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Rendezvous with Rama Audiobook
Rendezvous with Rama
Written by: 
Arthur C. Clarke
Narrated by: 
Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
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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    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.

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    Aaron Shoemaker 07-21-15
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    "Solid sci-fi, light plot"
    What did you love best about Rendezvous with Rama?

    The imaginative nature of the principle plot devices (namely, Rama and the discoveries within) set solidly within a universe governed by natural law.The modest liberties Clarke takes with physics serve to advance the plot and are well-framed as gaps in our understanding rather than sci-fi space magic.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Clarke's characters are two-dimensional, static and carved out precisely to fit the needs of the story. A reader may struggle to find anyone to identify with and tire of how every person behaves essentially perfectly in service to the golden path of the story, never clouding it with any personal motivation or drive.


    What three words best describe Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) ’s voice?

    Distracting, relentless over-annunciation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. The narrator reads as if he was told that, upon swallowing a single consonant, his entire hometown would be put to death. It makes listening for any length of time difficult and monotonous, and helps further underscore the lack of human connection in the story.


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    Alfonso Rios 07-08-15
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    "Exceptional storyline!!"

    This is by far the best science fiction book around. A classic in every sense and a must for a scientific oriented mind or any avid reader of science fiction.

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    S. Getty SW Montana 06-26-15
    S. Getty SW Montana 06-26-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Boring, stilted reading. Couldn't finish!"
    What would have made Rendezvous with Rama better?

    A more animated, emotional reader who put some feeling into his words.


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

    Only the book not the audio, reasons stated above.


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

    No.


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

    The book was great when I read it back in college. I just didn't like the reading of it.


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    Parola138 Czech Republic 06-23-15
    Parola138 Czech Republic 06-23-15 Listener Since 2005

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    "This is the second arthur C. Clarke book I've read"

    I read this about a year after reading childhood's end. As someone who is under 40, its a little difficult simply because so many films have borrowed so many ideas from Arthur C. Clarke's works. But I still found this a very enjoyable book, much like Childhood's End. There was never a dull moment in it and I was 100% satisfied. Wasn't crazy about the narrator, but it wasn't bothersome- I just played it at x2 or 1.5 speed and it was fine.

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    JimmyHoffa04 06-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "One of Arthur C. Clarke's best."

    Simple yet complex. Great novel. This and Childhood's End are his best novels.

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    Austin 05-29-15
    Austin 05-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A unique story"

    Loved every second of this book. Read it when I was 13 and again now that I'm 31.

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    Rickard 05-18-15
    Rickard 05-18-15
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    "Grand story"

    Took a while to get used to the narrator but he was great.
    The story was... epic.

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    W C McDonald III Birmingham 05-13-15
    W C McDonald III Birmingham 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic SFI"

    Loved it just like the book. Hope you will do the rest of the series. Very good story performance was excellent.

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    Clark Kent 05-10-15
    Clark Kent 05-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very interesting story."

    This book was well read in my opinion. The story is interesting. The descriptions of places and events are quite good and gave me a good idea of that alien world in a "bottle". I intend to listen to the rest of the series.

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