Dr. Nils Rasmussen
This whole novel was actually based off of Clarke's previous short story, "The Monolith", but obviously VASTLY expanded upon.
As I'm sure is the case with most people, I saw the film 2001: A Space Odyssey BEFORE having the opportunity to read the book.
Let me tell you - it makes a LOT more content within the movie actually make sense.
The opening scene of the movie with the apes and the monolith actually spans the first SIX chapters of this book. That should give you an idea of the amount of material left out of the film which fills in the curious plot gaps.
I don't want to ruin anything by giving more away, but whether you have seen the movie or not, I believe it is your DUTY as a science-fiction fan to read this book. There aren't many modern-day masterpieces anymore, but this would definitely fall under that category.
PS = Also, do yourself a favor and be sure to check out Arthur C Clarke's library of short stories as well. He is truly a master of the medium.
9.31 / 10.00
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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.
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
Way better than the movie. Movie seems rushed and incomplete.
And this is only a 6 hour book.
The book is awesome, intend to read the other 3.
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I was quite hooked at the beginning, less so towards the end when it was just one long unending description of his surroundings – that part bored me although in my experience it’s pretty standard for a Sci-fi book ending.
I want to read the sequels, but Audible does not have Book 2 in store, and I wonder if I will miss out by heading straight to book 3?
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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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.
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!
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.
Well read. Those I failed to grasp in the movie or in the book could be appreciated through the audible. I think 2001 space odessay is a good example which proves that reading by a ptofessional can enhance the SF effect.