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Rendezvous with Rama Audiobook

Rendezvous with Rama

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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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    Luiz Rocha 03-17-16
    Luiz Rocha 03-17-16

    The guy that makes most inappropriate jokes at the worst time possible.

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    "Should have read this book eons ago"

    This book is amazing, specially considering sir Arthur C. Clarke wrote it in the early 70s.

    The whole exploration of Rama, from the initial incursion to their last mission, the environment and how each astronaut was reacting to it, what they were learning -- or not learning, since Rama represents technology and knowledge far beyond humanity understanding at that time. It makes you go along and have our own feelings and expectations about the unknown ship. It is a beautiful, thoughtful story, makes you empathise all along the way.

    It's not a character-centric book, that describes the journey of a hero, although its characters are far better described and developed than in previous books like "Childhood's End".

    The audiobook is above avarege and it has a great pace, which adds to the experience. It's worth your credits.

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    Amazon Customer 09-11-15
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    "Dull and boring narration of a favorite story"

    This has been my favorite sci fi story for decades and I have re read it numerous times. I could only take one chapter, however, of the narrator's flat, lifeless voice. I am going to return my audible copy. You can be measured, deliberate, steady in your delivery without being lifeless and utterly forgettable, sir.

    I cannot recommend this audible book to anyone.

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    Daniel 09-09-15
    Daniel 09-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "To much description for me."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who can focus more on detailed descriptions.


    Would you recommend Rendezvous with Rama to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I don't think anyone i know would be able to focus on it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less robotic.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The whole premise is very interesting.


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    George 09-01-15
    George 09-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad Narration"
    Where does Rendezvous with Rama rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On a scale of 1-10 The performance gets a 2.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The performance was so bad I didn't like anyone.


    What didn’t you like about Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) ’s performance?

    It sounded like really bad actors making their first performance


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

    Bad actors from space


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    D. Maltby 08-31-15
    D. Maltby 08-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A classic"

    a classic sci-fi. This is a must read. I could not pit it down. Kept me up late.

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    Wendy Wiese 08-26-15
    Wendy Wiese 08-26-15
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    "Narrator talks like Captain Kirk"

    The story... is captivating, ...but the narration... is annoying. He speaks...in halting...sentences...for...the...entire book... all... nine+ hours...of it....Completely....ruined...the book... for me.

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    carli stoliar LAS VEGAS, NV, US 08-19-15
    carli stoliar LAS VEGAS, NV, US 08-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "dull reader"
    Would you try another book from Arthur C. Clarke and/or Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) ?

    yes


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

    it put me to sleep


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'm not sure this guy is alive!!, I read this book years ago and it was not as boring as this guy makes it


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I'm returning it

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    Amazon Customer 08-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, narration was awful"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Barely. The story is a classic, but woof, is the narration a problem.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator provided a stilted almost automated reading of the text, without any meaning and randomly emphasizing words and changing pace mid-paragraph. The character voices were awful. The Australian captain sounded like a member of the Concords reading the book, misunderstanding the import of the text and the other characters were just terrible. It really detracted from the book.


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    MADD_Man 07-31-15
    MADD_Man 07-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book by Clark!"

    I'd like to start by saying that, while I've read one of the latter books in this series, this was my first time with this book.

    Wow! What a ride this book was. What I love about Arthur C Clarke is that his books are more than just a story. They're a narrated tour of the future he's envisioned. His ability to describe in amazing detail what the reader is "seeing" is nothing short of amazing, and this book, describing man's encounter with a strange alien vessel as it passes through our solar system, is no exception.

    A lot of folks have down talked the narrator for this Audiobook, and I think that's a bit unfair. While it took a little bit to get used to, I found the narrative to be very well spoken, clear, and the emotional conveyance to be about perfect for a science-heavy sci-fi adventure.

    All in all, this was an enjoyable experience, and one that I'll probably listen to again!

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    wendi 07-28-15
    wendi 07-28-15
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    "Great book, terrible narration"

    Fantastic story but a truly unfortunate choice in narrators. I would recommend reading the hardcopy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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