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
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.
I saw the movie and only just read the book. The book makes sense while the movie didn't so much. The author and the narration style matches well. I plan to get the rest of the books as well.
I saw the movie when I was much younger, back in the early days of Reagan. It wasn't until recently, after exhausting Heinlein's inconsistently brilliant treasure-trove of stagnated pubescence, that I moved on to the next author in the Big Three: Arthur C. Clarke. Brilliant is an understatement.
The writing, the performance--all of it, superb and deeply satisfying. One of the best titles I have in my library. After experiencing 2001, it is easy to see how many other authors have been influenced and have drawn from this title.
The preface is read by Arthur C. Clarke, which is a treat all by itself.
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I am a fan of science fiction. And I know I have seen 2001 at least twice. But I did not really remember much about it outside of the main story and the beautiful space shots. So when it was the Kindle Daily Deal last week I picked up the kindle version. And since the audiobook was discounted to $1.99 with purchase of the kindle book I picked that up as well and alternated between reading on kindle and listening to the audiobook.
(If you have a kindle and like audiobooks you really should try whyspersync. It is Amazon’s ability for you to move seamlessly between your kindle and audible.com audiobook without losing your place. I have started using it quite a bit.)
This edition of the book opens with an introduction by Arthur C Clarke. He read the introduction in 2000 (when he was 82 and 8 years before he died.) In audio, it is actually him reading the introduction and his age is evident. I had no idea that the book and the movie were written together at the same time. Clarke and Kubrick made changes to each in order to incorporate elements from one into the other. But there are differences and I will go back and watch the movie soon.
It is always interesting reading historical books about the future. There are always accurate assumptions, but so much is also wrong. The flight to the moon at the beginning of the book shows the sexism of the times with a young female flight attendant. And in the description of the moon base it talks about the expense of having 8 different options of images of Earth that you could put in your apartment’s “window”. Clarke couldn’t conceive of the ability of digital storage being so cheap that unlimited image storage would be possible.
Once I finished the book I am pretty sure I never watched (or read) 2010 or 3001. I need to pick those up.
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.
I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
The narrator does an excellent job and the story is written by one of the greatest SF writers ever. Great combination.
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.
Well HAL is simply fantastic, your its spine tingling when he narrates the key pionts of HAL's disconnection. Just great.
The ending is uplifting and foreboding at the same time, a classic in SF and literature for that matter.
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.
This will be in my top ten rotation of audio books I listen to every year.
HAL of course.
The reading was well done and the forward by Clarke is good stuff. I was not disappointed.
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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