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2001: A Space Odyssey

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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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    Amazon Customer 06-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great audio, incredible story!"

    The audiobook was amazing! It improved my experience and my immersion in the story. Just loved to read and to listen to it.
    The story is a classic and it deserves to be. However, I struggled a bit at the end. Maybe it was too creative for my too logical brain.

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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 2017
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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
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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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    Jacob 04-06-17
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    "Perfectly voiced!"

    This was great! the narration was superb! The accents and cadence of all the characters was just as I'd expected them to be. Bravo!

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    Kevin Thomas Dillon 03-31-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The classic, and explains..."

    ... that which can only be inferred by the movie. But does not replace the movie. They are supplemental to each other.

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    O.Z. 03-29-17
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    "Excellent! Much better than the movie. "

    Excellent! Much better than the movie. very well written and strangely relevant to this day in age.

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    Ian Trimble 03-25-17
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    "Spectacular"

    The film finally makes sense.
    After reading this book, Kubrik's masterpiece can be seen in a whole new light. This should be required reading for anyone who watches the film.

    This also explains Hal's intentions and shines hum in a whole new light. Overall,this book stratifies Arthur C. Clark as one of the greatest authors in recent times.

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  • Linda
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    6/22/16
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    "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
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    "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 :/

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  • Mutant Monkey
    Hastings, East Sussex. U.K.
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    "Not as I remembered it"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was one of the first grown up books I read. I really enjoyed it with my dried sponge of a brain soaking up new ideas and philosophies. It was time well spent then but I am not so sure it was now.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    My main issue is the cold, unempathetic way the story is written. It is as if Mr Clarke is trying to impress us how clever he is rather than telling a tale that grips and inspires you.


    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance might you have changed?

    Read in a slow rather monotonous tone is not actually bad. It's almost as if HAL is telling the story. But it doesn't sell the story which is really needed here.


    Did 2001 inspire you to do anything?

    Yes it made me watch the film again which I believe to be far better. Kubrick gives character to the story which Clarke failed to do.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like a story with an autistic feel then this is a book for you. If you enjoy a story to have feel and emotion look elsewhere.

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  • Steven Weller
    3/16/16
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    "Great telling of a great book"

    Much better story wise than the movie. Only issue was Dick Hill sounded like he was talking with cotton balls in his mouth, not sure if that's him or just the recording. Otherwise recommended and can't wait for someone to do 2010

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  • Charles Lyall
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    2/13/16
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    "Science Fiction Classic !"

    A Classic of the genre, Arthur C Clarke combines a visionary combination of scientific speculation with poetic sensibilities.

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  • John
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    9/20/15
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    "one of the best books ever written"

    what can I say. this is a classic book. legendary.. never get tired of Clarkey

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  • Mr. P. D. Brocklehurst
    9/17/15
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    "A good novel an EXTRAORDINARY cinematic experience"
    What did you like best about 2001? What did you like least?

    I'd say that Arthur C. Clarke's forte lies in his great talent in writing 'hard' science fiction so if like me you are a stickler for believable descriptions of space travel & futurology in general I'd say no one is better. Yes he may have missed the mark here or there -most notably by over estimating our technological achievements by the year 2001 but his 'hits' more than make up for these shortcomings & makes this novel far more of a success than a failure.

    Very few authors have envisaged space travel as accurately as Clarke has -in fact arguably none have. He actually predicted the existence of the communication satellite well in advance of the real thing, a skill which not many other SF authors can boast. In the fullness of time he may well prove to be right about one or two other predictions he's made.


    What did you like best about this story?

    On first appearances, 2001 A Space Odyssey seems to be about an journey into outer space but in truth it's every bit as much about a journey through inner space i.e. the evolution of consciousness: From animal > human > computer > universal consciousness. This theme doesn't come across as vividly as it does in the film, in fact it's not entirely obvious in the film version upon first viewing but it becomes more apparent on subsequent viewings. This theme is within the subtext of the novel but isn't spelled out.


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

    Dick Hill does a good job of narrating Clarke's novel but once you've seen the film it's hard not to compare the cinematic performance of HAL with his own interpretation. That's not really a criticism of Hill - he has an impossible task here as the script in the film is noticeably superior to Clarke's dialogue so it's unfair to judge his interpretation as inferior.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Oh yes! As a matter of fact I've watched 2001 many many times because every time I see it another dimension of the story becomes apparent. I'm flabbergasted by two reviews of this novel claiming the book is better than the film. I can only say one thing to this: It is not. Not by a long shot. I think the reason for this is because Stanley Kubrick added a very substantial degree of depth to the story which simply doesn't exist in the book which pales by comparison. Clarke fails to convey the deeply mysterious atmosphere (or rather lack of it!) conveyed in the film's extravagant juxtaposition of silence & music. Kubrick understood that less is more & in my opinion created not only the greatest SF film ever made but one of the most astounding works of cinema ever made. I'd go as far as to say I've never seen a film succeed at conveying the awe & beauty of space as convincingly as 2001 does. Nothing comes even close to Kubrick's masterpiece & I can't imagine that anything ever will without seeming like a pale comparison to his blueprint. 'Interstellar' attempted to steal the crown but ended up looking like a pretentious parody instead.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't seen the 2001 film & are considering reading the book DON'T because you'll regret it. It's not that Clarke wrote a poor novel - he didn't. It's definitely a compelling enough tale but the book suffers from too much detail where as the added 'space' (no pun intended) applied to the screen version makes Clarke's story really blossom like no other Science Fiction tale ever had before or since. If you possibly can see it at the cinema or failing that, on a widescreen television in a cold pitch black room.

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  • mark
    9/5/15
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    "Amazing"

    Over 40yrs on this is still an outstanding epic, the quality of story and thought provoking themes are as relevant today if not more so.

    I've read the books a couple of times but really enjoyed this audio version to the point that I've just stood in my kitchen for the last 40 minutes listening to it, and just ordered the blu-ray.

    Loved it! Audible, get 2010 on here next please.

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  • Steve
    SE England
    4/20/14
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    "The best way to start the Odyssey"
    Any additional comments?

    As with an earlier reviewer - the audio version provides a clearest way to start the classic journey. It all seems to make sense now - a classic.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Rossendale, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Sentinel"

    A classic tie in to the movie. A cautionary tale of AI gone mad and ET managing the growth in intelligence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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