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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-02-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "TO SAIL THE CYLINDRICAL SEA"

    Simps, Biots,holograms, spaceguard,aerobatic flyer,a tenth planet, women in space, marriage contracts, a man with a wife on two different planets, a woman with two husbands, generation ships, etc... You may say you have heard it all before, but with the exception of marriage contracts (Robert Heinlein) you heard it here first. Clarke writes in a conservative matter, but he has sees the future better then anyone. I've mentioned it before, but when Clarke writes, it is like you are there or your watching it on the news. His writing is not as sensational as some of today's writing, but his writing is more realistic. The whole idea of a spaceship like this was amazing to begin with, but if it was to happen, my money is Clarke will have pictured it more accurately then anybody else. You can not consider yourself knowledgeable in Science fiction literature if you have not read this book. This is my third time to read or listen to it. Maybe I am a Raman, they do everything in three's.

    The narrator does suck, but the story still comes through, due to strong writing. I suggest you read the book and listen to the book and then do one of them once more, be a Raman.

    WHEN IN DOUBT, SAY NOTHING AND MOVE ON.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Somerville, MA, United States 08-16-10
    Joshua Somerville, MA, United States 08-16-10
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    "Fascinating story marred by horrible narration"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 07-23-09
    Laura 07-23-09
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    "Good Book, Abysmal Reader"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Niels J. Rasmussen 03-09-15 Member Since 2015

    Dr. Nils Rasmussen

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    "Sci-Fi Triple Crown Winner"
    Any additional comments?

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn C. Edwards Tracy, CA United States 10-09-13
    Lynn C. Edwards Tracy, CA United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Lynn Edwards

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    "Still a good book after all these years..."

    Like others who have reviewed this book, I had read this book decades ago (in print of course). Listening to it again now was a real joy. I had forgotten so much of the story!

    But unlike others I had no problem with the narrator. I don't understand. Did we listen to the same book? Peter Ganim was fine. I'm worried that some will pass on the book based on bad narrator reviews, which in my opinion are off the mark. I would have no qualms listening to another book read by him.

    After listening to this great story I'm just imagining what a great blockbuster movie this could be.... Think of the special effects that could be done with today's technology - and in 3-D too!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Allen Lakewood, CO, USA 10-15-09
    Allen Lakewood, CO, USA 10-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Cool little book"

    Aside from watching 2001, this is my first Arthur C Clarke. Very interesting story. His writing style isn't remarkable, but the setting of the story is. And the story's resolution was refreshing. I'm not disappointed with this one. I think my next few audio books are going to be Arthur Clarke's.

    Some people have complained about Peter Ganim's voice. I thought it was a little distracting too when I first heard him in one of the Dune books, but I think after listening for a while the quirks of his style don't stand out so much. Now I find his voice quite pleasant to listen to.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    David thousand oaks, CA, USA 08-20-09
    David thousand oaks, CA, USA 08-20-09
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    "what is this??"

    The only reason I gave it two stars and not one is because it was written 30 yrs ago. Narrator was one of the worst I've listened to. Maybe he was the reason it was so bad? Laughable accents and horrible flow. Book itself was "eh". There was just nothing there - booooring story and non-characters. How could this book possibly win the above-mentioned awards?? Maybe it was the only sci fi book written that year?? :)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Francis Jamesville, NY, USA 03-26-09
    Francis Jamesville, NY, USA 03-26-09
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    "Excellent"

    I'm impressed, it held my attention, to the point I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Which is good considering I get bored very easily. I liked the way the book progressed right along, it never really stopped and dwelled into a single subject.

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    Jack Daniels 12-28-08 Member Since 2008

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    "One of Clarke's best, poor recording"

    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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Summerville, SC, USA 11-26-08
    Jon Summerville, SC, USA 11-26-08
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    "Decent book, poor narration"

    The book is interesting, though I would say overrated. The narration is just about the worst I have heard - in the narrator's attempt at perfect enunciation, he has produced a very choppy, often monotone reading that is often difficult to listen to.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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