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 guy that makes most inappropriate jokes at the worst time possible.
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.
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.
Someone who can focus more on detailed descriptions.
No. I don't think anyone i know would be able to focus on it.
The whole premise is very interesting.
On a scale of 1-10 The performance gets a 2.
The performance was so bad I didn't like anyone.
It sounded like really bad actors making their first performance
Bad actors from space
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.
it put me to sleep
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
I'm returning it
Barely. The story is a classic, but woof, is the narration a problem.
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.
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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