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Rendezvous with Rama | [Arthur C. Clarke]

Rendezvous with Rama

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.
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Publisher's Summary

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft.

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.

What the Critics Say

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)

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    Danish Princeton, NJ 09-09-14
    Danish Princeton, NJ 09-09-14 Member Since 2015

    I recently started listening to books and am addicted! Sci-fi is my favorite genre!

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    "God awful narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would definitely recommend the book; however, in written form and not the one narrated by Mr. Peter Ganim


    How could the performance have been better?

    A voice acting course for Peter Ganim, perhaps?


    Any additional comments?

    I've only heard a couple chapters of this book but now contemplating returning it because of the narration. The story by AC Clarke is engrossing, as always, but the narration is so dull that I'm easily distracted and I fail to follow the story and continuously see myself rewinding it and then persevering through the awful narration again. A man can only take that much...

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    Ben 06-16-14
    Ben 06-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Claims of Narrator's ineptitude grossly exadurated"
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    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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Fitzwoman 05-27-14
    Fitzwoman 05-27-14

    Reader, reviewer, blogger

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    "Excellent job with an extraordinary story"
    Would you listen to Rendezvous with Rama again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. I enjoyed it immensely.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The story wasn't exactly character-driven, but I don't have a favorite.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It certainly made me think, mostly about contact with aliens and the size of the universe.


    Any additional comments?

    I hadn't read this book previously and was fascinated by the story. The narration was top-notch.

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    Darkstar 05-18-14
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    "One of the best books ever"
    What did you love best about Rendezvous with Rama?

    The details of Rama


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rendezvous with Rama?

    The first time they see Rama through the flash of a flair


    Which character – as performed by Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) – was your favorite?

    Can't pick one


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they had to leave Rama


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith LIVERMORE, CA, United States 02-09-14
    Keith LIVERMORE, CA, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "So plausable and well done!"

    What a great story. It is so well done and believable. I really enjoyed this one! Ignore what others say about the narrator. He was fine. He wasn't the best I ever heard but he was very far from the worst.

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    Donald 01-31-14
    Donald 01-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic Sci-fi, with actual science."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rendezvous with Rama to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is amazing, the performers do a good job at evoking the scale and tension of exploring the alien artifact.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unraveling mysteries, the science explained or alluded to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There goes the neighborhood.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald G. Dennis MD 01-31-14
    Donald G. Dennis MD 01-31-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Classic Sci-fi, with actual science."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rendezvous with Rama to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is amazing, the performers do a good job at evoking the scale and tension of exploring the alien artifact.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unraveling mysteries, the science explained or alluded to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There goes the neighborhood.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christina 01-20-14
    Christina 01-20-14

    Recycled Realities

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    "Audible, PLEASE rerecord with a different narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    One of the best books of all times coupled with poor narration.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) ?

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Abdulla Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 01-06-14
    Abdulla Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 01-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "excellent listen!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Unique and makes you think about what is possible and whats not


    What does Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Some insight in to the book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roland Tallinn, Estonia 12-28-13
    Roland Tallinn, Estonia 12-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The Narration is absolutely horrible!"
    What would have made Rendezvous with Rama better?

    Even a decent narrator would have made a huge difference. The story itself was good, but the monotonous and detached narration just made it too hard to enjoy!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) ’s performances?

    NO!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Rendezvous with Rama?

    All of the parts read by Peter Ganim could have been easily replaced by an automated voice synthesizer and the result would have not been worse...


    Any additional comments?

    Please, do a mankind a favor and produce a version of Rendevouz With Rama with a decent narrator! The story certainly deserves it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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