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Rama Revealed Audiobook

Rama Revealed: Rama Series, Book 4

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Years after the appearance in the solar system of the immense, deserted spaceship, Rama, a second craft arrived, destined to become home for a group of human colonists. But now the colony has become a brutal dictatorship, terrorizing its own inhabitants. Nicole Wakefield, condemned to death for treason, has escaped to New York. There she is reunited with her husband, but pursuit is not far behind and they are forced to flee to the subterranean corridors of New York inhabited by the menacing octospiders. So begins the greatest adventure of the Rama cycle, a story of massive scope and extraordinary revelations.

Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead in 1917. During the Second World War he served as an RAF radar instructor, rising to the rank of Flight-Lieutenant. After the war he won a BSc in physics and mathematics with first class honours from King's College, London. One of the most respected of all science-fiction writers, he also won Kalinga Prize, The Aviation Space-Writers Prize and The Westinghouse Science Writing Prize. He shared an OSCAR nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was based on his story, 'The Sentinel'. He lived in Sri Lanka from 1956 until his death in 2008.

©1993 Arthur C. Clarkes & Gentry Lee (P)2014 Audible Studios

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    Collin Taylor 05-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Even better than I remembered"

    I remember reading this series in high school and have very fond memories. The audio version was amazing.

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    Csaba Haboczki London , Ontario , Canada 03-05-17
    Csaba Haboczki London , Ontario , Canada 03-05-17 Listener Since 2008
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    "My most beloved story. Outstanding."

    Please do not miss this series. You won't regret it. However the second book Rama II is missing from the series. Please make sure that the narrator of the whole series will read that book too. I will definitely purchase it when it comes out. Thanks Audible.

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  • S. Morris
    London, UK
    8/26/15
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    "Wonderous"

    First off, I must say that I found this book to be by far the best of the entire Rama series. The story was not hurried and went into exquisite detail at times often describing some of the most imaginative aliens I've ever encountered in a science fiction novel. In addition, the alien society, hierarchy and culture was cleverly thought out and richly detailed. however, I am getting ahead of myself ...

    Rama Revealed excels because I found that it really took me on a journey. So much happens in this story to our key characters that I felt truly swept along with their lives and immersed inside in them. This book really brings us into contact with the octo-spiders touched upon briefly and mysteriously in the previous books in this series and expands in satisfying detail all aspects of these intelligent creatures. This final act of the Rama series picks up where the previous story left us hanging and takes the reader on a wonderful journey full of answers about Rama and its occupants. As mentioned at the beginning of this review, the authors bring to life the octo-spiders and their incredible society and domain as well as a myriad of wondrous other aliens all described in vivid and amazingly imaginative detail.

    I was quite literally unable to stop listening to this story and found the ending of the book powerfully poignant to the point that I felt an emotional response to it. As soon as I'd completed this deeply satisfying story I felt loss at losing a collection of rich and diverse characters that as a reader I had been made to feel as if I knew and it's this that really makes this book stand out and is what the best kind of writing can achieve.

    Toby Long as ever does a sterling job rendering all the varied characters but one thing I did notice was that this book much more so than any other I'd read from Audible has repeated phrases dotted around all over the place and which were clearly as a result of poor editing. it would appear that no proof reading of any kind was done to weed these editing errors out. Still, this in no way detracted from the engrossing, vivid and wondrous story told in this book and I cannot recommend highly enough this book. it is worth reading all previous books in the series if only to reach this final part of the series.

    For me, this was a superb tale and one that has left me slightly bereft after finishing it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • redfeend
    2/20/15
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    "Unputdownable"

    This final chapter in the Rama series did not disappoint. I loved every minute. I cried lots at the end when the story of the people who found Rama was coming to a close. The ending was very satisfactory. It wrapped up the whole saga without leaving you thinking 'was that it?' As with the previous volumes the detail is amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ash
    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
    1/6/15
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    "Good conclusion, packer than the middle books."

    Following the first book I found the rest of the series a hard slog but there's a lot less 'filler' in this versus the previous book.

    Well read but marked down for performance due to some sloppy editing - lots of repeated sentences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • thomas lepora
    9/21/17
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    "He's a genius"

    Clarke was a genius on so many levels, an amazing social commentator. Best book out of the 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AnnaK
    8/29/17
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    "An epic sc fi and filled with emotion😍😍"

    I feel like I have lived on Rama for the last few months, and it lasted a lifetime. Another for my faves list 😍😍😍.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ChangePro
    8/20/17
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    "Glorious SF"

    A mammoth summer project/distraction completed. All 4 tomes in the cycle listened-to.
    What a curate's egg! I love the rationalist branch of science fiction and am exasperated by fantasy. This represents a kind of apotheosis of the former.
    Preposterously ambitious in scope, like all great SF, it is grounded in current science. All human life and potential development, and no small part of cosmology, is addressed: biology, sociology, technology, family, ethics, religion, even sexual reproduction and identity.
    A grand synthesising conception of a deist Meaning of Life is even proposed. All within a narrative framework of familial / colonial epic and (from the second book on) a central heroine.
    Stylistically, this will always present challenges. Clarke was never a great crafter of prose. Nor is his collaborator, Destry Lee. Multiple voices are attempted, dialogue is however occasionally laughable. Similarly, some episodes are maddeningly plodding, an inevitable risk given the imposed vastness of space time and distance. I am glad that I listened rather than read.
    The imagination, however, is inspiring and these literary distractions can be parked for the slaking of curiosity that is SF's primary hook.
    The payoff is intriguing and satisfying. This probably makes it more artificial than, say, 2001, but it provides that sense of Glorious Bollocks which warms the nerdish heart.
    4 stars ****

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zen
    7/20/17
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    "excellent! slightly mundane in places"

    very good story, absolutely excellent narration!
    story seemed a bit tedious in places but well worth listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freddietheone
    York, UK.
    5/6/17
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    "A woeful conclusion"

    I fought on to the bitter end, hoping for a good satisfying conclusion. The story just peters out. Not really science-fiction at all and next to no contribution by Arthur C Clarke. Even bright and intelligent people make the most blinkered and crass decisions. The development of the story never really amounted to anything other than some philosophical waffle. We never find out anything about the makers of Rama, other than they are technologically advanced and 'do things for the best'.
    I cannot recommend this book at all.

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  • T R West
    12/21/16
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    "Brilliant and believable"

    Arthur C Clarke has created a magnificent Rama yarn, beautifully woven in detail and consistency of vision. He makes us feel small on our planet, and encourages respect for our home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    10/7/16
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    "Finally finished them after 20 years"

    very pleased to have finished the Rama books with the help of Audible. commuting and chilling out without the TV on.
    well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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