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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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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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    Karlyn Keller 02-13-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"

    I'm a sci fi reader and sad to say found this one disappointing. I know it's probably because I'm not giving it enough credit for starting the genre or something, but I found it overall an unrewarding story. I've never seen the movie and now it's definitely off my list. :-/

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    Ivan Goodwater 02-03-15
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    "Big fan of the movie, now bigger fan of the book."

    The movie is one of my favorite and when i tried to read the book normally i found it to be a dry read. But this audiobook made it easy and I enjoyed it very much.

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    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 01-20-15
    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Science fiction at its best!"

    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.

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    Mason McNulty 01-19-15
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    "A smash hit"

    Smashing. Scifi hasn't been the same since this tale and the way our future today mirrors that of the past predictions is amazing.

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    DJ 01-10-15
    DJ 01-10-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, narrator just ok"

    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.

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    Ruth M. 12-15-14
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    "Now I understand what the movie story was."

    Great Old School science fiction adventure. Enjoyed it a lot. Had an ending I appreciated having been suggested to my imagination.

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    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 12-09-14
    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 12-09-14 Member Since 2014

    Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.

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    This is still a great story. It doesn't feel At all dated. Great performance.

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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 11-19-14
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 11-19-14 Member Since 2014

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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    If you could sum up 2001 in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, engrossing, great


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery of the monoliths, the fantasy of Dave's adventure through space


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

    No
    The performance was great, you can tell when they recorded separate scenes especially when HAL speaks, that doesn't ruin it, the effect is that it makes it creepy


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction is asking for the sequel on audible immediately
    And buying the kindle version


    Any additional comments?

    I had know idea that the story was this cool
    Pretty cool that it was written yrs before landing on the moon and space flight in general

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    Steve 11-11-14
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    "review of 2001: Space Odyssey"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book who likes to read science fiction, this is a classic. This is a must read on your list, the time will pass very fast.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leanering about Hal 9000


    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?

    One of the most thrilling video of deep space probes


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    Florida Native Florida 10-01-14
    Florida Native Florida 10-01-14 Member Since 2010

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    "One of the classic "geek" books of all time"

    This is one of the classic sci fi books of all time. Worth a read just to notice the things that have and have not happened in space exploration. I thought it was hilarious that the author thought that a space shuttle would have a stewardess.

    When you consider the time in which the book was written, you realize what a visionary Arthur C. Clarke really was. Interesting to notice the space ship names and compare them with the names of the Space Shuttles and the vehicles NASA was developing under the Constellation Program - this is why I call this book a "classic geek book".

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