It seems the voice of Hal from the movie is forever imprinted on the minds of humans. The reader does a great job of portraying the different voices from this book. It felt almost like an auditory performance. Loved it.
Hal 9000 is such an iconic cold hearted character.
The audio was very good. It seems the voice of Hal from the movie is forever imprinted on the minds of humans. The reader does a great job of protraying the different voices from this book. Almost like an auditory performance. Loved it.
It is interesting that this book was written so long ago, before the majority of space exploration, yet it holds up well scientifically and feels like a strong companion to similir contemporary works.
2001 is an oddity because the The movie didn't follow the book. Arthur Clark and Stanley Kubric worked on the story together in order to make to make a movie and a book. They evolved in tandem up to a point with the movie coming out first. I’ll say a few things about the movie first, as they are relevant if you’ve seen it.
I remember hearing all the hype and then seeing the movie when I was a kid. The movie was, well, weird and confusing -- so much so that it I found it unsatisfying. I just couldn't get it and I suspect a lot of other people didn't either unless they'd read the book. Someone recently said to me, 'If you read the book the movie will make sense.' Well, I just read it. And, yes, the movie seems to make more sense now. I'm much more satisfied with the book, though. It seems to me now that the movie sacrificed clear storytelling for being oh-so-visually-stunning (read that last phrase in your best Stewie Griffin voice).
Movie aside, the story in the book is excellent. It struck me as very original (though based on earlier works by the author), which matters to me. What really blew me away though was discovering the book was actually published BEFORE the U.S.reached the moon and yet the description of spaceflight and life in space is so convincing. The plot was quite enjoyable, although I have to admit the tension between Hal and the crew is done better in the movie. "Open the pod bay doors, Hal. I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave." is only uttered in the movie. Still, I get some, but not all, of the interesting bits of the movie now and I'm glad for that.
If you want to understand the movie somewhat better and enjoy an excellent, old sci-fi story, I highly recommend this book. You even enjoy it more if you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t have its scenes in your head. The narration was excellent, btw.
Well read. Those I failed to grasp in the movie or in the book could be appreciated through the audible. I think 2001 space odessay is a good example which proves that reading by a ptofessional can enhance the SF effect.
I am sure I'll listen to 2001 again someday. This is a classic that is well worth the read or listen once every 10 years or so. The book is thought-provoking and imaginative.
Different and yet exactly the same as the film. It adds a completely new dimension to the story that compliments the film perfectly. Written with Kubrick it is fascinating to know all the extra story and internal dialogue is spiritually the same as the movie despite some of its obvious differences.
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.