A story that reveals itself by steps, the father and grandfather of so many later SF elements, this is definitely worth reading.
I imagined the flat narration performance as being read by Stephen Hawking to not mind it too much. The other characters' voices were fine.
This would be a perfect 5 stars from almost all reviewers if the performance had been more dynamic.
After reading the multiple reviews criticizing the narrator for this book I was hesitant to purchase it. If you feel the same way, forget it - I'm several chapters into the book, and I don't know what these reviewers have against the narrator, but he is perfectly fine. He is not great, not terrible, a perfectly fine middle-of-the-road narrator. I would not hesitate to purchase another book read by him. The criticisms of him here are completely off the mark.
I see the complaints about the narration so it's only fair to give counterpoint. I've listened to this book 50 times (approx.) and love it each time. The narration really only suffers from the writing which is quite dry at times (typical AcClarke) as there isn't much drama to dramatize for large portions of the book. Sometimes a complaint tends to bring out others who agree so maybe a positive review of the narration will make it possible to buck the trend of negativity currently en vogue. It is surely different but don't let that deter you from an excellent book which is more about the wonder and mystery of a unique event and not about character drama and vibrant voices.
The guy that makes most inappropriate jokes at the worst time possible.
This book is amazing, specially considering sir Arthur C. Clarke wrote it in the early 70s.
The whole exploration of Rama, from the initial incursion to their last mission, the environment and how each astronaut was reacting to it, what they were learning -- or not learning, since Rama represents technology and knowledge far beyond humanity understanding at that time. It makes you go along and have our own feelings and expectations about the unknown ship. It is a beautiful, thoughtful story, makes you empathise all along the way.
It's not a character-centric book, that describes the journey of a hero, although its characters are far better described and developed than in previous books like "Childhood's End".
The audiobook is above avarege and it has a great pace, which adds to the experience. It's worth your credits.
This has been my favorite sci fi story for decades and I have re read it numerous times. I could only take one chapter, however, of the narrator's flat, lifeless voice. I am going to return my audible copy. You can be measured, deliberate, steady in your delivery without being lifeless and utterly forgettable, sir.
I cannot recommend this audible book to anyone.
Someone who can focus more on detailed descriptions.
No. I don't think anyone i know would be able to focus on it.
The whole premise is very interesting.
On a scale of 1-10 The performance gets a 2.
The performance was so bad I didn't like anyone.
It sounded like really bad actors making their first performance
Bad actors from space