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)
It's hard to beat the imagination of Authur C. Clarke. This book is a cliff hanger from start to finish. There are action sequences that keep you turning pages, but mostly it's just the pure wonder of what's coming next in the fantastic discovery of Rama.
Story is great and well written. The narrator turns it into a travesty. Every character is read with the same monotone voice with no inflection and one of the worst cadences I've ever listened to outside of a college calculus class. It sounds a little better if you speed it up to 1.25x, but it's still horrible. Would even be willing to re-purchase this with a better narrator - Seriously, he's that bad.
A great hard sci-fi novel. Probably Clarke's best. Clarke really makes the discovery and exploration of an alien spacecraft very believable by applying his scientific knowledge to the very readable prose.
The narration, however, is a huge drawback. I've listened to dozens of audiobooks and I've never been so turned off by a narrator as I was while listening to this book. The reading is very halted and and distracting. Very weird accents at the end of sentences, almost like English is second language to the narrator and he never quite figured out the correct inflections to use.
Skip this audiobook and pick up the the real book.
I've been wanting to read this book for ages and was so glad to see it finally come out on audible. The story was good and interesting, but it was very hard to continue to listen to it because the reader was so horrible. Slow and monotone to the point I wondered if it was a machine reading the story.
Please Audible Frontiers, do not ever use this reader again. You did a great disservice to an award winning classic. It should have been 5 stars.
After the discovery of a strange object, Rama, making its way through the solar system, the crew of Endeavour are ordered to dock and explore it. The crew encounter a number suprises as they make their way through Rama's massive interior. The story is largely a mystery: What is Rama? Why is it here? Is it alive? What is its purpose? Over time, some of these questions are answered, but many more are created in their place. Despite being written nearly fourty years ago, Rendezvous With Rama is a timeless tale and I highly recommend it.
Clarke renders the world of Rama with remarkable ease. He gracefully handles the complexities of movement in a cylindrical world in which the terms "up" and "down" have no distinct meaning. While Clarke isn't known for his strong characterization, that is only because his human characters are merely observers. Rama itself is the main character here. Even so, Clarke shares bits and pieces of the lives of Endeavour's crew as they explore Rama with just enough detail to make them likable but not so much as to create a strong attachment.
I have never really liked Clarke's narration-heavy writing style. He spends most of his time in third person omniscient viewpoint, bouncing from character to character at will with long passages of narration in between. Despite this, the story remains strong and the style becomes less noticable with time.
The audio narration is, in a word, terrible. The narrator handles dialogue quite well but the narrative sections are choppy and monotone. Some Audible listeners may feel that this suits Clarke's writing style, but I disagree. The staccato of the narrator's reading can be so difficult to follow that it made me feel almost sea-sick. At the best of times, I found myself drifting off thinking about other things. He wholly failed to engage me in the story and it is a tragedy that this is the only available audibook version of Rendeavous With Rama.
This should have been a five star audio book. It is one of Clarke's finest works and will live on for generations to come.
But the cadence of the narration and technical quality is so poor I came back to the web site to see if it was a computer generated voice. The recording reminds me of the voice on the automated NOAA weather radio stations. I suspect this recording is compressed to the point that it adds a machine like quality to what we hear.
It should be at the very least re-encoded with less compression loss if not completely re-recorded from scratch.
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
After enjoying this book, it is no surprise that it took home The Nebula Award, The Hugo Award, and The John W. Campbell Memorial Award immediately after its release in 1973.
Rendezvous With Rama is truly one of the most imaginative, yet believable science fiction novels that I have had the pleasure of coming across on Audible. Arthur C. Clarke is a true master of the genre.
If you enjoy fiction about humanity's first contact with an extraterrestrial civilization, get this book NOW...
9.11 / 10.00
No, because it could use better narration.
Exploration of Rama, especially via firefly!
I was in awe!
One of my all time favorite books. This was my gateway to Sir Arthur C. Clarke's other superb writings. I just wanted to reread it a few decades after it was published. It still ranks among my favorite sci-fi books.
No, but I don't see as well as I used to
I would VERY MUCH like to have Audible presentations of the rest of this series. This book is only the beginning and I think it is not the best of the Rama Series.
Neither were terrific. Satisfactory but not quite good enough for a book of this caliber.
Not really. It is a large book and I have to portion out my time.
I want the rest of the series!
Absolutely would try more of Clarke's books, but I will never try Peter Ganim's narration again.
The story, not the narration.
Different narrator. Maybe someone who is human.
Terrible narration. Australian accent? Really?
"Great story. I wonder when this will be a movie?"
I've read this book before (for real, not via audible) and I have to say, it loses nothing from being narrated. It's Arthur C. Clarke at his greatest. If I have one qualm about this audio book, I would agree with the other commenters that the narrator has quite an irritating tone and he speaks quite slowly. That said, shifting the iPod into 'play faster' mode helped quite a bit.
My recommendation is listen to the clip and if you can put up with the narrator, then go for it. If you're into sci-fi, or if you're a fan of Clarke, then you shalln't be disappointed.
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