Contrary to some of the reviews here, I actually quite enjoyed the readers delivery. The narrator voice is flat, true, but the accents and cadences of the speech of actual characters is nicely executed. Great story, very imaginative, stops short of being a Big Dumb Object book. Some cringe worthy misogyny here, though not jaw-dropping as in Niven's Ringworld. One gets the sense that Clarke was trying to be progressive with respect to gender, as there are highly competent women throughout,but the centering of males is unrelenting. Polygamy appears to be common in this world, but Clarke only makes explicit that men enjoy it.
Love listening to the older classic science-fiction. From these books you can tell were modern science fiction and obsession with aliens come from. These are the ones that started it all. Great story , listened to the entire audiobook in two days.
The best of speculative fiction.
Clarke takes us on a journey of questions and a futuristic romp like no other. The mysteries of the universe, even the simplistic notion of man's place in it all compete in this first contact scenario that does so much and yet leaves us, in the wake of well written tales, wanting more - in a good way.
I had to increase the narration speed to 1.5, to be able to tolerate the robot like narration. Then I increased the narration speed to 2.5 to get through the story! I love science fiction but this story was terribly dull and I couldn't have cared less if Rama had torn them all limb from limb. I hung on and listened to the bitter end and was rewarded with an ending that caused me to yell out loud...."WHAT? That's it??" A total was of time. Glad I purchased this book on sale and didn't waste a credit.
If you find yourself falling asleep despite the binding story line turn up the speed of the narration to 1.25 x normal. Unlike other books it actually sounds good for this book...Almost like it was intended to be listened at, at this speed :)
the technology definitions were refreshing. the suspense and adventure were fun. I did have some issues getting orientated.