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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (73,011 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur C. Clarke Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Collings | 2/11/2014

    " A very enjoyable read, even after many other authors have explored similar themes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Burrill | 2/10/2014

    " The easily readable sci-fi great was a brilliant introduction to Arthur C Clarke for me. It filled in the blanks that had been left from the film, but not only that, I saw Clarke's vision and his inescapable wisdom and wit. A truly fantastic book which I hope to introduce to my son soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckinley | 2/8/2014

    " More detailed than movie. So some parts more interesting - start and end mostly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Dalton | 2/5/2014

    " It was certainly interesting, but I agree with many other reviewers that it is mostly famous because of the impact that the movie had on special effects history. The book read quite slowly, and the immense detail often felt unhelpful and mostly contributed to the lagging pace. Some may like this book, but despite my love for science fiction, I have concluded that Arthur C. Clarke books aren't for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linak | 1/22/2014

    " my favourite book of all times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lladroluv | 1/16/2014

    " Never saw the movie but with all the hype, I found it lacking. Probably cause this is a classic & so many other books have incorporated alot of this into their own works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T | 1/13/2014

    " Kills the movie in every aspect. Read this and skip the film. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cam | 1/12/2014

    " good... nuff said "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martianz | 1/5/2014

    " Alto viaje. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naterpotaters | 12/1/2013

    " just watch the movie, no seriously "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrewcharles420 | 11/27/2013

    " Really appreciated reading the opening scenes of the book (as compared to seeing them in the movie). Very interesting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 10/26/2013

    " Found this book fairly riveting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 9/3/2013

    " Loved the movie and loved the book! The movie is a bit more abstract, the book a bit more detailed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zack | 4/24/2013

    " As thought-provoking as its visual companion, and almost as formally innovative. This book is a treasure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chathura | 3/12/2013

    " this goes beyond the normal science fiction .although Clarke's vision of the future was not fully realized as rapidly as he expected.the content of this tale will inspire countless future generation to explore the cosmos.one of the best book in the space odyssey series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 2/28/2013

    " HAL rocks, and I vote Dave as my co-pilot. The book moves faster than the film, but the film... is just so different its classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tazzypumpkin | 2/9/2013

    " I've loved this movie since the first time I saw it, but until I read this book I was never able to figure out the the ending. I had put off reading this book for a while, fearing it would ruin the movie experience, but am glad now that I've read the book and plan to read the rest in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa James | 4/27/2012

    " I found this one really tough going. I am not a technology person, & I found Hal to be a very creepy computer. The story was disjointed, & I didn't get the movie any more than I did the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Man Solo | 12/29/2011

    " It's 2012 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 6/19/2011

    " At the time I read it, it really affected me. One of the best books I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lebo | 6/18/2011

    " This series makes me wonder probably like the author as to whether seemingly unnatural and unexplained events if any ever occured and which inspired religion were simply interstellar interventions by forms ahead of us down the evolutionary path and who are masters of the experiment we may be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 6/17/2011

    " One of the best books that I've ever read. Simple, straightforward, entertaining and thought-provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clayton | 6/6/2011

    " Classic Science fiction by the master! The foreward presented by Arthur C Clarke described the circumstances of the novel and how Stanley Kubrick was instrumental in the direction of the storyline. Great stuff these old timers ..... back from the days of classic scifi!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 6/6/2011

    " This is the book that made me realize that I like science fiction. I read it all in one go on the porch when I was 11. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 6/1/2011

    " Not easy reading for a 12-year-old, but I was a 12-year-old geek. Okay, that was decades ago and I still like it. Very well thought out, despite it's dated title. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dustin | 5/28/2011

    " There is a reason that this is a timeless classic. No more to be said. If you haven't read it yet, do so, and you'll understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/28/2011

    " The movie makes way more sense after reading this... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paraskevi | 5/26/2011

    " Okay, this was a good read. I have seen the film, but the film was a bit boring.

    The ending is great. And just for the monolith adn the ending this gets 4 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/18/2011

    " An after-the-movie novel based on the screenplay. Clarke's short story "The Sentinel" was the inspiration for the movie. This book explains what the heck was going on for those of us who didn't
    get all of it. Especially at the end. "

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About the Author
Author Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke (1917–2008) wrote the novel and coauthored the screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was knighted by the British monarchy and is the only science fiction writer to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. His fiction and nonfiction have sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide. 

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.