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.
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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 is astounding to me how accurately Clarke detailed the solar system in the mid '60s. I find it funny that the most glaring error in his prediction of the future is that the US cooperates with Soviets on building the space station rather than with Russia. Amazing story. Beautiful imagination of the future. Detailed scientific knowledge of the cosmos.
Excellent and compelling. not a good time to be forced to write a review. Audible marketing becoming oppressive :(
Hmm. This is strictly a matter of taste, but I am not a big fan of massive exposition.
2001, and Rendezvous are more that style - where as 2061 & 3001 are more story driven then exposition driven.
I never read Arthur C. Clarke, aside from 3001 in 1998. I felt it was a good thing to encounter his early works now, later in life, rather then earlier.
That said, I enjoyed Childhood's End more. Not because it was better, but that I am more drawn to the mystery that Childhood's End offered. I feel the same about 2010 - because it is more about discovering What Happened over What is Happening.
I really enjoyed the short biography that played after the audiobook concluded. How the movie came before the book, but that the book had to come before the movie would be made.