Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence. It will kindle their wildest dreams...and fan their darkest fears. For no one knows who the Ramans are or why they have come. And now the moment of rendezvous awaits - just behind a Raman airlock door.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by Hugo Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer, who explains why Rendezvous with Rama will make the listener "feel both humbled and exhilarated at the same time".
©1973 Arthur C. Clarke; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1974
Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1973
John W. Campbell Memorial Award, Best Novel, 1974
"A frighteningly logical, believable, and grimly prophetic tale...Clarke is a master." (Los Angeles Times)
"A first-rate tour de force." (The New York Times)
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.
Look up the book on amazon for more reviews.
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.
"Excellent Book, poorly read"
This is one of my favourite books and it tells a mind blowing story but unfortunately the reader is very bland and for me this is a very important part of an audiobook!
After reading all the great reviews and see all the awards it got. I was really looking forward to listening to this audio book. However after aprox 5 hours, I just had to stop.
It was boring. This confused me. I've since come to the conclusion, that the narrator's dull tone, is what made me switch off. Shame really as like I said, I was really looking forward to listening
"Rendezvous with Rubbish Narration"
Don't get me wrong, the book is superb. Typically Clarke, more interested in the wonder of discovery than in deep and rounded characters, the book is nevertheless compelling and convincingly realistic.
The narration however, leaves much to be desired. From a main character who can't decide between the Queen's English, the strains of the South Pacific, or Cockney, to general narration that is so staccato and uninflected that it could be voiced by Microsoft Narrator, this is quite possibly one of the single worst readings of a book I have ever come across.
"Good and bad"
This is a great story, probably Arthur C Clarke's best. What a shame Peter Gamin (the reader) has such a boring voice and condecending delivery.
"Beautiful imagery, nocharacter development"
For people who love the imagery that a really well written Sci-Fi book can conjure, this is the book for you. A great adventure-in-space story. The only downside is the absence of any real character development or any human story - the characters are there merely as observers of what the author wants to show the reader/listener and to enact any action that needs to be executed to move the story on. We know very little of the people in the story, which may suit some listeners but I could have done with a little more to cement the story together.
Still a beautifully written and well narrated story which I highly recommend.
When this book was recommended I did not think the plot could be very interesting. However the reason I rated it so high was how despite the lack of a obvious antagonist. I was on the edge of my sofa the whole time. I was interested in the characters and the world described.
If your interested in the science fiction and humanities potential first steps out of our system give this book a try.
"One of the best Sci Fi books written - seriously!"
The imagination displayed in this book is mind blowing. When you think that it was written in 1973! Man was still walking and driving on the moon at that time.
He extrapolates a future, populates it, designs a whole world in a spaceship that is the size of Greater London and then lets you explore it.
So his characterisation is not as strong as you might like. But the scope he gives you to think about what he is describing is fantastic.
There are two great books about the first contact with aliens.
This one and Larry Niven's 'Mote in God's Eye'. I can never decide which is better.
As an example of the power of the thinking here I have clipped in this section from Wikipedia…
"Clarke invented the space study program which detects Rama, Project Spaceguard, as a method of identifying near-Earth objects on Earth-impact trajectories; in the novel it was initiated after an asteroid struck Italy on 11 September 2077, destroying Padua and Verona and sinking Venice.
A real project named Spaceguard was initiated in 1992, named after Clarke's fictional project. After interest in the dangers of asteroid strikes was heightened by a series of Hollywood disaster films, the United States Congress gave NASA authorisation and funding to support Spaceguard."
This man helped to make things happen by telling the world what they would look like.
Expand your mind and listen to this book.
Just wanted to say that I was nearly put off puchasing this audio-book because of the bad reviews of the narration of Peter Ganim. Well I have to say I'm glad I did (purchase), because I realy enjoyed it. Well done Peter Ganim !
Oh and by the way, the story is absolutly top class. Five stars allround.
"Shame for narator bad reading"
One of the best SyFy books ever written, spoiled with amazing BAD narrator, with all do respect :)
...please get your self anything else but this book, don't waste your money or credit.
Very badly disappointed :(
Whilst of its time this is one of Clarks more fully formed and fleshed out worlds with characters that connect with the story rather than just inhabit a space within a wider plot.
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