I really tried to get past the narrators dreadful voice but couldn't. His Australian accent was truely appalling, so bad I just could not listen to any longer.
Would love to hear the rest of this series. I'm O.K. with the narrator - probably like RJ Sawyer better of the two.
With the exception of the 2001: Space Odyssey - the movie - I missed out on Clarke as a kid and wish I had not! I'm catching up now and realize that pretty much every sci-fi written since is reaching for that same vision. I sensed the presence of "HAL" while listening to RAMA and hit the net to find, yes, Clarke was behind the movie...The narration is not the most exciting but the voice is nice and appropriate for the material which makes it worth the listen.
By far the best book for Sci-Fi fans that love the unknown and exploration. I hope Audible gets the rest of the series done also.
There have been a lot of comments about the lack of skill of this Narrator. I will say he wasn't amazing, but the story absolutely is. I didn't mind him at all. Give the demo a listen, if you don't mind it, I highly recommend downloading it
One of the best books of all times coupled with poor narration.
The narration style made it painful to listen to this book. Not a terrible narrator, but tone delivery and pacing that made this incredibly interesting book hard work to listen to. Boring boring boring in spite of the completely interesting book.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
If you've read Sir Arthur Clarke for years and loved his writing, don't bother downloading this very poor audiobook. If you want to read a First Encounter book that has aged well, go to the used book store and pick up a copy. Whatever you do, don't waste your credit or money in this loser.
I impulsively bought it because Rama was a favorite for me as a young SiFi reader however the performer that was chosen to read this work simply ruins the whole thing.
The story was enthralling to read, Peter Ganin makes it boring and dull.
What a shame--
I read the entire RAMA series a few decades ago and would like to see them all realized on Audible. Even though Rendezvous with Rama is a stand alone classic, the rest of the books completes the story.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
An intelligent, fascinating story that I listened to 2 days, Rendezvous With Rama withstands the test of time. It doesn't feel dated or old and is very relevant to the current time. I couldn't stop listening to it as there were plenty of surprises and lots of suspense. Highly recommended for sci-fi fans or anyone else who has ever wondered what first contact might be like.