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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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Street Date:
12/19/2014
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781490653563
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Ian McEwan. (2014). Solar. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc.

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Ian McEwan. 2014. Solar. Recorded Books, Inc.

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Ian McEwan, Solar. Recorded Books, Inc, 2014.

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Ian McEwan. Solar. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc, 2014.

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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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      • content: Fans of Ian McEwan will not be surprised by this book, which features the author's trademark wit, plot twists, and quirky characters. The story of a has-been Nobel-prize-winning physicist who is dealing with climate change AND his failed marriage is full of subtle English humor, yet it reveals many truths about the human condition. However, narrator Roger Allam does a disservice to this book. While Allam's voice is agreeable, his plodding, soporific pace takes away from the novel. If one listens on a device that can be sped up, the reading is fine, but at normal speed it's just uninteresting. K.M. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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        February 1, 2010
        Booker Prize–winner McEwan (On Chesil Beach
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        v. Gore
        drags on across the Atlantic and Beard's fifth marriage dissolves in an adulterous haze, the waning laureate rides his reputation to a cushy position at a U.K. climate research center, where he is generally disdainful of his younger colleagues. Then, following an epiphany of sorts, Beard pins the accidental death of a rival scientist on his wife's lover and steals the other man's research. By 2009, Beard is in New Mexico, riding high on ill-gotten funding and patents and within sight of a curious redemption. Beard is a fascinatingly repulsive protagonist, but he can't sustain a novel broken up by fast-forwards (all of which require tedious backstories) and a stream of overwritten courtships. The scientific material is absorbing, but the interpersonal portions are much less so—troublesome, since McEwan seems to prefer the latter—making for an inconsistent novel that one finishes feeling unpleasantly glacial.

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        In the afterglow of winning a Nobel Prize, Michael Beard lives a dismal life marked by multiple marriages, figurehead positions, and his own gluttony. However, after his most recent wife leaves him, Beard attempts to start living life to the fullest. He stumbles into this new life with a great deal of fanfare and catastrophe: covering up murder, nearly losing his penis to frostbite, and devising a plan to harness the power of the sun to save the planet. Roger Allam's English accent and gravelly voice balances a range of characters and emotions, especially Beard's arrogance and self-righteousness. More importantly, Allam's straightforward delivery of Beard's zany adventures enhances the humorous quality of McEwan's text. A Doubleday hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 1).

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        Man Booker Prize winner McEwan's 11th novel follows On Chesil Beach (2007), also available from Recorded Books. One-time Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard--now middle-aged, overweight, an alcoholic, and a serial monogamist--is well past his glory days. When a renewable energy foundation sends him on a junket to the Arctic to document the effects of global warming, he sees his chance at redemption. British actor Roger Allam nicely presents McEwan's tale, whose writing is beautiful and precise but whose plot is encumbered by the details of Beard's self-absorbed, narcissistic life. Recommended only for inclusive collections, to satisfy demand for British fiction, and where McEwan does well. [Includes a bonus interview with the author; the Nan A. Talese: Doubleday hc was recommended for "fans of McEwan's other works," LJ 4/15/10.--Ed.]--Sandy Glover, Camas P.L., WA

        Copyright 2010 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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