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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,827 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky Narrator: Robert Forster Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a “full empty,” something goes wrong. And the news he gets from his girlfriend upon his return makes it inevitable that he’ll keep going back to the Zone, again and again, until he finds the answer to all his problems.

First published in 1972, Roadside Picnic is still widely regarded as one of the greatest science fiction novels, despite the fact that it has been out of print in the United States for almost thirty years.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lively, racy, and likable…Complex in event, imaginative in detail, ethically and intellectually sophisticated.”

    Ursula K. Le Guin

  • “A vivid new translation…It has survived triumphantly as a classic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The story is carried out with a controlled fierceness that doesn’t waver for a minute.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Finalist for the John W. Campbell Award in 1978

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paul | 2/11/2014

    " Loved it. Although it's set in Canada it still has a Russian 'feel' (obtuse bureaucracy, the language, and, of course, the names of some of the characters and businesses). Now I want to see Tarkovsky's film (Stalker). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jason Copeland | 2/6/2014

    " Some great moments and themes, but the pacing of the book is very inconsistent. I really had wanted to like it, but came away pretty disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tzeck | 2/1/2014

    " The only book I've read on the monitor entirely and even though it was not exactly pleasant expirience (the long sitting on the chair starring at the monitor), it was totally worth it. Great book with some great things for us to think about. My first Strugatsky read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Squire | 1/23/2014

    " A reread for me, my favorite SF novel. Basis for the movie "Stalker." Alien artefacts have been left behind after a visitation to six areas of the Earth. These areas are now controlled by various governments that discourage people from entering the Six Zones. Redrick Schuhart is an experienced stalker, one who illegally enters these Zones in search of swag for profit. Even though he's trying to go clean, the Zone keeps calling him. He enters it several times, ultimately searching for the Golden Sphere, an artefact that will grant any wish. The best science fiction is still good fiction, and this is as good as it gets. Highest recommendation. "

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