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2001 Audiobook
2001
Written by: 
Arthur C. Clarke
Narrated by: 
Dick Hill
2001 Audiobook

2001: A Space Odyssey [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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

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    Steve Queensland Australia 02-03-16
    Steve Queensland Australia 02-03-16 Member Since 2012
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    "All time fav"

    I listen to this book a couple of times a year. Never gets old and an all time favorite

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    Nuckols 01-28-16
    Nuckols 01-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun Hard Sci Fi"
    What made the experience of listening to 2001 the most enjoyable?

    It was quite fun


    What other book might you compare 2001 to and why?

    Rendezvous with Rama, obviously the same author, so the many of the same kind of elements exist in both. minimal character development, and maximum space. I'm ok with this.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    HAL, great voice and tone.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sadly, Clarkes writing can get tedious. so no. Breaks are needed.


    Any additional comments?

    First time listening/reading this book. I have seen the movie multiple times over the years and can say the book was superior. I had never known that Kubrick and Clarke were collaborating for the movie while he was writing the novel. It shows in the both executions.

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    JUSTIN 01-11-16
    JUSTIN 01-11-16 Member Since 2015

    Las Cruces runner with a 2hr work commute everyday.

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    "Decided to start with the book before the movie."
    Would you consider the audio edition of 2001 to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version.


    What other book might you compare 2001 to and why?

    No answer.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Discovery


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book. I look forward to watching the movie and reading the sequels.

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    CR Frisco, TX 12-30-15
    CR Frisco, TX 12-30-15 Member Since 2002

    I listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & are hopefully helpful to you as well.

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    "I don't see the mass appeal. 3.5 stars"

    I wish I had the same admiration for this as others, but I was a bit bored. Book was deep and well written, but I just didn't find it interesting. I never saw the movie. If I had, maybe my appreciation of the book would be different. I understand this broke new ground for sci-fi literature, so I give it credit for that, but it's not a book I'd ever want to read again or read a sequel.

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    Christopher Anderson 07-29-15
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    "I cannot fathom why this book is popular."
    What disappointed you about 2001?

    The story is all over the place. From prehistoric times to well into the future. It ended in a nonsensical anti-climactic borefest.


    Has 2001 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but probably won't pursue any other books by Arthur C. Clarke.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Huge disappointment and confusion.


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    Amazon Customer Österreich 07-27-15
    Amazon Customer Österreich 07-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I really don't see the appeal"

    I'm as much a Geek as the next guy, so it always struck me very odd, that 2001 is such a big part of geek culture and I just don't get why - I never liked it. Bad storytelling, boring story to begin with and most of the time, nothing at all happens.
    The book sure does a better job than the movie in explaining what's going on, but in itself I find it just an OK but rather boring story.

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    Jonathan Dearmont 07-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I was expecting"

    I read The Martian just before this, and was expecting something that would be more along those lines - dealing more with reality than fantastical events. This book started out very interesting, but I just didn't like the second half. Not a very captivating story.

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    S. Randoll Florida 07-06-15
    S. Randoll Florida 07-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A new view of a foggy tale"

    I am amazed at how differently I view this story now that I've read the book. Mr. Clarke's depth and detail and richness of content genuinely shed new light on characters I had held in a murky regard for most of my life. I think it's hilarious that some criticized this book is having too many details, too much description. To me it was very necessary to understand what a magnificent film Kubrick and he had created.

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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-28-15
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-28-15 Member Since 2014

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    "2001: A Space Oddity"

    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.


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    Wha-Seung 06-18-15
    Wha-Seung 06-18-15
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    "Enhancement of the SF effect in scale "

    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.

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