this story spikes my curiosity so well by talking about the origins of man and just being an overall true to heart adventure of thongs that could actually be, if you love the unknown of the universe please check this out
No. Although the narration was solid throughout the book. The actor does not have many voices. One part of the book that stands out in a negative way was the scene where David Bowman unplugs HAL 9000. In the movie, this scene was heavily emotional and dramatic. It made the robot seem almost human. In this audiobook however, the narrator acts out the scene in a very straight forward fashion, without any emotion. And makes HAL 9000 sound exactly like what it is; a robot. The print version would have allowed me to dramatise the scene as I thought was appropriate.
David Bowman. Quite obviously.
I suppose it would have to be the scene where Bowman unplugs HAL 9000. Although the entire segment where Bowman enters the artefact object and experiences this strange, new universe, with all its alien landscapes and visuals was outstanding.
The end left me very confused but also amazed. Speechless in a way.
This sure filled in a lot of the gaps in 2001 the movie. Wow, that makes more sense now.
The reader's voice for HAL was almost exactly like that in the movie... very creepy.
The end felt very accelerated, but I suppose this was essentially a movie screenplay.
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.
This is a must read for science fiction fans! The narrative speaks to the reader/listener on deep levels, which is what science fiction at its best does.
"To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” -- Somerset Maugham
I've read a lot of "first contact" books, most written well after this one. I don't know that there are any better ones out there, though Clarke himself wrote two other good ones: Childhood's End and Rendezvous with Rama. Both of those are great and feel different than 2001. I still love Solaris, Ender's Game, and War of the Worlds. And one of my recent favorites was Embassytown by China Mieville. But honestly, I think this book would be a great one to compare and contrast with my favorite SF read of 2013, Roadside Picnic.
Yes it was. The chapters are short, each one has a specific focus that is different from the last, and Clarke is smart enough to skip past uninteresting events. It is a very tight, well-written novel!
I read this decades ago and was surprised at how well it holds up. Despite the fact that this book was written before the first moon landing, a lot of the scientific speculation still feels relevant. Actually, it may be MORE relevant now than it was then. (Speculation about AI for instance.)