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
Like so many readers, I wanted to read this book, first of all, because I am a fan of Arthur C. Clarke and was left with too many questions after the Kubrick's film. I think it is great that those two are a bit different, and both complement each other.
Even though everybody is familiar with this iconic film but Clarke still manages to develop a remarkably involving story, raising the questions that are still relevant today: are we alone in this universe? How did the humans came into existence? Are there higher powers? What is the next step of our evolution?
There are some similarities between 2001 and 'Childhood's end', as both deal with similar questions, in their own way.
The narrator does a very good job. The author's intro to this audio-book was a pleasant surprise!
I was hesitant at first. I've seen the movie three times and have never been able to make much sense of the plot or what they were trying to say. But, I read a lot of other reviews and decided to spend the credit.
I'm glad I did.
The book is very, very good. The movie and the book follow the same basic plot line, but the book is able to explain everything in so much more detail. It's a great story and a book you will find difficult to 'put down' (or rather, turn off). The narrator is also fantastic. "HAL" sounds exactly like he should and the main character has enough depth to make you envision yourself in his situation.
Arthur C. Clarke was a visionary, a man ahead of his time. I enjoyed listening to all the different 'gadgets' he thought up for the future, and comparing them to what we actually have now, in 2016. In some places he was very on the mark, in other places he fell a bit short, but considering the book was written in the late 1960's, it's pretty amazing.
Overall, the book should make you think. We tend to be so caught up in our daily existence, we don't take the time to think about the stars, the planets, the Universe or the spirituality of it all. We should.