I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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.
You destroy the continuity by not including 2010. Perhaps it is not Audible's fault, but it is still an unpardonable thing to do. It greatly diminishes 2061!
I'm old enough that 2001 still sounds like the future to me. I know I can't be the only one that is upset that this type of space travel isn't already possible. This is a classic story. I bought the kindle version and then the audio upgrade, The kindle version has an excellent foreword describing the process of writing this book and collaborating with Stanley Kubrick. I am still young enough that the movie was before my time but found it interesting that this book was written before the moon landing. Dick Hill's narration is superb although, and I don't think it could be helped, he seems extremely influenced by the HAL of the movie. I would recommend buying the kindle version and doing an audio upgrade so you can read and listen to this wonderful book. Up next 2010 (still sounds like the future to me as I write this in 2015).
There's one spot in the story, (exact time code unknown) where the track skipped and repeats about 2 seconds of itself. I rewound and played again to the same result.
It occurred in the middle of the story where discovery in near Jupiter and Saturn. The Hal computer starts to act funny and they begin EVAing to fix the ship... That's the best description I can give without listening to the whole thing again.
One of the best beginnings to a book I've listened to fizzles out to a big cosmic and mystical ball of meh.
Beginning in pre history with an ancient alien entity tinkering with the development of primitive man, 2001 starts full of promise but by the second part of the book which is set on an unfortunately dated 60's era imagining of a futuristic moon (complete with typewriters!), the story lapses into long periods of narrative fluff in between the occasional event that moves the story along.
Part 3, which guides us towards man's ultimate meeting with the alien entity which visited prehistoric earth is drawn out way too long and ends in a mystical snooze fest (literally).
A short book already, 2001 could have done with another 20-30% lopped off it.
Narration is good.
The story written in 1968 is still futuristic today!
The reader was excellent!
He brought it to life.
Ok,so I had the best intentions.I started listening for work, but now I'm re-discovering the classic sci-fi books that I read as a kid.
this was better as an audio book than it was as a movie and the narrator brought it to life more so in my ears than was done on the screen. Of all the Heinlein books......why was 2001 made into a movie???? This was well done and a joy to listen to....while certainly not my favorite Heinlein story still worth the listen....and since I'm working my way through the entire audio collection I'd have to get to it at one time or another.....still, time well spent :)
not worth the money or time spent to download.
story is wretched.
performance was ok.