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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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    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 Strong City, KS, United States 01-20-14
    Christina Strong City, KS, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2009

    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!

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    Lorrie H 12-18-13
    Lorrie H 12-18-13
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    "Now, here's an author that knows how to write!"

    I read this 30 some years ago and loved it. Really enjoyed someone reading it to me. I've read many of Clarke's books and can remember the endings of most of them after all these years. Unfortunately, I can't say that about the majority of the books I've read since.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Peterschmidt Eau Claire, WI 08-01-13
    D. Peterschmidt Eau Claire, WI 08-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, not so great performance"

    I enjoyed this audio edition of Rendezvous with Rama. It's obviously a classic in SF circles, so the material in the book is really good, even today. However, I found Peter Ganim's reading style to be very oddly stilted and awkward. The man is a very talented performer, which is obvious when he is in character. However, when not in character, his reading style is tremendously bad and annoying. Each word is issued almost as though it is a complete story in and of itself. (The spacing between words here is intentional to attempt to give a feel for what the reading is like). Ganim occasionally demonstrates that he's capable of reading and performing in a very fluid, flowing style and has the talent and ability to employ some extremely convincing voice acting, but one would never know it listening to most of the book. I'm not sure if this is the way he was trained, or if he chose this style himself, or why he does it. But it's really bad. Hugely annoying. I'm convinced he can do much better than he shows here. It's a real shame because a great book has been hamstrung by a poor performance.

    Overall, I would have to recommend reading the book instead of listening to this performance. Audible would do well to toss this version out and have Rendezvous done again by someone like the excellent Christian Rummel, who I'm sure would bring it to vibrant life.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer albia, IA, United States 07-20-13
    Amazon Customer albia, IA, United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2014

    I don't add a lot of reviews . But when I do ..... you know its good enough for me to take time to say wow .

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    "my 1st book from audible"

    Great sci fi the reader is a bit dry but well worth your time the ending is so open ended that it almost makes you scream

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    "Still An Absolute Classic of Sci-Fi"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Its timeless brilliance, scope, and dare I say majesty. It is simply one of the top ten Sci-fi novels of all time. It is, what, 40 years old, or thereabouts, and it is still modern, original and extremely well written.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Others complain about the narration, but I felt it was fine, perhaps not the best but more than adequate.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Where are the other Rama stories? Come on, lets get the rest on audio!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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