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Rendezvous with Rama Audiobook

Rendezvous with Rama

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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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    kevin elk grove, CA, United States 10-02-09
    kevin elk grove, CA, United States 10-02-09
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    "Loved it!"

    Wow, I've never read this story before and it was the first time I've finished a long story of Clarke's. What great stuff!

    Yes, the narrator is rather dry and has a tempo that can be boring on a long drive but it worked well enough.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    FYB 08-16-10
    FYB 08-16-10 Listener Since 2008
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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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    thawstone Reno, NV USA 01-09-10
    thawstone Reno, NV USA 01-09-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Superb Imagination"

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer LM Campbell Hall, NY United States 07-23-09
    Amazon Customer LM Campbell Hall, NY United States 07-23-09 Member Since 2007
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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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Atlanta , GA, USA 05-28-16
    Dave Atlanta , GA, USA 05-28-16 Member Since 2016

    I enjoy mostly classics, sci-fi, and sci-fi classics

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    "Intelligent, interesting, ultimately unsatisfying"

    This is fine science fiction. But you should know that it doesn't end satisfactorily, it anticipates the sequel, which is not available on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-04-13
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    "Classic SF"
    What made the experience of listening to Rendezvous with Rama the most enjoyable?

    It is just a fantastic story, well plotted with interesting characters and concepts.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rendezvous with Rama?

    The whole notion of a spaceship planet, may seem trite now but this was probably the original idea and it is compelling.


    What about Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    At times Peter seemed a bit robotic but honestly I thought he did a great job, I would listen to other books by him with no reservations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No too long...I typically listen to books in my car and at the gym.


    Any additional comments?

    Clarke is a great, great writer. Don't miss the opportunity to listen to this classic!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Niels J. Rasmussen 03-09-15 Member Since 2017

    That idiot from the Canadian electro-post-genre punk band, Uncle Outrage. Hey. How's it going?

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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

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. Rhoderick Frederick, MD USA 03-28-10
    J. Rhoderick Frederick, MD USA 03-28-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent story, poor narration"

    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.

    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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-14-16
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-14-16 Member Since 2016

    Rob Thomas

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    "Arthur Clarke = big idea story"

    It’s hard for me to offer an unbiased characterisation of the story because the plot had been spoiled for me. I’d been told what was going to happen and that deflated the my ability to really enjoy the book.

    Still, it was a neat story about a great big idea -- the kind of story Arthur Clarke was famous for. And, as accurately pointed out in the introduction, the point of Arthur Clarke’s stories is not the characters and so they tend to be flimsy. Check. The out-there concept at the heart of the novel was interesting and sufficiently mind-blowing, though, to make the read feel worthwhile.

    The narration was okay, but I’m sorry to say I found it kind of wooden. It often seemed to lack feeling and when it did employ emotion or emphasis, they seemed off-target. For example, I actually laughed after I heard the word “plaintively” in the sentence:

    “What is a space drive?” asked the Ambassador from Earth, rather plaintively.

    It did not strike me that the question had been read plaintively at all, and when the narrator read that word it actually struck me as funny.

    If you’re a fan of sci-fi, I you should enjoy this classic.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Castlewellan, United Kingdom
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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?

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  • Damian
    Redditch, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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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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