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Publisher's Summary

Arthur C. Clark, creator of one of the world's best-loved science-fiction tales, revisits the most famous future ever imagined in this New York Times best seller, as two expeditions into space become inextricably tangled.

Heywood Floyd, survivor of two previous encounters with the mysterious monloiths, must again confront Dave Bowman, HAL, and an alien race that has decided that Mankind is to play a part in the evolution of the galaxy - whether it wishes to or not.

©2012 Arthur C. Clarke (P)2012 Random House Audio

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This guy is just phenomenal!

I read this book out of sequence - the last - because I didn't have it.
And it stands on its own.

Imaginative but based on real science. It takes it beyond into science fiction,
but the planetary and physical science of "what if" is what you see on Discovery and Science channels every day.

Superb!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Great Story with one BIG Problem

If you could sum up 2061: Odyssey Three in three words, what would they be?

Where is 2010?

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It is a great Series, but it really leaves a great big Gaping hole when you leave out the second book of the series! I find that to be a shame. It leaves so many un-answered questions when you go on to the third book in series! How can you do that?This makes for a very big disappointment...

23 of 29 people found this review helpful

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My favorite Odyssey

If you could sum up 2061: Odyssey Three in three words, what would they be?

I really enjoyed Odyssey three, with Heywood Floyd being one of my favorite characters from 2010. Having a chance to follow him on another adventure was a real pleasure.

Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Scott Brick is a hard narrator for me to follow. His reading style, in all the books he has read, always have this beaten-down-give-up-on-life tone to them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Hmm. It is such a good story that even Scott Brick's depressive, sigh infused tone, can't bring it down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Each one keeps getting better!

Where does 2061: Odyssey Three rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not the best, but certainly high up there.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Steady flow and passionate reading.

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

Europa Rising

Any additional comments?

Dick Hill would have been a better reader for this, based on 2001: A Space Odyssey

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  • David
  • Halifax, NS, Canada
  • 03-26-15

Perfectly OK

"2061" is a perfectly decent space thriller. The trouble is, one expects more than that. After all, it's a sequel to "2001" and "2010", two of the most brilliant and mind-expanding classics of epic sci-fi ever written. As a result, it feels a lot flatter and more disappointing than it should. The best way to experience it is to forget about its illustrious forbears and just enjoy it as a mildly diverting space thriller.

It has the usual Clarke failings: cardboard characters and clunky exposition. And this is an old man's novel; it's mostly about amiable old codgers puttering around and dispensing wry comments. Even when the action starts, every character responds to terrifying situations with wry humour, which gets a bit irksome after a while. Everyone's. So. Damn. Wry.

But the journey to Halley's Comet is interesting (and if you've seen the real-life photographs of comet 67P from the Rosetta probe you'll find Clarke's descriptions of a cometary surface remarkably accurate). The exploration of the revitalized Jovian moons, springing to life beneath their new sun, is fascinating. The mystery of Mt Zeus is intriguing and has a great payoff. And the last few chapters suddenly acquire the level of magisterial profundity that the Odyssey series ought to have, and might even bring a tingle to the spine.

Scott Brick is a solid narrator. I'm not convinced by his handling of the South African characters. But he captures the wryness perfectly.

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Great story

I will certainly be listening to this book again it flows a little funny however he builds to a great finale.

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Scott Brick Could Read Me the Bible

What did you love best about 2061: Odyssey Three?

Excellent hard science fiction

What did you like best about this story?

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I will often listen to books I normally would never consider when I see that Scott Brick is narrarating. He has the best inflection and narraration skills. He could literally read me the Bible - and I’m an atheist!

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Any additional comments?

<br/>There is a gap between 2001 and this book - almost assuming one has watched the movie 2010.. not sure if that was the intention or order in which they were produced but that is how it seemed.

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Fantastic science fiction!

Great book, and great third book in Clarke's series. I recommend this book for sure!

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flows smoothly and harkens the intelligence

solid performance from start to finish with great readability again and again....now was there a 4th?

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The Monolith and Europa

Some insight into why we aren't supposed to land on Europa. The monolith comes to life.

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  • Stephen
  • 12-11-14

great story

loved it wish 2010 was available needed that too complete the series, of Odyssey not available on Audible

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  • Bill
  • 10-22-17

A true man of science writing sci-fi, awesome!

Loved it, doesn't matter if you've read (or listened) 2001 & 2010 this book works as a story on its own or the 3rd book of the four book odysseys.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-16

can't wait to start 3001, pity 2010 not available

really enjoyed this audio book, pity 2010 not available for purchase. love the interplay of science and believable sci fi

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  • Gordon
  • 10-26-16

interesting.

Good to listen to. Makes you wonder how much thats been written has come true

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  • Yankel
  • 05-27-16

Clarke's magnificence shines like the stars.

Scott Brick does justice to a remarkable parallel continuation of the Odyssey series. 3001 beckons.

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  • A. Beaumont-Baker
  • 03-14-15

Some interesting ideas

Not as good as 2001 of course but just enough intrigue about the Europans to make me listen for a third time. As always, ACC provides a few interesting stories and ideas for future technology.

Not my favourite narrator but not the worst either