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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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    Hector Newark, New Jersey, United States 10-29-11
    Hector Newark, New Jersey, United States 10-29-11
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    "Overwhelmingly epic, larger than life story"

    This is clearly one of the best books in the genre. Even today, almost 40 years later!
    I've been craving for this book for years but only now got a chance to get it because with the audio format I dont have to "sit down to read", which is great!

    As generally with Clarke's books, there's this overwhelmingly epic, larger than life feeling to the book. You don't specifically get attached to any of the characters, but the atmosphere of the book makes you feel you're being told the greatest story of all time, that you're there to witness the greatest moment in the history of the planet. The narrative focuses on the big picture. On the big questions, on the big scenarios, its larger than people, larger than humanity.

    The narration by Peter Ganim, is the voice of an intelligent storyteller. It feels like a chronic being told by a subjet matter expert along with great voice acting that brings the characters to life.

    Clarke's mind swiveled around what would happen in the future, without caring much about the technicalities, because as he himself used to say "science always finds a way that is far beyond more amazing than what we can possibly imagine".

    A masterpiece, handsdown.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 01-09-11
    David 01-09-11 Member Since 2012

    Indiscriminate Reader

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    "Big ideas, mediocre plotting and characterization"

    This is a typical hard-SF novel from Arthur C. Clarke. Clarke was famous for epic science and exploration (e.g., "2001"), but not for his characterization, and it shows here. While a planet-sized alien artifact flying through the solar system should engender a sense of awe, I found myself bored through long stretches of the narration describing the explorations of Rama's interior, and ultimately I could not care much about the characters or about Earth (largely because neither are ever seriously threatened). My opinion is a minority one among classic sci-fi fans (obviously, since it won so many awards), but this book was more of a chore than a pleasure to finish. The science and sense of scale is worth more than 3 stars and Clarke's writing is efficiently descriptive in the old school sci-fi style, but rating "Rendezvous with Rama" purely based on how much I enjoyed the story, I can't give it a higher rating.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 01-05-09
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 01-05-09
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    "An enjoyable read"

    I really enjoyed this. I was, dissapointed with the ending. Things were very tense and interesting and all of a sudden, the ending was there and pretty predictable. However I still highly recommend it!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 12-26-08
    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 12-26-08 Member Since 2006
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    "A must-listen for sci-fi fans."

    Truly one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written, it is presented here in excellent form with a very well exectuted narration. The narration works because it beautifully conveys the pace and tone of Arthur C. Clarke's text. Of all the hundreds of audiobooks I've listened to in my life, this is in my top five. Highly recommended.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Smith Montreal, Quebec. 11-05-09
    Patricia Smith Montreal, Quebec. 11-05-09 Member Since 2008
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    "awful narrator"

    I really tried to get past the narrators dreadful voice but couldn't. His Australian accent was truely appalling, so bad I just could not listen to any longer.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Port Sydney, Ontario, Canada 10-02-09
    Marilyn Port Sydney, Ontario, Canada 10-02-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Any more coming?"

    Would love to hear the rest of this series. I'm O.K. with the narrator - probably like RJ Sawyer better of the two.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy L. Hanna Canyon Lake, Texas USA 04-19-12
    Nancy L. Hanna Canyon Lake, Texas USA 04-19-12

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    "Yureka!"

    With the exception of the 2001: Space Odyssey - the movie - I missed out on Clarke as a kid and wish I had not! I'm catching up now and realize that pretty much every sci-fi written since is reaching for that same vision. I sensed the presence of "HAL" while listening to RAMA and hit the net to find, yes, Clarke was behind the movie...The narration is not the most exciting but the voice is nice and appropriate for the material which makes it worth the listen.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James 06-22-11
    James 06-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The best book I have listen to so far"

    By far the best book for Sci-Fi fans that love the unknown and exploration. I hope Audible gets the rest of the series done also.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Kring 08-16-14 Member Since 2013

    The least helpful reviewer on audible.

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    "Other reviewers have lost their minds!"
    Any additional comments?

    The people who said the narration was awful are stupid-faced-dumb-dumbs. I wonder if they've ever listened to audiobooks before. This was a SOLID 4 star performance. I'm not saying it was the best, but if you've ever heard a good book ruined by a bad reader you'd thank the deity of your choice that there are readers like Peter Ganim. I don't know what they paid him, but he earned it.

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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 02-17-12
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 02-17-12

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Poor performance spoiled wonderful read"

    If you've read Sir Arthur Clarke for years and loved his writing, don't bother downloading this very poor audiobook. If you want to read a First Encounter book that has aged well, go to the used book store and pick up a copy. Whatever you do, don't waste your credit or money in this loser.

