Years after the appearance in the solar system of the immense, deserted spaceship, Rama, a second craft arrived, destined to become home for a group of human colonists. But now the colony has become a brutal dictatorship, terrorizing its own inhabitants. Nicole Wakefield, condemned to death for treason, has escaped to New York. There she is reunited with her husband, but pursuit is not far behind and they are forced to flee to the subterranean corridors of New York inhabited by the menacing octospiders. So begins the greatest adventure of the Rama cycle, a story of massive scope and extraordinary revelations.
Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead in 1917. During the Second World War he served as an RAF radar instructor, rising to the rank of Flight-Lieutenant. After the war he won a BSc in physics and mathematics with first class honours from King's College, London. One of the most respected of all science-fiction writers, he also won Kalinga Prize, The Aviation Space-Writers Prize and The Westinghouse Science Writing Prize. He shared an OSCAR nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was based on his story, 'The Sentinel'. He lived in Sri Lanka from 1956 until his death in 2008.
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First off, I must say that I found this book to be by far the best of the entire Rama series. The story was not hurried and went into exquisite detail at times often describing some of the most imaginative aliens I've ever encountered in a science fiction novel. In addition, the alien society, hierarchy and culture was cleverly thought out and richly detailed. however, I am getting ahead of myself ...
Rama Revealed excels because I found that it really took me on a journey. So much happens in this story to our key characters that I felt truly swept along with their lives and immersed inside in them. This book really brings us into contact with the octo-spiders touched upon briefly and mysteriously in the previous books in this series and expands in satisfying detail all aspects of these intelligent creatures. This final act of the Rama series picks up where the previous story left us hanging and takes the reader on a wonderful journey full of answers about Rama and its occupants. As mentioned at the beginning of this review, the authors bring to life the octo-spiders and their incredible society and domain as well as a myriad of wondrous other aliens all described in vivid and amazingly imaginative detail.
I was quite literally unable to stop listening to this story and found the ending of the book powerfully poignant to the point that I felt an emotional response to it. As soon as I'd completed this deeply satisfying story I felt loss at losing a collection of rich and diverse characters that as a reader I had been made to feel as if I knew and it's this that really makes this book stand out and is what the best kind of writing can achieve.
Toby Long as ever does a sterling job rendering all the varied characters but one thing I did notice was that this book much more so than any other I'd read from Audible has repeated phrases dotted around all over the place and which were clearly as a result of poor editing. it would appear that no proof reading of any kind was done to weed these editing errors out. Still, this in no way detracted from the engrossing, vivid and wondrous story told in this book and I cannot recommend highly enough this book. it is worth reading all previous books in the series if only to reach this final part of the series.
For me, this was a superb tale and one that has left me slightly bereft after finishing it.
This final chapter in the Rama series did not disappoint. I loved every minute. I cried lots at the end when the story of the people who found Rama was coming to a close. The ending was very satisfactory. It wrapped up the whole saga without leaving you thinking 'was that it?' As with the previous volumes the detail is amazing.
"Good conclusion, packer than the middle books."
Following the first book I found the rest of the series a hard slog but there's a lot less 'filler' in this versus the previous book.
Well read but marked down for performance due to some sloppy editing - lots of repeated sentences.
I could not stop listening. this story takes you on a rollercoaster of a journey through space with so murch emotion and then what an ending.
"Great finish to an amazing novels."
These stories which I have read and listened to are quite astonishing Arthur C Clark has a truly magical mind and I look forward to listening and reading to more of his work.
"Brilliant. I loved this series so much."
My only disappointment is that I've finished. I would have easily listened to another story about the octopuses, the node ......
"Epic. The epic of epics?"
An incredible story of both grand scale and individuals is wonderfully crafted. This is a story that makes you think in a good way! As much as anything else this is a story about people. Highly recommended!
"Thought provoking, If not always captivating."
A wonderful book in many ways, Rama Revealed lacks a certain narrative drive towards the end but is no less thought provoking for it. In SF terms still a real great. The writing partnership has brought a deeper level of characterisation than other Arthur C Clarke novels I have read or listened to which is very welcome and has brought a new personal perspective to this great mans prescient and ambitious stories.
"A finale fitting the first."
Much better than The Gardens of Rama.
Shares common themes with other pieces by Arthur C Clarke.
The node being a substitute for the monolith, Rama is a stand in for discovery.
one does have yo ask why such. Motley crew was sent to represent humanity though.
As a fan of Toby Longworth, I enjoyed his performance greatly.
The story is also excellent, and I would recommend the series to anyone interested in science fiction.
I would warn them however, that there are multiple instances throughout this book and the previous of the series in which a line is repeated, as though missed during the editing process. Mostly a harmless oversight, but it can throw you off easily.
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