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Publisher's Summary

A brilliantly crafted collection of stories from celebrated science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem.

Trurl and Klaupacius are constructor robots who try to out-invent each other. Over the course of their adventures in The Cyberiad, they travel to the far corners of the cosmos to take on freelance problem-solving jobs, with dire consequences for their unsuspecting employers.

Playfully written, and ranging from the prophetic to the surreal, these stories demonstrate Stanislaw Lem's vast talent and remarkable ability to blend meaning and magic into a wholly entertaining and captivating work.

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Robotic Fun

Stanislaw Lem wrote many serious novels and essays, with deep literary impact about communication, aliens and idealized societies.

The Cyberiad isn't one of those.

A collection of mostly humorous (if more than slightly geeky) tales about the famous "constructors" Trurl and Klapaucius living in a robotic/cybernetic world. Despite the technological society, the setting is somewhat Medieval...kings, knights, pirates, the occasional dragon, even a few (robotic) princesses. In this context, Trurl and Klapaucius are knights-errant, using their skills to solve problems, meet challenges and occasionally mess things up royally.

It's a fun set of stories, keying on the friendship-cum-rivalry of the two constructors.

Scott Aiello's narration was very good.

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If Dr. Suess Wrote Science Fiction...

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This is the first book I have read by Stanislaw Lem, so I'm not sure he always writes in this style, but there was something about this book that strongly reminded me of the style of Dr. Suess. Lem often refers to objects in the future by names in which sound nothing like modern day items. The result is a world full of Zitts, Zotts, Orplaws & Rooses (often with no explanation to what a "Zott" might be).

The book itself was a collection of highly entertaining futuristic fables that follow around two inventors of robots/machines as they do everything they can to one-up the other. Each story is different from the last and seems to be JUST the right length for what it is.

I really look forward to my next Stanislaw Lem book to see if it stacks up to this one. If it does, he may soon become one of my favorite sci-fi authors.

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Baroque science-fantasy comedy

If you could sum up The Cyberiad in three words, what would they be?

Picaresque baroque comedy

What other book might you compare The Cyberiad to and why?

The style is similar to Jack Vance's "Dying Earth" series in its tongue-in-cheek picaresque mix of satire and adventure.

What does Scott Aiello bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The voice of Klepaucius is hilarious.

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Top notch translation and narration

I'm a big fan of Staslaw Lem and have read The Cyberiad in two translations other than English. I first thought that listening to it in a language far from the original Polish will be a downhill experience as Lem's writing style often ties together linguistics and context [see the example below]. Boy, was I wrong! Once again I was captivated by this book as this translation feels as Lem as the other two and the narration style of Scott Aiello is just superb! Thank you for making this available.

[example]: In the first fable the machine that makes anything starting with "n" is asked to make, among other things, "nature". However, in the original it is asked to make "nauka" which translates from Polish as "science".

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not just for children!

such a great set of stories, and a nice translation. although the Polish version is longer. they’re full of humor and not just for children, definitely revealing of human nature itself. i loved it. and the narrator is excellent!

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fantastic short story SF

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This is one that i keep in my library to re-read.

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This collection of stories of the adventures of these god-ish constructors is a delight. Easily available to any audience, but each tale deeper than face value. Lem is brilliant and made me laugh out loud on a few occasions. The stories are simple but available to wonderful analysis and philosophical pondering. Perfect for fans of the Hitchhikers Guide series who like witty SF with fantastically developed characters and incredible situations. Easily the best thing I have found since the HHTTG BBC series.

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Narration nonpareil

Never has a narrator so nimbly nudged such nonsensical natterings into nicely notable, nay, noble nuance. Neglecting this nugget of narrative necromancy would be naive.

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It's Aesop's Fables for Robots

This is one sci-fi book I never, ever tire of reading and re-reading (or listening to in this case). Short stories, read and "acted" by the narrator with personality and verve, each with a hidden (or not so hidden) moral, word pun, math puzzle, or general exposé on the vagaries of human (and robot) folly.

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A fantastic introduction to Stanislaw Lem

The Cybriad was my first introduction to Lem and also the first audiobook to really make me appreciate audiobooks. The Cyberiad's whimsical yet mind-twisting tales of sci-fi fairy tales and fables are wonderful to read as prose but its clever colorful wordplay comes to life when read aloud. Listening to Cyberiad is a whole new experience, especially with the excellent pacing and tone of Scott Aiello

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Worth reading for one chapter, rest not so much

I knew going in that people said this was similar in some ways to Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide", but I guess I still expected a bit more gravitas to the stories here. This is more like a set of Looney Tunes bits, but less funny.

The narration was terrible. A better narrator might have saved this book, for me.

The one very bright spot in this book is a sequence in which an AI computer invented by one of the characters must write some poetry. The poetry written by the AI (but really by Stanislaw Lem, of course) is so great that it's worth reading the book, just to read this poetry in context.

There are a few other good bits, but for the most part, I cannot say I really liked this book.

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