You destroy the continuity by not including 2010. Perhaps it is not Audible's fault, but it is still an unpardonable thing to do. It greatly diminishes 2061!
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
Doctor of misanthropy
We've all seen the movie, and we all more or less know the story. And if you're my age, and have a passing interest in science fiction, you've probably already read the book.
But, this refreshed the whole story for me. With a few more decades of maturity behind me, it was nice to look at the story afresh and gain a little deeper understanding.
My only issue with this production is the use of Dick Hill as the lector. It may be my own bias, but I'm far too accustomed to Hill's voice as that of Jack Reacher (Lee Child), and it was difficult for me to reframe his voice in the context of a science fiction classic. Let's face it, when you hear the voice of Jack Reacher saying "I'm sorry Dave, but I can't do that," the whole scene plays differently.
Not that this is bad. The story's still worthwhile, and as always, a welcome installment of Clarke.
I know I'm in the minority here and never saw the movie, which probably wouldn't have helped since several of the reviewers were confused by the movie until they read the book, but I just couldn't get into the story and my mind drifted a lot. The only things that kept me listening was waiting for something interesting to happen that I could understand (there were a couple spots) and the narration. There wasn't much to the narration since there weren't that many characters that actually spoke (he did a good HAL) since the majority of the book seemed to be descriptions but he has a nice voice that you could listen to and not really care what he was saying.
If you like Sci-fi and read a few you will find that many authors is inspired by this book. It is interesting to read it in original. It also allows you to look back on on the time when this book was written, this is not a joy. There is no female characters. The only female name i remember from the book is Betty the transportation pod. Betty has a female name since transportation pods is unpredictable.
No it was not that good. If they want to read it because it is a classic they should. But they do not need the encouragement.
Give me plausible sci-fi and I will read you forever.
This book answers a lot of questions I had after watching the movie. The story is a lot if fun. Like most classic Sci Fi, you get only one gender's perspective - this book more than most, I think. The segment with HAL is timely, though!
It's funny how relative this book is today and yet it was written forty years ago. This is a great sci-fi classic.
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Yes-I know everyone love his narrations but, for me, I thought his best lines were as HAL9000. When it came to giving life to the human characters Hill's narration wasn't up to par.
Of course I've seen the movie 5 times and read the book several times..Because it is a favorite for me I though I'd buy the Audible version. It's wonderfully written and having Sir Arthur Clarke's prequel was so entertaining.
As I know the story well, I ended u quite disappointed with Hill's interpretation of it.
I'm sure all the Hill admirers will bast my review, but I can think of several other narrators who would have done a much better job.
I saw the movie and only just read the book. The book makes sense while the movie didn't so much. The author and the narration style matches well. I plan to get the rest of the books as well.
I saw the movie when I was much younger, back in the early days of Reagan. It wasn't until recently, after exhausting Heinlein's inconsistently brilliant treasure-trove of stagnated pubescence, that I moved on to the next author in the Big Three: Arthur C. Clarke. Brilliant is an understatement.
The writing, the performance--all of it, superb and deeply satisfying. One of the best titles I have in my library. After experiencing 2001, it is easy to see how many other authors have been influenced and have drawn from this title.
The preface is read by Arthur C. Clarke, which is a treat all by itself.