In 3001: The Final Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke brings the greatest and most successful science fiction series of all time to its magnificent, stunningly unforeseen conclusion. As we hurtle toward the new millennium in real time, Clarke brilliantly - daringly - leaps 1,000 years into the future to reveal a truth we are only now capable of comprehending. An epic masterpiece at once dazzlingly imaginative and grounded in scientific actuality, 3001 is a story that only Arthur C. Clarke could tell.
©1998 Arthur C. Clarke (P)2012 Random House Audio
It's really not bad. Scott Brick has become one of my more preferred, American accented narrators. The story itself is amusing to me as I'm a huge fan of 2001, 2010, 2063.
Poor ol' Frank gets taken down a peg or 2 - and that's saying something. He's so blown away by the technology available in this new millennium he finds himself in. I really enjoyed hearing Scott Brick read the bits of the book that referred to 2010. I'm pretty geeky about all that, so it was a pleasure to revisit it. He does a great job.
His easy-sounding, laid back manner lends itself to the realm of the 2001 series. (I just couldn't imagine what could be done with the story itself - they FIND FRANK?? lol - I was gladly mistaken. I should have more faith in one of my favorite authors whose stories have truly touched my life.)
I really recommend this novel and audible version.
Did not see any of this coming. And I loved the whole thing about people from our time wouldn't be able to understand most of what people will be saying 1000 years from now. This is a great ending to a brilliant series.Bravo.
Loved it especially after the mind whirl of the new Star Wars, great storytelling. Wonderful.
Hearing the conclusion to the 2001 series....sort of. It definitely leaves the door wide open for the eventual confrontation with the makers of the monoliths in the year 4001 give or take a century or two. That could potentially be much more interesting than the events in 3001.
It seems that at every major plot point in the book there is a build up, then it skips over to the aftermath. There is almost no real-time description of events. It became very frustrating after a while. There could have been some really interesting stuff in there but it's just jumped over with maybe a brief summary. A majority of the book was Clarke's meticulous description of the technologies of the era, which is great, but the story suffers. I found the footnotes at the end to be much more entertaining than the book itself.
Overall the technology of 1,000 years from now seems a bit dated now. It's a projection of the technology, culture, and happenings of the 1990's into the future. Given the leap in technology in the 20 years following, 3001 doesn't seem to hold up as well as I would have expected. The retro future of 2001 and 2010 where the cold war continued and it's basically the Popular Mechanics future of the 1960's seems to work better.
Bringing back of the characters from the 2001's book
The meeting with Dave
The meeting with Dave
I was hoping that the audio book would take the listener on an Odyssey through the monolith to intergalactic intrigue, not a rehash of our solar system.
Still a lot to learn from the past and future. Innovative treatment of learning and medicine.
How it tied into the previous two novels, and its outlook for the future.
This is the first.
The ending was a might bit confusing and we could have done without the chapters where the author explained (defended) his personal opinions and ideas. As brilliant as he was, I didn't need to know the sources of his ideas, his opinions on a variety of things or the history of the Odyssey series.
Clarke brings the odyssey to a conclusion, although it leaves the destiny of humankind in its own sort of limbo.
The author's detailed explanation of the world to be was lavish and rich, made images appear in one's minds eye as the story unfolded.
Dave has always been the heart of the story, from 2001 to 3001. His care for the human race and its survival even after his bonding with the monolith reminds me of stories of guardians that ensure that our shortcomings do not end our existence
I am not sure that I can say anything that someone has not already said.
I am easily immersed into the story,
I long for more..
"great start and finish,"
great start and finish, intriguing story line, went a little off point in the middle
"The end of the line..."
enjoyed this final installment as much as the others... I find ACC's writing agrees with me.
"a fine classic science fiction story I loved it"
a fine classic science fiction story by my favourite author I loved it and wish it had not finished.
"I love this story"
Arthur you are a legend. RIP while your legacy lives on. great book, one of the all time greats.
"An excellent epilogue to the Odyssey series"
From one of the great masters of hard Science Fiction, this is the last book of his Odyssey series. Starting with Odyssey 2001, a project created together with Stanley Kubrick as a basis of the same titled film, Clarke created a multiverse of mankind's possible future in a Cosmos that we are not alone.
A notable scientist himself, Clarke does not fail to maintain the feeling of plausibility when inserting imagined technical advances to his storyline; at the same time he manages to show the interactions of humans who still retain many of the character traits we have today while clearly affected by the changes in human mentality he imagines to have occurred in the future.
Thoroughly enjoyable even as a standalone book but even more so as a conclusion to the entire series.
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