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)
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.
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.
Distracting, relentless over-annunciation.
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.
A more animated, emotional reader who put some feeling into his words.
Only the book not the audio, reasons stated above.
The book was great when I read it back in college. I just didn't like the reading of it.
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.
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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