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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,931 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian McEwan Narrator: Roger Allam, Ian McEwan Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Universally acclaimed as one of the world's greatest novelists, Ian McEwan is a Booker Prize-winning, best-selling literary master. He displays a fresh facet of his considerable talent in Solar, a satirical novel rife with blistering humor.

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard is fast approaching 60, a mere shell of the academic titan he once was. While his fifth marriage falls apart, Michael suddenly finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to reinvigorate his career and possibly save humankind from the growing threat of global warming.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marie Bouteille | 2/17/2014

    " I was a little disappointed. I felt I was reading bits and pieces from his other books with sexuality and ageing issues, what is reality and what is fiction, the relationships between children and their parents... Everything is mixed up in this one book which tends to be lengthy. The main character is not very consistent. When I got to the 2005 part for instance, I couldn't picture Beard in 05 having staged Aldous' murder in 2000. The sense of humour is alright. I liked the part in the Arctic and the incident with the bag of crisps. But the irony and jokes about scholars reminded me too much of David Lodge. It's a good book though about what is politically correct or how on certain issues there is a kind of craze and no one is allowed to disagree. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thordis Thorsteinsdottir | 2/14/2014

    " The main character is just unforgettable... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe Fowler | 2/12/2014

    " A fascinating story of a sociopathically self-important theoretical physicist. The protagonist is fortunately not like any physicist I have ever known, but somehow an amusing and horrible exaggeration of some real and common traits. McEwan tells great stories with three- (or four-?) dimensional characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mandy | 2/4/2014

    " That was quick. I almost gave up when I had to haul out my dictionary three times on the first page but when I found myself Googling a simple guide to the laws of thermodynamics, I gave up. There is a reason I failed and had to give up physics at age 13 and it wasn't only to do with laziness. "

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