    I impulsively bought it because Rama was a favorite for me as a young SiFi reader however the performer that was chosen to read this work simply ruins the whole thing.

    The story was enthralling to read, Peter Ganin makes it boring and dull.

    What a shame--

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Benjamin
    Brough, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    2/15/09
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    "Excellent Book, poorly read"

    This is one of my favourite books and it tells a mind blowing story but unfortunately the reader is very bland and for me this is a very important part of an audiobook!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    St AlbansUnited Kingdom
    2/27/09
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    "Disappointed"

    After reading all the great reviews and see all the awards it got. I was really looking forward to listening to this audio book. However after aprox 5 hours, I just had to stop.
    It was boring. This confused me. I've since come to the conclusion, that the narrator's dull tone, is what made me switch off. Shame really as like I said, I was really looking forward to listening

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • David
    10/28/09
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    "Rendezvous with Rubbish Narration"

    Don't get me wrong, the book is superb. Typically Clarke, more interested in the wonder of discovery than in deep and rounded characters, the book is nevertheless compelling and convincingly realistic.

    The narration however, leaves much to be desired. From a main character who can't decide between the Queen's English, the strains of the South Pacific, or Cockney, to general narration that is so staccato and uninflected that it could be voiced by Microsoft Narrator, this is quite possibly one of the single worst readings of a book I have ever come across.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roger
    Mundford, Norfolk, United Kingdom
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    "Good and bad"

    This is a great story, probably Arthur C Clarke's best. What a shame Peter Gamin (the reader) has such a boring voice and condecending delivery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    4/1/09
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    "Beautiful imagery, nocharacter development"

    For people who love the imagery that a really well written Sci-Fi book can conjure, this is the book for you. A great adventure-in-space story. The only downside is the absence of any real character development or any human story - the characters are there merely as observers of what the author wants to show the reader/listener and to enact any action that needs to be executed to move the story on. We know very little of the people in the story, which may suit some listeners but I could have done with a little more to cement the story together.

    Still a beautifully written and well narrated story which I highly recommend.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • S
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    11/9/14
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    "One of the best Sci Fi books written - seriously!"
    Where does Rendezvous with Rama rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The imagination displayed in this book is mind blowing. When you think that it was written in 1973! Man was still walking and driving on the moon at that time.
    He extrapolates a future, populates it, designs a whole world in a spaceship that is the size of Greater London and then lets you explore it.
    So his characterisation is not as strong as you might like. But the scope he gives you to think about what he is describing is fantastic.
    There are two great books about the first contact with aliens.
    This one and Larry Niven's 'Mote in God's Eye'. I can never decide which is better.


    Any additional comments?

    As an example of the power of the thinking here I have clipped in this section from Wikipedia…

    "Clarke invented the space study program which detects Rama, Project Spaceguard, as a method of identifying near-Earth objects on Earth-impact trajectories; in the novel it was initiated after an asteroid struck Italy on 11 September 2077, destroying Padua and Verona and sinking Venice.
    A real project named Spaceguard was initiated in 1992, named after Clarke's fictional project. After interest in the dangers of asteroid strikes was heightened by a series of Hollywood disaster films, the United States Congress gave NASA authorisation and funding to support Spaceguard."

    This man helped to make things happen by telling the world what they would look like.

    Expand your mind and listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • glen
    wigan, United Kingdom
    10/31/11
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    "Peter Ganim"

    Just wanted to say that I was nearly put off puchasing this audio-book because of the bad reviews of the narration of Peter Ganim. Well I have to say I'm glad I did (purchase), because I realy enjoyed it. Well done Peter Ganim !
    Oh and by the way, the story is absolutly top class. Five stars allround.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tim
    chafford hundred, United Kingdom
    9/5/11
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    "Shame for narator bad reading"

    One of the best SyFy books ever written, spoiled with amazing BAD narrator, with all do respect :)
    ...please get your self anything else but this book, don't waste your money or credit.
    Very badly disappointed :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    edinburgh, United Kingdom
    8/8/11
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    "rama review"

    Whilst of its time this is one of Clarks more fully formed and fleshed out worlds with characters that connect with the story rather than just inhabit a space within a wider plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William
    Castlewellan, United Kingdom
    6/2/10
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    "Excellent"

    I found this most enjoyable, and found myself wanting to learn more and more about Rama and its makers. By the way I have listened to many audiobooks with this narrator and have become used to him, so while he may annoy some, I had no problem whatsoever. Only thing is, when will Rama 2 be on audible?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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