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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: October 2012 ISBN: 9780385367110
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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.
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Arthur | 1/19/2014

    " Cold, hard, characterful, and very Russian scifi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travisimo Baldwin | 1/18/2014

    " good book.. who doesn't like mysterious futuristic objects that do fantastical things "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/28/2013

    " Tarkovski based Stalker on it: alien 'visitation' has left zones on earth that are unpopulated but strewn with detritus with unknown and sometimes malignant properties. These are looted by stalkers for income or their own deepest desires. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 12/28/2013

    " Pleasantly surprised by this bargain book I purchased through the kindle store. I expected something cheesy, and instead found quality sci-fi, philosophical discussion, and a healthy dose of sarcastic humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pichicarro | 12/14/2013

    " Un libro muy sobrevalorado, aunque se lee a gusto. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Young | 12/1/2013

    " So far this is pretty brilliant - takes the ordinary off into a new and dangerous direction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brs36 | 11/17/2013

    " Science fiction for the brain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trinity | 10/19/2013

    " Really interesting sci-fi. My first introduction to the Strugatsky brothers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yasha Jannoo | 10/14/2013

    " Grim and bleak. I read a bad translation and it got boring halfway but here is a note saying that I must read more Russian Sci-fi (that's a thing, isn't it?) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chase | 8/1/2013

    " So far this has to be the best science fiction book I've read in a while, with a open mindedness about humanity and reality and the expansion of one's mind. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 12/15/2012

    " The story surrounding the writing and publishing of this novel is nearly as interesting as the novel itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jewsuf | 12/5/2012

    " Amazing book. The only problem it had was the ending was a bit anti-climatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 11/22/2012

    " This was quite good. Understated, smart sci-fi. Still one of the rare cases where a good book is made into an even better movie (Tarkovsky's "Stalker"). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 11/9/2012

    " Brilliant book. It was not that philosophical at all, as I heard, and expected. However, it's a really interesting read. At the end the story makes an interesting turn, which can totally change, or leave unchanged one's perception of the main hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gsmattingly | 10/25/2012

    " I finished reading "Roadside Picnic" by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky last night. I enjoyed it. It was interesting. "Stalker" by Tarkovsky was based on the book. The film contains elements of the book but doesn't really follow the book that closely. Still I enjoyed both the book and the movie. "

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About the Author

Arkady and Boris Strugatsky were famous and popular Russian writers of science fiction, authors of more twenty-five novels and novellas, including Roadside Picnic, Hard to Be a God, The Doomed City, The Inhabited Island, The Snail on the Slope, The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn, and Definitely Maybe. Their books have been widely translated and made into a number of films.

About the Narrator

Robert Forster is an award-winning film and television actor best known for his Oscar-nominated supporting role as Max Cherry in Jackie Brown.