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
Like so many readers, I wanted to read this book, first of all, because I am a fan of Arthur C. Clarke and was left with too many questions after the Kubrick's film. I think it is great that those two are a bit different, and both complement each other.
Even though everybody is familiar with this iconic film but Clarke still manages to develop a remarkably involving story, raising the questions that are still relevant today: are we alone in this universe? How did the humans came into existence? Are there higher powers? What is the next step of our evolution?
There are some similarities between 2001 and 'Childhood's end', as both deal with similar questions, in their own way.
The narrator does a very good job. The author's intro to this audio-book was a pleasant surprise!
I was hesitant at first. I've seen the movie three times and have never been able to make much sense of the plot or what they were trying to say. But, I read a lot of other reviews and decided to spend the credit.
I'm glad I did.
The book is very, very good. The movie and the book follow the same basic plot line, but the book is able to explain everything in so much more detail. It's a great story and a book you will find difficult to 'put down' (or rather, turn off). The narrator is also fantastic. "HAL" sounds exactly like he should and the main character has enough depth to make you envision yourself in his situation.
Arthur C. Clarke was a visionary, a man ahead of his time. I enjoyed listening to all the different 'gadgets' he thought up for the future, and comparing them to what we actually have now, in 2016. In some places he was very on the mark, in other places he fell a bit short, but considering the book was written in the late 1960's, it's pretty amazing.
Overall, the book should make you think. We tend to be so caught up in our daily existence, we don't take the time to think about the stars, the planets, the Universe or the spirituality of it all. We should.
The movie was so mysterious but the book really spoon-feeds the plot to you. Watch the movie many times before reading and try to figure it out!
I'm on the road for a substantial portion of the week... May as well listen to something besides mind-numbing music.
I liked the audio version... Kept me engaged.
I liked the foreword quite a bit from Clarke. I like the dawn of human kind to space travel element.
Good variation between humans voices, HAL 9000, intercom speak... Enhanced the listening quite a bit.
HAL in control was alarming.
"Favourite sci-fi book of all time"
Narrator has a captivating voice and is able to project mystery and awe. Book is even better than the film
"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...
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