I cannot understand why this is such an award winning book. The story is simply not very good. There is a strong portrayal of the environment that pulls you in a bit, but overall the story is completely uneventful.
this book was incredibly rich in ideas found in the far thinking mind of Arthur C Clarke. I was flabbergasted at some of the concepts and the descriptions painted perfect pictures. The narrator did a great job, too!
I read the Rama series for the first time nearly 30 years ago, so I wasn't so much wondering whether the story would be worth my time as I was wanting to be able to listen to it while I drive. Peter Ganim may technically read this very well, but his affectation of accents (many of the characters are from different countries) is somewhat distracting to me. His speech is purposeful, but it is also jarring and disjointed at times and it comes across as disinterested, to me. Not to be mean, but it almost sounds like when a student is forced to read something aloud to the class and they put zero passion into it. It took me quite a while to get used to his style. I'm not sure I'd be up for listening to him again.
I enjoyed this audio book. I bought the paper back books years ago and liked the series then, and the audio book dose it justice.
Unlike most SF books out there I like how this one dose not revolve around a military storyline, but still manages to be a good book.
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Just the right duration. Now I want to get the next book! Good thing that this is a series.
a really great story in the classic style. the way the story was written reminded me of an R.A. Heinlein novel.
the vocal performance leaves a bit to be desired but it's ok.
overall a great experience.
Just wanted to write don't worry about the narration, I almost didn't listen due to poor reviews. It is slow and dispassionate, but he is consistent and differentiates characters if you like that. I made it through without being too distracted after the first 10 minutes or so.
Story is mostly good at beginning and end, loses it a litttle in the middle. As a whole a solid and unmissable book of classic scifi.
the book was one of the better sci fi I have read, it kind off reminded me of the the culture, in mysterious not completely explained way. narrator put me asleep. I would recommend him if you have trouble falling asleep.