This novel is different from the movie. In some ways it's better in some ways less interesting. It holds up very well over the years and in some ways 40 years later almost 50 years later it is more poignant and spot on then when read in the 60s. I would strongly recommend it.
I'm a sci fi reader and sad to say found this one disappointing. I know it's probably because I'm not giving it enough credit for starting the genre or something, but I found it overall an unrewarding story. I've never seen the movie and now it's definitely off my list. :-/
The movie is one of my favorite and when i tried to read the book normally i found it to be a dry read. But this audiobook made it easy and I enjoyed it very much.
2001 A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
This is one of the books that has had a a profound affect on science fiction, and has helped humanity to dream of what could be, what might be, and the reality of what is.
I really enjoyed the story but the narrator's voice/accent and delivery weren't so great and I found it a bit distracting. Overall I would still recommend this, especially with the the Author's discussion at the beginning.