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This collection of short stories centers around one character, space traveller Ijon Tichy. In these stories, Stanislaw Lem's "Candide of the Cosmos" encounters bizarre civilizations and creatures in space that serve to satirize science, the rational mind, theology, and other icons of human pride.

©1976 The Seabury Press, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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No 24th voyage.

There is no 24th voyage, which IMHO, is the best and the most intimidating of them.

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Story of a space-traveling Candide

One of the most entertaining and insightful satires written in any genre. I've read only maybe half a dozen books that made me LOL and this one is one of them. I read it some thirty years ago and much of the satire was lost on me but know in my late fifties I can appreciate every reference. Very good translation which is a feat in case of Lem's satirical writing because it relies heavily on made up names and words. The subject matter, the human condition, is universal. I love how he ignores the details that so many writers are overthinking and give their books pedantic and overworked quality. If there was ever a movie made I would see it done in a steampunk fashion. I recommend this book to older readers who enjoy deadpan humor delivery and lived long enough to need a less than serious approach to our human foibles.

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Amazing book

I would recommend this to anyone that loves science. Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy is the best comparison. However, Lem wrote this before Adams wrote his book. The book is funny, clever and takes little bit of scientific understanding to appreciate. I would recommend this to adults not kids because kids probably won't find it as funny. Overall, this is a great book it's very silly and clever.

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Great book and an excellent audiobook!

I have been a huge fan of Stanislaw Lem for most of my adult life and only wish I had been introduced to his body of work at a younger age. That being said I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and had no problem listening to it all the way through, enthralled by his mastery of the genre of science fiction. The performance was flawless and I highly recommend this to anyone young or old. Even those who have no love for science fiction may find themselves drawn into these richly humorous adventures of a hapless human wandering the cosmos armed only with his quick wit and a pen knife. I only hope this helps others to find the works of the author who wrote many other excellent books such as the Cyberiad which is another favorite of mine. If you're on the fence just pull the trigger, you won't regret it.

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Quirky sci-fi Goodness!

Think Douglass Adams meets Frank Herbert! Fun sci-fi with a classic flavor mixed with more modern scientific notes... A wild ride in a Hitchhiker's Guide kind of universe, with very deep and thoughtful bits thrown in, all served in easy little short stories! An enjoyable time through and through..

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A true masterpiece

This book is a true masterpiece. Lem was, beyond any doubt, the best sci-fi writer of all time

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Eh... It lost me

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Started good. Kinda Douglas Adams-esque scifi parody, but got pretty repetitive.
And it is full of pseudo-scientific jargon that is at first amusing (again, a la Adams) but at a certain point just makes it really hard to follow.

What about David Marantz’s performance did you like?

Great performance, just not a great book.

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Makes one think, laugh, and imagine...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It was an unexpected book, but maybe this was so because I am not as yet very familiar with Lem's works, just his popularity. It made me think of Gulliver and his travels, who by a series of encounters recalibrates his thoughs on human nature, leading him to despondency and alienation. Tichy is different in that he is terribly good-natured and not easily perturbed by what he discovers in space, time and the character of himself or other species, perhaps leaving the audience to carry the thought further. Richly imaginative, and highly recommended.

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