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Publisher's Summary

It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

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

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great book

the visual explanations given in this book are awe inspiring. if you don't like the nitty gritty details though, you might now like this book.

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surprisingly well done

Excellent narration. Each character has a voice. Within the vast framework of the stars, and the infinite depth of night, may these circling megatons not land here!

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Good and thought provoking

Great story telling but the story itself is a bit confusing at the end. It gives you something to think about and maybe it's written as to be read at least twice :-)

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fills in where the movie falls short

the book covered areas where the movie left the audience wondering what was going on.

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none of these chapters line up

no chapters line up with the actual spoken chapters. chapter 7 starts with chapter 21

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Proof: the movie is sometimes better than the book

Goes only slightly further than the movie in explaining this excellent story.
Save the time by watching the film.

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Brilliant

Thankful to been able to listen to this book. I have seen the movie many times, the book, though the same, is uniquely different and thoughtfully engaging.

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Classic Sci-Fi

Classic science fiction Arthur C. Clarke style, captivating and ingenious story with excellent professional narrator

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Cardboard (white, male) characters

What was most disappointing about Arthur C. Clarke’s story?

One of those books and movies that you hear about for so long and are so part of the culture that you feel like you know it even if you don't. Then you decide to finally sit down and read it (listen to it) and...this? The original Star Trek had more diversity--and allowed that women might aspire to space careers other than stewardess. <br/><br/>After we leave the man-apes of Africa and enter the late 20th century, all of characters are completely interchangeable. It doesn't even feel right to call them characters. They are characters like the characters in a Richard Scarry book. Floyd, Dave, Frank and even HAL--pretty much the same. Except for the ladies, who distinguish themselves by being space waitresses. <br/><br/>The plot is similarly wafer thin and narrated as a series of barely connected and mostly boring events. "Here is a thing that happened. Now here is another thing that happened" is the alpha and omega of Clarke's narrative finesse.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

HAL was suitably creepy and the performance was fine--there's just a limit to what you can do with this source material.

Any additional comments?

In some ways it's kind of refreshing to think that 2001 in real life was more advanced in diversity than it was envisioned by Clarke (and Kubrick). But man was this book hard to choke down.

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Great Space Sci-Fi

Where does 2001 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the true classic sci-fi novels, I think this is one of the many worth reading. The performance in this reader is fantastic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 2001?

HAL 9000

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

His Voice is perfect, I can listen to this at work and while i sleep

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

See Kubrick's Version

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  • Villordsutch
  • 04-22-17

Brilliant.

This delivery of 2001 is rather excellent. It starts off just fantastically with the opening words and recollection of the genesis of 2001 being given by Arthur C. Clarke himself, then we're into the story.

Dick Hill does a magnificent job in delivering one of my favourite pieces of science-fiction to the Audiobook Universe. Along with this the producer of the book brought in the rather clever move of slightly altering Dick's voice throughout - the reading - when needed. This plays extremely well for the moments which include HAL.

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  • Heisenberg
  • 03-12-17

Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do.

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One of the all time classics of science fiction. This is my second favourite Arthur C Clarke novel, after Rendezvous with Rama, and I have read the book version many times, so I was a little worried the audio version might disappoint. It didn't. it was wonderfully read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • PL
  • 02-13-17

Brilliant

Cool story. Imagine reading it in the 60's! Stands up in the modern world as a great scifi book.

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  • somersethedge
  • 01-02-17

Watch the film

Watch the film it will make much more sense than the book. The only good bit of the book is the start

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  • JACQUI BROWN
  • 11-28-16

Don't bother wasting your money

Very robotic and mechanical sounding voice. Totally ruined any pleasure from listening to what should be, a fabulous story.

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  • Nighteyes
  • 10-21-16

Incredible!

I had never read this book or seen the movie before, what an incredible, timeless classic that is so on point, it could have been written yesterday!

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  • Samuel S-D
  • 08-13-16

Legendary

A truly inspirational classic, I'd never gotten the chance to read this book before. I've hardly gotten the chance to see the film. It's already got me enthralled by the end of chapter 1 and although I can see immediately where the plot is heading (an omnipotent and omniscient ancient alien species), it still maintains a great deal of mystery.

Although the performance can be a bit of a drag at times, I feel it's beyond a passable delivery. Strongly recommended for Sci fi fans and those wanting to dabble a little in the genre; start with one of the greats.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-16

Enjoyable.

Really enjoyed the film so downloaded the audiobook as I was confused by the films ending. The audio book was clearer.

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  • Linda
  • 06-22-16

For anyone who never really understood the film

We did of course all adore 2001 when it reached our cinemas - although strangely no one seems to have understood it as well as the 7 year old nephew I took with me. I would agree with other reviews that this version gives a far better/deeper explanation of the things we could not understand about the film. The intro from Arthur C Clarke I also found extremely interesting, I had not realised that the book and film were created in parallel. Well read and definitely worth listening to - and I had not realised that there were further books in this series. I have just read 2010 (shamefully not on kindle or audio) and now going on to the next.

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  • david h
  • 05-02-16

Great but please release 2010!.

Thought it was a great book with good visualization. Need the second book released before I can purchase the others though :/