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)
One of my favorite series utterly destroyed by narration. The monotone droning of narrators voice is mind numbing. I hate to be so crass but I'm in shock. If this is what audio narration is supposed to sound like and what the majority expects then I have drastically different preferences and expectations. I'd much prefer the voice to have life and energy. This narrator has none of those traits.
Will Listen Again!
The introduction was unexpected as I only picked up the book based on the summary and didn't know there was one. It did provide some nice information, but was not really needed.
Unlike many others, I thought Peter Ganim's narration was good for this novel. Not knowing the exact way the text and punctuation is laid out in the book, I have to trust that the pauses were what Clarke intended. However, some did seem a bit too long, but did not distract me from an enjoyable novel.
This is however after coming off a book where I thought the narrator used a tone of voice trying to make the whole book I previously listened to sound dramatic by drawing out her words.
I plan to listen to this again, heck, I almost want to do so right now, but there are so many more books to enjoy. Only other thing is to hope that they will get the next 3 books added to the site.
Written in 1973?!?! Wow, what's visionary Clarke is. I read the story as a kid, but appreciated it even more this time around. Great details made everything come to life.
Only negative was the reader, he was very banal in his narrative voice and in my opinion over-pronounced many of the words.
Read it for the first time, or do a re-read if it's been a while! You won't regret it!
Contrary to some of the reviews here, I actually quite enjoyed the readers delivery. The narrator voice is flat, true, but the accents and cadences of the speech of actual characters is nicely executed. Great story, very imaginative, stops short of being a Big Dumb Object book. Some cringe worthy misogyny here, though not jaw-dropping as in Niven's Ringworld. One gets the sense that Clarke was trying to be progressive with respect to gender, as there are highly competent women throughout,but the centering of males is unrelenting. Polygamy appears to be common in this world, but Clarke only makes explicit that men enjoy it.
Love listening to the older classic science-fiction. From these books you can tell were modern science fiction and obsession with aliens come from. These are the ones that started it all. Great story , listened to the entire audiobook in two days.
The best of speculative fiction.
Clarke takes us on a journey of questions and a futuristic romp like no other. The mysteries of the universe, even the simplistic notion of man's place in it all compete in this first contact scenario that does so much and yet leaves us, in the wake of well written tales, wanting more - in a good way.
I had to increase the narration speed to 1.5, to be able to tolerate the robot like narration. Then I increased the narration speed to 2.5 to get through the story! I love science fiction but this story was terribly dull and I couldn't have cared less if Rama had torn them all limb from limb. I hung on and listened to the bitter end and was rewarded with an ending that caused me to yell out loud...."WHAT? That's it??" A total was of time. Glad I purchased this book on sale and didn't waste a credit.
If you find yourself falling asleep despite the binding story line turn up the speed of the narration to 1.25 x normal. Unlike other books it actually sounds good for this book...Almost like it was intended to be listened at, at this speed :)
"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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