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
Am a huge fan of the Kubrick/Clarke movie but have been a bit puzzled by a few things in it. Thought this would shed more light on the film. Though it was quite narrative of the film still doesn't bring any new insight into the masterpiece of a film. The reader was quite hard to follow because he didn't seem to connect with what he was saying, so I found myself drifting off a lot while I was listening.
Mind over matter
Every character Rick Hill performs as is the best. I enjoy his narration very much. To me he is the perfect narrator!
The movie was beautiful, but I needed to know more. Reading this book was an enlightening experience. Neurotic HAL needed to "remove the sources of his frustrations". His conflict between telling the truth and withholding the truth drove him over the edge. Sir Arthur C. Clarke also addresses "conflict between mind and matter". As usual, Clarke achieved his goal in providing us with an outstanding read, transporting the reader light years away from our home planet.
Superior narration by Dick Hill!
What can be said that hasn’t been said … cliché though it may be, is accurate. The most enlightening part of this story is the prologue read by Arthur C. Clarke himself. The creation of the novel in close collaboration with Stanley Kubrick’s movie production was news to me, and fascinating.
The story itself is read by Dick Hill, just under seven hours in length, released in 2008 - just prior to Clarke’s death.
Worth the credits. The movie now make more sense and I look forward to watching it again. Enjoyed!
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This is an excellent reading of a classic. My only question in where is the next one? I want to hear the next odyssey, Gosh Darn It! I don't want to skip to the third one, I want to hear about 2010.
I recently started listening to books and am addicted! Sci-fi is my favorite genre!
Everything! from narration; to philosophy; to the actual story!
The philosophy behind it.
Absolutely, and I would've too if I had the time.
I absolutely loved the movie and I personally think it is the best sci-fi movie ever made. But then I read this book and it just blew me away! There were a lot of aspects which were mentioned in the book which were left out of the movie, and that is what made it all the more enjoyable to me.
The movie was incomprehensible without the book as reference. With the book, the movie is pretty, if pretentious. I recommend the book highly and Dick Hill does an excellent job of narration.
Doctor of misanthropy
We've all seen the movie, and we all more or less know the story. And if you're my age, and have a passing interest in science fiction, you've probably already read the book.
But, this refreshed the whole story for me. With a few more decades of maturity behind me, it was nice to look at the story afresh and gain a little deeper understanding.
My only issue with this production is the use of Dick Hill as the lector. It may be my own bias, but I'm far too accustomed to Hill's voice as that of Jack Reacher (Lee Child), and it was difficult for me to reframe his voice in the context of a science fiction classic. Let's face it, when you hear the voice of Jack Reacher saying "I'm sorry Dave, but I can't do that," the whole scene plays differently.
Not that this is bad. The story's still worthwhile, and as always, a welcome installment of Clarke.
I know I'm in the minority here and never saw the movie, which probably wouldn't have helped since several of the reviewers were confused by the movie until they read the book, but I just couldn't get into the story and my mind drifted a lot. The only things that kept me listening was waiting for something interesting to happen that I could understand (there were a couple spots) and the narration. There wasn't much to the narration since there weren't that many characters that actually spoke (he did a good HAL) since the majority of the book seemed to be descriptions but he has a nice voice that you could listen to and not really care what he was saying.
Give me plausible sci-fi and I will read you forever.
This book answers a lot of questions I had after watching the movie. The story is a lot if fun. Like most classic Sci Fi, you get only one gender's perspective - this book more than most, I think. The segment with HAL is timely, though!
It's funny how relative this book is today and yet it was written forty years ago. This is a great sci-fi classic.
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