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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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    Amos 11-04-16
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    "Absolutely fantastic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 2001 to be better than the print version?

    No. Although the narration was solid throughout the book. The actor does not have many voices. One part of the book that stands out in a negative way was the scene where David Bowman unplugs HAL 9000. In the movie, this scene was heavily emotional and dramatic. It made the robot seem almost human. In this audiobook however, the narrator acts out the scene in a very straight forward fashion, without any emotion. And makes HAL 9000 sound exactly like what it is; a robot. The print version would have allowed me to dramatise the scene as I thought was appropriate.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David Bowman. Quite obviously.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I suppose it would have to be the scene where Bowman unplugs HAL 9000. Although the entire segment where Bowman enters the artefact object and experiences this strange, new universe, with all its alien landscapes and visuals was outstanding.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The end left me very confused but also amazed. Speechless in a way.


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    Z. Heflin texas 11-04-16
    Z. Heflin texas 11-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "aliens are real dawg"

    Holy shit man I had a dream about this and now I read it and I know for sure! I'm a starchild mother fucker

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    JB 10-14-16
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    "Great story, creepy HAL 9000"

    This sure filled in a lot of the gaps in 2001 the movie. Wow, that makes more sense now.
    The reader's voice for HAL was almost exactly like that in the movie... very creepy.
    The end felt very accelerated, but I suppose this was essentially a movie screenplay.

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    Daniel 08-13-16
    Daniel 08-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Astounding"

    It is astounding to me how accurately Clarke detailed the solar system in the mid '60s. I find it funny that the most glaring error in his prediction of the future is that the US cooperates with Soviets on building the space station rather than with Russia. Amazing story. Beautiful imagination of the future. Detailed scientific knowledge of the cosmos.

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    Jean xenia, OH, United States 06-29-16
    Jean xenia, OH, United States 06-29-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Great series makes science fun!
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    Excellent and compelling. not a good time to be forced to write a review. Audible marketing becoming oppressive :(

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    subtitles 06-23-16
    subtitles 06-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Distinct Clarke Style"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Hmm. This is strictly a matter of taste, but I am not a big fan of massive exposition.

    2001, and Rendezvous are more that style - where as 2061 & 3001 are more story driven then exposition driven.


    If you’ve listened to books by Arthur C. Clarke before, how does this one compare?

    I never read Arthur C. Clarke, aside from 3001 in 1998. I felt it was a good thing to encounter his early works now, later in life, rather then earlier.

    That said, I enjoyed Childhood's End more. Not because it was better, but that I am more drawn to the mystery that Childhood's End offered. I feel the same about 2010 - because it is more about discovering What Happened over What is Happening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the short biography that played after the audiobook concluded. How the movie came before the book, but that the book had to come before the movie would be made.


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    Ben 06-03-16
    Ben 06-03-16
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    "Film makes much more sense now!"

    The foreword in the beginning by Arthur C. Clarke is fascinating! I didn't think I would want to continue the series but the ending made me wonder what would happen next.

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    "You will love it!"

    This is a must read for science fiction fans! The narrative speaks to the reader/listener on deep levels, which is what science fiction at its best does.

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    Troy 05-28-16
    Troy 05-28-16

    "To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” -- Somerset Maugham

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    "Still Great After All These Years"
    What other book might you compare 2001 to and why?

    I've read a lot of "first contact" books, most written well after this one. I don't know that there are any better ones out there, though Clarke himself wrote two other good ones: Childhood's End and Rendezvous with Rama. Both of those are great and feel different than 2001. I still love Solaris, Ender's Game, and War of the Worlds. And one of my recent favorites was Embassytown by China Mieville. But honestly, I think this book would be a great one to compare and contrast with my favorite SF read of 2013, Roadside Picnic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was. The chapters are short, each one has a specific focus that is different from the last, and Clarke is smart enough to skip past uninteresting events. It is a very tight, well-written novel!


    Any additional comments?

    I read this decades ago and was surprised at how well it holds up. Despite the fact that this book was written before the first moon landing, a lot of the scientific speculation still feels relevant. Actually, it may be MORE relevant now than it was then. (Speculation about AI for instance.)

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    Tyler 05-17-16
    Tyler 05-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Sci fi"

    The science fiction primer. It does get a little strange near the end, but when dealing with such huge scales I don't think there's a way to avoid it.

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    2/5/13
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    "Fantastic Sci-Fi"

    Without doubt one of the best sci-fi stories of all time, well Narrated by Dick Hill

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  • Catherine
    Woking, United Kingdom
    12/23/11
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    "All the thrills you need.."

    No matter how well you think you know the story, there's always a little bit that is hidden... Very well read by Dick Hill... true enjoyment.

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    "Masterpiece!!!"

    The best film and book of all time!

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    "Better than the film."
    What did you like most about 2001?

    Although 2001 is one of my favourite movies, I think the book engages the interest slightly more and you get a real sense of the enormity of space.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably HAL. Such a cold, calm and collected computer!


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    It was very calming and not too emotional.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I think I did while I was cleaning the house!


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  • A. Beaumont-Baker
    Hull, UK
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    "Favourite sci-fi book of all time"

    Narrator has a captivating voice and is able to project mystery and awe. Book is even better than the film

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  • Psteve
    North Wales
    3/4/13
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    "Sooooo much better than the film"

    The commentary by Arthur Clarke made me seriously regret buying this. However, fast forwarding onto the start of the novel and things got a lot better. The narration is done very well and it was great to finally hear all the bits that the film missed out. Not that I still fully understand the ending...

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