The book was shorter than I expected it to be, otherwise it was a fantastic listen. The characters' accents were a bit funny, but the narration of HAL made up for any shortcomings. As always, the book went into decadent detail that the movie left out (not to say the movie was not a cinematic masterpiece); it creates a different illustration of its near-future landscape. It was a fun tale about the origin of man, it's present evolution, and its musings about transcendence. All of the key elements in the story reflect our society today, making it a must-read for anyone living today, and for those in our future.