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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: March 2010 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leo Africanus | 1/31/2014

    " Not one of McEwen's best by any stretch but some flourishes of dazzling and at times hilarious prose. Moral of the story: ALWAYS avail yourself of the opportunity to unburden your bladder before embarking on a polar trek. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene Smith | 1/21/2014

    " Fabulous book - hysterically funny in places. Buy it. You'll enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kito | 1/20/2014

    " great book. but how long does it take you to realise that this guy's a twat.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Echlin | 1/19/2014

    " The writing was excellent in that I actually felt like I was in the body of a 68 year old man, feeling his experiences. The question is, do you want to be in the body of a 68 year old man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rjwitton | 1/14/2014

    " Loved this book! I just can't understand all the negativity around it. It's not a fast read, but it is wonderfully written - so much detail and reality. And such a strong and important theme too, hopefully it will raise a few more questions about energy usage. Excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsty Elliott | 1/2/2014

    " loved this book! i love ian mcewan anyway but the picture he paints of his self-absorbed, greed driven protaganist is hilarious, reminded me quite a lot of ignatius j. reilly from a confederacy of dunces in that way. it also often made me hungry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 12/18/2013

    " I give this 3 stars because I apparently really enjoy reading about rich English people. But no more than that, because Michael Beard is a douchebag. 100% deserves all the bad that's coming to him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 12/11/2013

    " A self-obsessed, womanising, justice-perverting, Nobel-Prize-winning intellectual thief gets his just desserts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michella | 12/7/2013

    " I really enjoyed this one! It felt a little Ruth Rendell-ish in some parts, but I'm a Rendell fan - so that is NOT a complaint. The "science" in the book was understandable too....and now I may attempt to learn a bit about string theory (maybe). An enthusiastic thumbs up! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 9/22/2013

    " Yikes!!! What a misstep from a great author. First 1/3 was promising, and then down the abyss into misogyny and no point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 7/16/2013

    " similarities to the Innocent.. and bogged down a bit in places w/ physics talk.. but still a good read. Bit of a cliffhanger ending too which was nice that it didn't wrap up neat and tidy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 6/20/2013

    " A dark, satirical book about the greed and excess of the modern world, and their affects, illustrated through the most unlikable main character. Funny, sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 6/9/2013

    " It is tough to get engaged with a book that has such a despicable flat self-absorb slob that I emerged as a sweating Jabba the hut. The story does do a good job of intertwining several themes and the ironic and somewhat comic mode made it readable, but not a most read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Mcmurray | 4/10/2013

    " It was ok, but I was expecting to love Ian McEwan. I lost interest in the last quarter of the book, and don't miss any of the characters now that I'm done with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 4/5/2013

    " Much of this novel was fairly obvious (ie, the parallels McEwan attempts to draw between the main character and Western consumption, the ending, etc), but it was nevertheless an enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathie | 11/18/2012

    " read only if you want to know the inner thoughts of a selfish science nerd. I liked it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 7/22/2012

    " Not worth reading... Oblomov is similar but at least not as depressing "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy Lee | 9/6/2011

    " The cover stated,"Solar is a startling, witty, and stylish new work..." Whoever wrote that comment was talking about a different Solar than the book I read. "Boring story, sluggish writing, unlikeable characters" is my review. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Seanna | 8/3/2011

    " Beautiful prose, but Michael Beard was an exasperating protagonist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marieke | 6/17/2011

    " In the end, tiresome and unlikable. I had better hopes for this book but it was just too much old fat lecher. Sorry! I guess it's a parable for humanity but you won't like what you see. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 5/21/2011

    " I enjoyed Michael Beard. He just can't close down his options, and therefore fails to find redemption. Imperfect man; I had some sympathy. Struggling with the appendix- can anyone help? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anywavewilldo | 5/20/2011

    " a bit of a ripping yarn - very well written but hopefully not entirely predictive of humans craven nature
    very much liked the whole crisps thing... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 5/20/2011

    " Fun read, the ultimate protagonist who has it coming. Some good, albeit standard, plugs for energy conservation and climate change mitigation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/18/2011

    " I was disappointed in this book by Ian McEwan. The scientifc premise sounded very interesting and potentially informing and would made good reading, but the story droned on, and on, and on, about aspects of his body and life choices until I really didn't care anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 5/15/2011

    " I vow never to eat salt and vinegar crisps like Michael Beard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 5/14/2011

    " Fabulous book - hysterically funny in places. Buy it. You'll enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pritchardna | 5/13/2011

    " His best book to date, highly recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brigitte | 5/11/2011

    " What a crazy story. the main person is not very likable but that does not get in the way of telling a fine and at times totally hilarious story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 5/10/2011

    " As is typical with McEwan, he is a wordsmith. But also as is typical, he dawdles around for 200 pages before committing himself to a plot. The character is tragically static -- not something I like in a main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 5/8/2011

    " Good book, would actually give it 3.5 stars. Found myself cheering for Beard although he has very few redeeming qualities. "

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