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Santana de Parnaiba, Brazil | Member Since 2013

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  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani

    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"
    "Men's inability to deal with the unknown."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Solaris to be better than the print version?

    I have never read Solaris before but was aware of the criticism over the previous translated versions. My only experience with it were the two movies from 1972 and Clooney's 2002. This last one I strongly advise to skip or you are in danger of forsaken the story definitively.
    This new translation is excellent and, as in most cases, goes a lot deeper than 1972's picture.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Solaris is a wonderfully rich story of man's inability to deal with the unknown, both from outside and inside himself. From the unsuccessful attempts to communicate with the living ocean to the disastrous relationships developed with its creations, you are immerse on a elaborated plot that leads to an unsuspected conclusion.

    What about Alessandro Juliani’s performance did you like?

    Alessandro's performance is consistent and ads a lot of depth to the telling. He conducts you gracefully trough the book and make it almost impossible to stop listening.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    Ryan says: "Still a classic of visionary science fiction"
    "Arthur Clarke at his best."

    Most people know him only for the movie adaptation of his work in 2001: A Space Odissey, but Mr. Clarke's work is much richer and those who have the privileged to know his work better realize how talented and creative his writing is. Childhood's End may be one of his best works (many says it is his best) showing how incapable of reasoning the human race can be, even when faced by it own destruction. It is difficult to write more without spoilers so, read it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Mandatory reading!"

    If you came this far, found the book and are reading the reviews, you probably already know Tina Fey and appreciate her success on SNL and 30 Rock. This book tells her trajectory from high school to unfulfilling jobs to comedy, but there is a lot more inside. If you have even a little interest on the inner workings of the show business machine you will find a very rich material and a very true picture of how things really work on television, behind the cameras. Liz Lemon worked very hard to be where she is today!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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