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2001: A Space Odyssey | [Arthur C. Clarke]

2001: A Space Odyssey

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.
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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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    Temporal Singularity Lompoc, CA, United States 06-21-13
    Temporal Singularity Lompoc, CA, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Even if you've never seen the movie, get the book."

    The story is actually quite good and well told. I was surprised that a novel written in 1968 could be so scientifically accurate. What we know and understand about the universe today is so much different that it was then. And his predictions about future tech was fairly accurate. Arthur C. Clark was a great author.

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-10-13
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2012

    I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

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    "Better Than the Movie"
    What made the experience of listening to 2001 the most enjoyable?

    The narrator does an excellent job and the story is written by one of the greatest SF writers ever. Great combination.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think this story can be appreciated with some distance from the movie, which was fantastic for its time but in many ways doesn't do justice to the story arch. If you have read Childhoods End you will see similar elements but the role of humanity in the universe becomes clearer (novel) than it appears in the film. Clarke's ability to define the role of humanity form a big picture perspective is unique and awe inspiring.


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

    Well HAL is simply fantastic, your its spine tingling when he narrates the key pionts of HAL's disconnection. Just great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending is uplifting and foreboding at the same time, a classic in SF and literature for that matter.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read this in a while or just remember the file, I would recommend you revisit this story. It is hopeful and relevant.

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    Kevin Gabbert 03-26-13 Member Since 2002
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    "A longer story is all I could wish for"
    Where does 2001 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This will be in my top ten rotation of audio books I listen to every year.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    HAL of course.


    Any additional comments?

    The reading was well done and the forward by Clarke is good stuff. I was not disappointed.

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    Dwayne Callahan Gainesville, FL, US 02-20-13
    Dwayne Callahan Gainesville, FL, US 02-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The story clears alot up."
    Any additional comments?

    If you are like me and saw the 2001 movie and felt lost in the ending half of the movie, the book clears it all up. I must have watched 2001 20 times and still was somewhat lost during the final half of the film. Having listened to the audiobook I now realize how much of the true story could not be conveyed in film.

    If you are like me and would really like to understand the ending of the film, read/listen to the book, you will walk away with a far greater understanding.

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    Edward Albion Park, Australia 07-30-12
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    "Better than the movie!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Fills in the details not covered well in the movie.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 2001?

    The foreword spoken by Arthur C Clark


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant tone and lots of expression


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

    Yes


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    susan Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 07-15-12
    susan Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A great read."

    I enjoyed revisiting 2001, hearing about how it came to be written and learning about the partnership between Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick. Dick Hill did a great job narrating, and captured HAL perfectly.

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    DSD Georgia 07-13-12
    DSD Georgia 07-13-12 Listener Since 2009

    Stop listening to other people's opinions and form one of your own. That's sound advice, or not. It all depends on how literal you take it.

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    "Great listen"

    This was one of a few that I considered a great listen. If you've seen the movie and liked it, then you should listen to the book.

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    Scott Nasu, Japan 03-03-12
    Scott Nasu, Japan 03-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    You're certainly not going to want to attempt this if you're not a science-fiction fan, but you must do it if you are. I'm not sure why Kubrick felt he had to make the final 15 minutes of the movie so muddled and inaccessible; Clarke's vision for what took place is clear and easy to understand as presented here. I almost wish somebody would remake the film, or at least the last 15 mins.

    Dick Hill -- who I'd only heard previously once doing Easy Riders, Raging Bulls -- does a great job with this material, displaying a depth I didn't know he had.

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    Kim R Lemons 02-20-12 Listener Since 2009
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    The book made sense, where I didn't find that the movie did. Now I plan to watch the movie again.

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    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 12-21-11
    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A great glimpse of the future."
    What made the experience of listening to 2001 the most enjoyable?

    I've seen the movie and now I've heard the book. The book is like the movie without the picture. However, my imagination filled in all the gaps.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was unbiased and simple.


    Any additional comments?

    When are they going to do all the rest of the books in audio form?

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