This allegory about humanity's exploration of the universe, and the universe's reaction to humanity, was the basis for director Stanley Kubrick's immortal film, and lives on as a hallmark achievement in storytelling.
©1968 Arthur C. Clarke; ©1968 Polaris Productions, Inc.; (P)2000 Brilliance Audio
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
Yes-I know everyone love his narrations but, for me, I thought his best lines were as HAL9000. When it came to giving life to the human characters Hill's narration wasn't up to par.
Of course I've seen the movie 5 times and read the book several times..Because it is a favorite for me I though I'd buy the Audible version. It's wonderfully written and having Sir Arthur Clarke's prequel was so entertaining.
As I know the story well, I ended u quite disappointed with Hill's interpretation of it.
I'm sure all the Hill admirers will bast my review, but I can think of several other narrators who would have done a much better job.
Based on the ratings of the book I thought that it would be good. I was wrong. Its boring and overrated. I got half way through and couldn't listen anymore. I found myself daydreaming about listening to a better book while listening to this book. The only interesting part was the first thirty minutes about the cavemen.
Excellent Science Fiction
Bowman, mostly because the most interesting stuff happens to him
He says the chapters, so many times in audio books they don't announce the chapters or provide a break between sections.
Captured the wonder and excitement of ETs
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.
Way better than the movie. Movie seems rushed and incomplete.
And this is only a 6 hour book.
The book is awesome, intend to read the other 3.
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I was quite hooked at the beginning, less so towards the end when it was just one long unending description of his surroundings – that part bored me although in my experience it’s pretty standard for a Sci-fi book ending.
I want to read the sequels, but Audible does not have Book 2 in store, and I wonder if I will miss out by heading straight to book 3?
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!
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.
"Love at first listen"
Great film, great book. I have listen to this three times and can't wait to do it again. I think it is great.
A classic tie in to the movie. A cautionary tale of AI gone mad and ET managing the growth in intelligence.
This book stretches the imagination to its limits, then smashes those barriers and goes far beyond. This book is incomparable with any others in the same genre. It's class and pedigree stand head and shoulders above the rest. For any aspiring writers I would definitely recommend this book as the benchmark to be studied in this particular field of writing. The fact that such a legendary filmmaker in Stanley Kubrick, was so adamant to get this story out there to the public shows exactly how special and unique the story is, as well as the talents of its author. Forty five years after being first published, the story has not dated. The story itself is immersive and you don't find yourself pulling at the tapestry that has been woven to create the story. You will soon realise that you are in the hands of a master storyteller, a master of his craft. Enjoy this book, you'll be sad when it's over, but that will just motivate you to return and listen to it again.
"Sooooo much better than the film"
The commentary by Arthur Clarke made me seriously regret buying this. However, fast forwarding onto the start of the novel and things got a lot better. The narration is done very well and it was great to finally hear all the bits that the film missed out. Not that I still fully understand the ending...
Without doubt one of the best sci-fi stories of all time, well Narrated by Dick Hill
The best film and book of all time!
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