Will Listen Again!
The introduction was unexpected as I only picked up the book based on the summary and didn't know there was one. It did provide some nice information, but was not really needed.
Unlike many others, I thought Peter Ganim's narration was good for this novel. Not knowing the exact way the text and punctuation is laid out in the book, I have to trust that the pauses were what Clarke intended. However, some did seem a bit too long, but did not distract me from an enjoyable novel.
This is however after coming off a book where I thought the narrator used a tone of voice trying to make the whole book I previously listened to sound dramatic by drawing out her words.
I plan to listen to this again, heck, I almost want to do so right now, but there are so many more books to enjoy. Only other thing is to hope that they will get the next 3 books added to the site.
Written in 1973?!?! Wow, what's visionary Clarke is. I read the story as a kid, but appreciated it even more this time around. Great details made everything come to life.
Only negative was the reader, he was very banal in his narrative voice and in my opinion over-pronounced many of the words.
Read it for the first time, or do a re-read if it's been a while! You won't regret it!
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.