Excellent Book! For fans of the movie, the book follows it exactly (until end).. but seems to move quicker and with more excitement. You won't be wondering what the hell just happened like the movie.
Now the ending was great. Actually made sense and kinda reminded me of 'contact' in how the aliens dealt with visitors. It made me wonder why the movie didn't use this storyline..? It would've been great and made sense. The movie ending is one big mess. I see what Kubric was trying to do, but he did it badly. BADLY. I came away with more respect for Clark, and less for Kubric. Clark was a genius and its a shame he didn't write more.(easy for me to say ha) Check out 'Childhoods End' for another Clark masterpiece. 'Rendezvous with Rama' is also good but maybe a tad anti climactic... to say the least.
Get the Book you won't regret it!
2001 is an oddity because the The movie didn't follow the book. Arthur Clark and Stanley Kubric worked on the story together in order to make to make a movie and a book. They evolved in tandem up to a point with the movie coming out first. I’ll say a few things about the movie first, as they are relevant if you’ve seen it.
I remember hearing all the hype and then seeing the movie when I was a kid. The movie was, well, weird and confusing -- so much so that it I found it unsatisfying. I just couldn't get it and I suspect a lot of other people didn't either unless they'd read the book. Someone recently said to me, 'If you read the book the movie will make sense.' Well, I just read it. And, yes, the movie seems to make more sense now. I'm much more satisfied with the book, though. It seems to me now that the movie sacrificed clear storytelling for being oh-so-visually-stunning (read that last phrase in your best Stewie Griffin voice).
Movie aside, the story in the book is excellent. It struck me as very original (though based on earlier works by the author), which matters to me. What really blew me away though was discovering the book was actually published BEFORE the U.S.reached the moon and yet the description of spaceflight and life in space is so convincing. The plot was quite enjoyable, although I have to admit the tension between Hal and the crew is done better in the movie. "Open the pod bay doors, Hal. I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave." is only uttered in the movie. Still, I get some, but not all, of the interesting bits of the movie now and I'm glad for that.
If you want to understand the movie somewhat better and enjoy an excellent, old sci-fi story, I highly recommend this book. You even enjoy it more if you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t have its scenes in your head. The narration was excellent, btw.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
2 CHILD LAWS, NEWSPAD (I-PAD), STARGATE
I have lost track of how many times I have read the book, listened on tape, watched the movie, and now I have downloaded it. Arthur C. Clarke is in a class, all by himself. To hear his voice in the introduction was a real treat. It is amazing the amount of things he wrote about in the sixties that are now everyday things.
Kids under 40 may find this book and the movie to be a little slow and a little technical. That is only in parts. The story as a whole is a masterpiece.
The book differs from the movie slightly and that is explained by Clarke in the introduction. A good look into the making of a movie and the writing of a book. To be honest I felt that the tension built by dealing with HAL was done better in the movie. I loved this, but I really liked (The City and The Stars )and (Rendezvous with Rama) better.
I had not realized until this reading that Clarke was part of the group warning us about overpopulation, Pohl, Harrison, Asimov, and Silverberg among many. He talks about Americans having meatless days and about many countries having 2 child laws. If you are over 50, you may remember the hysteria about overpopulation and the dire predictions for the turn of the century. Things we need to think about as today's writers call us stupid for not freaking out over there warnings about the most popular predicted crises of today.
Dick Hill is my favorite narrator.
Based on the ratings of the book I thought that it would be good. I was wrong. Its boring and overrated. I got half way through and couldn't listen anymore. I found myself daydreaming about listening to a better book while listening to this book. The only interesting part was the first thirty minutes about the cavemen.
Excellent Science Fiction
Bowman, mostly because the most interesting stuff happens to him
He says the chapters, so many times in audio books they don't announce the chapters or provide a break between sections.
Captured the wonder and excitement of ETs
It was quite fun
Rendezvous with Rama, obviously the same author, so the many of the same kind of elements exist in both. minimal character development, and maximum space. I'm ok with this.
HAL, great voice and tone.
Sadly, Clarkes writing can get tedious. so no. Breaks are needed.
First time listening/reading this book. I have seen the movie multiple times over the years and can say the book was superior. I had never known that Kubrick and Clarke were collaborating for the movie while he was writing the novel. It shows in the both executions.
Las Cruces runner with a 2hr work commute everyday.
Have not read the print version.
Fantastic book. I look forward to watching the movie and reading the sequels.
I own & listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & hopefully are helpful as well.
I wish I had the same admiration for this as others, but I was a bit bored. Book was deep and well written, but I just didn't find it interesting. I never saw the movie. If I had, maybe my appreciation of the book would be different. I understand this broke new ground for sci-fi literature, so I give it credit for that, but it's not a book I'd ever want to read again or read a sequel.
The story is all over the place. From prehistoric times to well into the future. It ended in a nonsensical anti-climactic borefest.
No, but probably won't pursue any other books by Arthur C. Clarke.
Huge disappointment and confusion.