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
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.
Yes. Fills in the details not covered well in the movie.
The foreword spoken by Arthur C Clark
Pleasant tone and lots of expression
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That it was unbiased and simple.
When are they going to do all the rest of the books in audio form?
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