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In 3001: The Final Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke brings the greatest and most successful science fiction series of all time to its magnificent, stunningly unforeseen conclusion. As we hurtle toward the new millennium in real time, Clarke brilliantly - daringly - leaps 1,000 years into the future to reveal a truth we are only now capable of comprehending. An epic masterpiece at once dazzlingly imaginative and grounded in scientific actuality, 3001 is a story that only Arthur C. Clarke could tell.

©1998 Arthur C. Clarke (P)2012 Random House Audio

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Poor ol' Frank

Where does 3001 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's really not bad. Scott Brick has become one of my more preferred, American accented narrators. The story itself is amusing to me as I'm a huge fan of 2001, 2010, 2063.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 3001?

Poor ol' Frank gets taken down a peg or 2 - and that's saying something. He's so blown away by the technology available in this new millennium he finds himself in. I really enjoyed hearing Scott Brick read the bits of the book that referred to 2010. I'm pretty geeky about all that, so it was a pleasure to revisit it. He does a great job.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His easy-sounding, laid back manner lends itself to the realm of the 2001 series. (I just couldn't imagine what could be done with the story itself - they FIND FRANK?? lol - I was gladly mistaken. I should have more faith in one of my favorite authors whose stories have truly touched my life.)

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I really recommend this novel and audible version.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Fmailiar Characters, no action

What made the experience of listening to 3001 the most enjoyable?

Hearing the conclusion to the 2001 series....sort of. It definitely leaves the door wide open for the eventual confrontation with the makers of the monoliths in the year 4001 give or take a century or two. That could potentially be much more interesting than the events in 3001.

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It seems that at every major plot point in the book there is a build up, then it skips over to the aftermath. There is almost no real-time description of events. It became very frustrating after a while. There could have been some really interesting stuff in there but it's just jumped over with maybe a brief summary. A majority of the book was Clarke's meticulous description of the technologies of the era, which is great, but the story suffers. I found the footnotes at the end to be much more entertaining than the book itself.<br/><br/>Overall the technology of 1,000 years from now seems a bit dated now. It's a projection of the technology, culture, and happenings of the 1990's into the future. Given the leap in technology in the 20 years following, 3001 doesn't seem to hold up as well as I would have expected. The retro future of 2001 and 2010 where the cold war continued and it's basically the Popular Mechanics future of the 1960's seems to work better.

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Clarke Was Brilliant

Did not see any of this coming. And I loved the whole thing about people from our time wouldn't be able to understand most of what people will be saying 1000 years from now. This is a great ending to a brilliant series.Bravo.

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Love AC Clark, old school and great.

Loved it especially after the mind whirl of the new Star Wars, great storytelling. Wonderful.

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Not much of an Odyssey

What did you love best about 3001?

Bringing back of the characters from the 2001's book

What was one of the most memorable moments of 3001?

The meeting with Dave

Which scene was your favorite?

The meeting with Dave

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

No

Any additional comments?

I was hoping that the audio book would take the listener on an Odyssey through the monolith to intergalactic intrigue, not a rehash of our solar system.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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3000 and Wonderful

What did you love best about 3001?

Still a lot to learn from the past and future. Innovative treatment of learning and medicine.

What did you like best about this story?

How it tied into the previous two novels, and its outlook for the future.

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

This is the first.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Science Fiction

This is an excellent reading of a masterful close to "The Odyssey Series." Well done.

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Arthur c Clark storyteller inventor writer thinker

The imagination of Arthur is exemplary his use of historical facts and his insight into the future is first rate I can only hope that even a fraction of his future will fact

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The story was interesting, but

The ending was a might bit confusing and we could have done without the chapters where the author explained (defended) his personal opinions and ideas. As brilliant as he was, I didn't need to know the sources of his ideas, his opinions on a variety of things or the history of the Odyssey series.

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Space Odyssey Concludes

Clarke brings the odyssey to a conclusion, although it leaves the destiny of humankind in its own sort of limbo.

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  • 05-06-17

OK, Not Great

What did you like best about 3001? What did you like least?

I liked the idea of completing the set of these Clarke stories, having listened to the other three.<br/><br/>This book is OK, but in the main is just description of supposed life in 3001, with a minor plot tacked on. I felt it was not one of Clarke's best.

Has 3001 put you off other books in this genre?

No.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Scott Brick is always a reliable reader with very few mistakes made.

Could you see 3001 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No, the plot is too thin.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-16

great start and finish,

great start and finish, intriguing story line, went a little off point in the middle

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  • jane george
  • 01-19-16

a fine classic science fiction story I loved it

a fine classic science fiction story by my favourite author I loved it and wish it had not finished.

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  • John
  • 09-20-15

I love this story

Arthur you are a legend. RIP while your legacy lives on. great book, one of the all time greats.

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  • Ioannis
  • 08-20-15

An excellent epilogue to the Odyssey series

From one of the great masters of hard Science Fiction, this is the last book of his Odyssey series. Starting with Odyssey 2001, a project created together with Stanley Kubrick as a basis of the same titled film, Clarke created a multiverse of mankind's possible future in a Cosmos that we are not alone.

A notable scientist himself, Clarke does not fail to maintain the feeling of plausibility when inserting imagined technical advances to his storyline; at the same time he manages to show the interactions of humans who still retain many of the character traits we have today while clearly affected by the changes in human mentality he imagines to have occurred in the future.

Thoroughly enjoyable even as a standalone book but even more so as a conclusion to the entire series.

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  • 08-17-16

The end of the line...

enjoyed this final installment as much as the others... I find ACC's writing agrees with me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful