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Jon

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Ventura, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (964)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (544)

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Douglas says: "The Movie Makes More Sense Now"
    "Now I see what Kubric was 'doing' with the ending"
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    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.

    -Spoiler-
    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.

    Get the Book you won't regret it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1005)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (704)

    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    Mark says: "Narrator's voice will not "bore you to death!""
    "Don't judge book until you reach the end! spoilers"
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    The view of the future Asimov puts out, had me very depressed. I thought for sure the author was some sick utopian from the 50's (which sickly, seems to be coming back into fashion).. anyway, his view of 'eternity' seems to be of humans living comfortable lives without want or worry, like couch potatoes waiting for a welfare check. People losing all aspiration for life and ambition, therefore stopping most tech advancement.

    I almost stopped listening in fact.. especially with the view of the only Woman in the story. The view of women in 'Eternity' is a sex objects only, something you have to trick into a relationship. It all seemed a sick, sick world. The story was good, although the outbursts by the main character towards his superior were over the top. I cannot see any situation where I'd ever react in such a way. BUT

    The ending is so awesome and surprising that all my previous views about Asimov were swept aside. He really did get it. It was a sick society. Adversity and disaster is how we learn and strive ahead. As for the only Woman in the story... some reviewers don't seem to have finished the end, as the previous views are meaningless. I don't want to give any more away but it'll make a GREAT movie! Inspirational ending

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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