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2001: A Space Odyssey [Audiobook]

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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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    Niels J. Rasmussen 03-01-15 Member Since 2017

    That idiot from the Canadian electro-post-genre punk band, Uncle Outrage. Hey. How's it going?

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    "So THAT'S What Happened..."
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    This whole novel was actually based off of Clarke's previous short story, "The Monolith", but obviously VASTLY expanded upon.
    As I'm sure is the case with most people, I saw the film 2001: A Space Odyssey BEFORE having the opportunity to read the book.
    Let me tell you - it makes a LOT more content within the movie actually make sense.
    The opening scene of the movie with the apes and the monolith actually spans the first SIX chapters of this book. That should give you an idea of the amount of material left out of the film which fills in the curious plot gaps.

    I don't want to ruin anything by giving more away, but whether you have seen the movie or not, I believe it is your DUTY as a science-fiction fan to read this book. There aren't many modern-day masterpieces anymore, but this would definitely fall under that category.

    PS = Also, do yourself a favor and be sure to check out Arthur C Clarke's library of short stories as well. He is truly a master of the medium.

    9.31 / 10.00

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    Jon Ventura, CA, United States 12-23-11
    Jon Ventura, CA, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2013

    Skeptic

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    "Now I see what Kubric was 'doing' with the ending"

    Excellent Book! For fans of the movie, the book follows it exactly (until end).. but seems to move quicker and with more excitement. You won't be wondering what the hell just happened like the movie.

    -Spoiler-
    Now the ending was great. Actually made sense and kinda reminded me of 'contact' in how the aliens dealt with visitors. It made me wonder why the movie didn't use this storyline..? It would've been great and made sense. The movie ending is one big mess. I see what Kubric was trying to do, but he did it badly. BADLY. I came away with more respect for Clark, and less for Kubric. Clark was a genius and its a shame he didn't write more.(easy for me to say ha) Check out 'Childhoods End' for another Clark masterpiece. 'Rendezvous with Rama' is also good but maybe a tad anti climactic... to say the least.

    Get the Book you won't regret it!

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    Mr. Sagiv Hadaya Bellevue,wa 09-15-16
    Mr. Sagiv Hadaya Bellevue,wa 09-15-16 Member Since 2017

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    "great idea and interesting start but rushed ending"

    story idea is really interesting, and starts well, but feels rushed as it progresses.

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    Norma Collins 04-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Now I understand the movie"

    Great read. It adds so much to the movie back when the year 2001 was myth

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    Esteban 03-01-16
    Esteban 03-01-16
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    "mind blowning experience"

    This fantastic piece of work is a surreal thought provoking journey into the galaxy. Highly recommended for clark and kubrick fans!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-28-15
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-28-15 Member Since 2016

    Rob Thomas

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    "2001: A Space Oddity"

    2001 is an oddity because the The movie didn't follow the book. Arthur Clark and Stanley Kubric worked on the story together in order to make to make a movie and a book. They evolved in tandem up to a point with the movie coming out first. I’ll say a few things about the movie first, as they are relevant if you’ve seen it.

    I remember hearing all the hype and then seeing the movie when I was a kid. The movie was, well, weird and confusing -- so much so that it I found it unsatisfying. I just couldn't get it and I suspect a lot of other people didn't either unless they'd read the book. Someone recently said to me, 'If you read the book the movie will make sense.' Well, I just read it. And, yes, the movie seems to make more sense now. I'm much more satisfied with the book, though. It seems to me now that the movie sacrificed clear storytelling for being oh-so-visually-stunning (read that last phrase in your best Stewie Griffin voice).

    Movie aside, the story in the book is excellent. It struck me as very original (though based on earlier works by the author), which matters to me. What really blew me away though was discovering the book was actually published BEFORE the U.S.reached the moon and yet the description of spaceflight and life in space is so convincing. The plot was quite enjoyable, although I have to admit the tension between Hal and the crew is done better in the movie. "Open the pod bay doors, Hal. I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave." is only uttered in the movie. Still, I get some, but not all, of the interesting bits of the movie now and I'm glad for that.

    If you want to understand the movie somewhat better and enjoy an excellent, old sci-fi story, I highly recommend this book. You even enjoy it more if you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t have its scenes in your head. The narration was excellent, btw.


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    Alfred Beckman Sweden 05-17-17
    Alfred Beckman Sweden 05-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Better then the movie"

    a wonderfully​ performed reading of this movie classic. but being I'ma de the heads of the main characters gives so much more.

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    Timothy Mcsherry 05-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Completes the movie"

    As a fan of the vagueness of the movie, this book really brings it all together, but still leaves some mystery to the story. The mix is a little weird, so I recommend turning your bass down quite a bit.

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    Amazon Customer Grand Prairie, TX, United States 04-15-17
    Amazon Customer Grand Prairie, TX, United States 04-15-17 Member Since 2015

    I was born near Chicago, and moved to Texas 22 years ago. I taught high-school English for probably too many years. Love a good mystery.

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    "One of the best Sci-fi stories."

    The ending was an imaginative mix of science and poetry. Inspiring. Will read all four sequels.

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    H. K. FASS 04-10-17
    H. K. FASS 04-10-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Clarke"

    2001, with a great preface from the author about the movie and working with Kubrick. Really great stuff for either fan. reading 2010 next.

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  • C. J. Huggins
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    3/12/17
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    "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
    2/13/17
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    "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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  • Nathan
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    "Only crime here is audible don't have 2010 come on audible"

    Excellent book if the film confused you here is the key ... amazing for time written ...

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  • somersethedge
    1/2/17
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    "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
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    "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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  • Amazon Customer
    11/9/16
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    "really enjoyed this,"

    really enjoyed this, read the book years ago & wasn't disappointed, great narration and easy to listen to on long drives, pity 2010 not available

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  • Dan
    10/28/16
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    "Doesn't hold up well"

    Having never seen the film or read the book, I was keen to see what made this story special. Unfortunately I was left disappointed. Whilst there are some sections with genuine suspense and tension, for the most part I actually found this audiobook somewhat boring.

    I suspect that I was just a little too late to the party with this one.

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  • Nighteyes
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    10/21/16
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    "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
    8/13/16
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    "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
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    7/4/16
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    "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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