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Solaris
Narrated by: Ron Cook, Joanne Froggatt
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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Protagonist Kris Kelvin arrives at a scientific research station hovering above the surface of Solaris, where research has been ongoing for years on the strange ocean life form. When Kris and his colleagues become more aggressive in trying to force contact with Solaris, the ocean's response is to experiment with the researchers' minds by confronting them with their most painful and repressed thoughts and memories through the materialization of complex human constructs. Kris is confronted with the manifestation of his deceased wife and his guilt over her suicide, but whatever seems to be tormenting the other researchers appears to be much worse.
©2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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Stanislaw Lem

Solaris master peace . nice book very good performance , nicely done. highly recommended for everyone

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  • Thomas
  • 25-12-09

Classy, intelligent sci-fi

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.

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  • Asenath Waite
  • 09-12-12

Hauntingly beautiful

Would you listen to Classic Radio Sci-Fi again? Why?

Yes, this was very well done. Every time i listen i get something else out of it.

What other book might you compare Classic Radio Sci-Fi to and why?

Not sure about other book but this is even better than the 2002 film and i didnt think it possible.

What does Ron Cook and Joanne Froggatt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nice job, characters felt so real... I could feel Kris's pain, his longing to be with his wife again.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Can miracles be cruel?

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Please make more of these adaptations, like other stanislaw lem books. Really fabulous job with this. I can listen to it over and over and over.

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  • peter
  • 17-11-18

Well Done

Solaris is a creepy story that can be approached from different directions. Read it as a straight sci-fi story and it works--- if you can handle some ambiguity. It's also a philosophical examination of... well, whatever you like. You can read into it as much as you like. Or not. This dramatization beautifully captures the mood of the novel. Open to interpretation. Recommended.