Solaris

  • by Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
  • Narrated by Alessandro Juliani
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, unabridged for the first time, and the first ever direct translation from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.
In Solaris, Kris Kelvin arrives on an orbiting research station to study the remarkable ocean that covers the planet’s surface. But his fellow scientists appear to be losing their grip on reality, plagued by physical manifestations of their repressed memories. When Kelvin’s long-dead wife suddenly reappears, he is forced to confront the pain of his past - while living a future that never was. Can Kelvin unlock the mystery of Solaris? Does he even want to?

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What the Critics Say

"A fantastic book." (Steven Soderbergh)
"[Lem] is one of the most intelligent, erudite, and comic writers working today." (Anthony Burgess)
"Few are [Lem's] peers in poetic expression, in word play, and in imaginative and sophisticated sympathy." (Kurt Vonnegut)
"Juliani transmits Kelvin’s awe at Solaris’s red and blue dawns and makes his confusion palpable when he awakens one morning to find his long-dead wife seated across the room. Juliani’s performance is top-notch." (AudioFile)

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Blown away!

Sorry folks. I must be going through a 'purple patch' in terms of my fortunate choice of audio novels. I've not seen the films but no need because this novel paints a vivid and vast techo(colour) canvas. Where have I been all these years not knowing this exceptional writer? Had to listen to some excerpts 4 or more times to get the full meaning, but so much the better (value)! If there is just 1 sci-fi book - GET THIS!!!
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- Peter

Superb, thought provoking

I have often wondered at science fiction worlds in which all the alien species have differences but manage to easily communicate and find meaningful common ground and language.
This is one of those truly great science fiction novels who's purpose is to ask real, interesting questions about alien life. From the first step of determining if the alien is living, through to determining it's sentience to attempting contact, the book poses thought provoking questions while simultaneously maintaining a quite gripping plot.
The narration is perfectly suited to the tale and drives the story forward with excellent characterisation.
A sci - fi classic.
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- Ant

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-06-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios