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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?
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!
This is one of the classic sci fi books of all time. Worth a read just to notice the things that have and have not happened in space exploration. I thought it was hilarious that the author thought that a space shuttle would have a stewardess.
When you consider the time in which the book was written, you realize what a visionary Arthur C. Clarke really was. Interesting to notice the space ship names and compare them with the names of the Space Shuttles and the vehicles NASA was developing under the Constellation Program - this is why I call this book a "classic geek book".
I remember watching the film version as a kid and being utterly bored to tears and then watching it again as a teen and nodding off...I simply could not make it past the cavemen. When the book came up as a 'Daily Deal', I thought 'Ok...let me see if I get it better in book form'....and I did! Maybe I was too young before, but now I thoroughly enjoyed it - especially the caveman bits! Go figure.
I've turned out to be a very well read adult, as well as, a complete cinephile, so reading this was a real treat. I had fun connecting all the dots in my head to other works....this must have been a huge influence on Ridley Scott for 'Alien', movies and books like 'Contact' and so many others. This was definitely a masterwork of imagination.
There is a wonderful intro by Clarke at the beginning that was entertaining and wonderfully informative.
And on the whole....I just solidly enjoyed the book. Great narration for Hal. Maybe it's just Kubrick that puts me to sleep.....movie time!
I have not watched the movie so I did not know the premise of the book I just knew it was famous. I was expecting fire works Hollywood blockbuster kind of a story but it turned out to be more contemplative than I expected. The science fiction itself is more realistic and allegorical than fictional. No wonder, this book is a classic and the author is put on such a high pedestal.
Am a huge fan of the Kubrick/Clarke movie but have been a bit puzzled by a few things in it. Thought this would shed more light on the film. Though it was quite narrative of the film still doesn't bring any new insight into the masterpiece of a film. The reader was quite hard to follow because he didn't seem to connect with what he was saying, so I found myself drifting off a lot while I was listening.