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'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.
It was quite fun
Rendezvous with Rama, obviously the same author, so the many of the same kind of elements exist in both. minimal character development, and maximum space. I'm ok with this.
HAL, great voice and tone.
Sadly, Clarkes writing can get tedious. so no. Breaks are needed.
First time listening/reading this book. I have seen the movie multiple times over the years and can say the book was superior. I had never known that Kubrick and Clarke were collaborating for the movie while he was writing the novel. It shows in the both executions.
Las Cruces runner with a 2hr work commute everyday.
Have not read the print version.
Fantastic book. I look forward to watching the movie and reading the sequels.
I listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & are hopefully helpful to you as well.
I wish I had the same admiration for this as others, but I was a bit bored. Book was deep and well written, but I just didn't find it interesting. I never saw the movie. If I had, maybe my appreciation of the book would be different. I understand this broke new ground for sci-fi literature, so I give it credit for that, but it's not a book I'd ever want to read again or read a sequel.
The story is all over the place. From prehistoric times to well into the future. It ended in a nonsensical anti-climactic borefest.
No, but probably won't pursue any other books by Arthur C. Clarke.
Huge disappointment and confusion.
I'm as much a Geek as the next guy, so it always struck me very odd, that 2001 is such a big part of geek culture and I just don't get why - I never liked it. Bad storytelling, boring story to begin with and most of the time, nothing at all happens.
The book sure does a better job than the movie in explaining what's going on, but in itself I find it just an OK but rather boring story.
I read The Martian just before this, and was expecting something that would be more along those lines - dealing more with reality than fantastical events. This book started out very interesting, but I just didn't like the second half. Not a very captivating story.
I am amazed at how differently I view this story now that I've read the book. Mr. Clarke's depth and detail and richness of content genuinely shed new light on characters I had held in a murky regard for most of my life. I think it's hilarious that some criticized this book is having too many details, too much description. To me it was very necessary to understand what a magnificent film Kubrick and he had created.
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