelligent radio drama, this is for you.
This is a wonderful rendering of Douglas Adams' novel. I'm listening to it in Enhanced Format, so the sound quality is quite good. The acting is first rate, as I've come to expect from BBC productions. I'm the proud owner of many Douglas Adams audio plays, including all the Hitchhiker's Guide radio plays, including Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential. I never get tired of them, thanks to the quality of the productions (and Douglas Adams' great work). This was evidently done with loving care, directed by the talented Dirk Maggs, the same guy who did the most recent incarnations of Hitchhiker. The comedic timing, the music, the voice characterizations are all spot on. Billy Boyd (Pippin from Lord of the Rings) and Andrew Sachs (Manuel from Fawlty Towers) are perfect. Olivia Coleman as Janice Pearce is brilliant. And Harry Enfield in the title role really nails it. If you're a Douglas Adams fan, you will love this. I also purchased the other Dirk Gently audio play, The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. Another must-have. Thanks, Audible, for the Enhanced Format, by the way. I've re-downloaded many purchases I've made over the years in this format, free of charge. For the sake of balance, I wish I could come up with one negative comment to make. I just can't think of one. Bravo.
This Who is a whole lot of fun. Excellent production values, direction, acting and writing. I like radio dramas that are made for the radio. I don't like tons and tons of narration. If you have to narrate, you're not doing it right. In fact, zero narration is best for me. That's one reason I heartily recommend this program. It's clever and funny stuff that is done with utter seriousness (the best way to do comedy). I can honestly say that Paradise of Death is my favorite Dr. Who experience. It's a permanent part of my iPod.
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