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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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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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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
  • 08-26-15

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.

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  • redfeend
  • 02-20-15

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.

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  • Ash
  • 01-06-15

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.

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  • TomNI
  • 01-09-18

perfect ending

before getting this book i checked the reviews on internet and i was worried it will not be as good as the rest. but dont worry. its a perfect ending to the whole rama series. sadly it over.

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  • Derfel C
  • 10-30-17

Wonderful!

Wonderful story, superb narator, it has been a long journey through all 4 books and although I thought it lost its way a little towards the end of the 3rd book (the Garden of Rama) this final chapter made it all worth while and with such an unforgettable ending.

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  • AnnaK
  • 08-29-17

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 😍😍😍.

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  • Stephen
  • 04-25-18

Loved it

ACC was a genius thank you must revisit Lion of the Comarre remember reading it as a kid

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  • pm
  • 04-14-18

A worthwhile end to the series

I was utterly disappointed with the second book after the brilliant Rendezvous with Rama, but having persevered through the second and third books in the series, I wanted to see it through to the end. There are still unanswered questions at the end, there was also the (what I felt, unnecessary) drama at times, but the more detailed introduction to the octospiders was great.

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  • Kevin
  • 12-23-17

Good but flagging

What did you like most about Rama Revealed?

Excellent theories and discussion about human development and interaction with unknowns. Concept that alien intelligence's may to at more and less developed stages of intelligence along a scale. Excellent narrative, BUT it was too long. Book 3 started to drag and 4 stayed anchored then sunk further from a story telling point of view.

What other book might you compare Rama Revealed to, and why?

The whole issue is what Lord of the Rings suffered from. The story doesn't need 4 volumes, 3 would have sufficed or two in the case of Lord of the Rings

Have you listened to any of Toby Longworth’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. He's excellent in all of them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

In books 1 - 3 there were many ups and downs. The part of 'Revealed' is the end. Although excellently written the story gets thinner and thinner.

Any additional comments?

A C Clarke is a genius and I'm probably just suffering from having too short an attention span.

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  • D. Carver
  • 12-02-17

An excellent culmination

This book returns to having just Toby Longworth narrating and he does an absolutely excellent job. Much richer than the previous instalment it benefits from being all Clark and no Gentry. The poor production remains (just) but there are mercifully far fewer duplications. Gentry may have gone but the healthy disrespect for human behaviour remains. Mostly engaging but I felt the attempted philosophical explanation of creation and the universe was a bit thin.

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  • Andrew Aitken
  • 10-20-16

great read

fantastic book. the reader has a great wealth of voices and does the different accents very well. would recommend

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  • Peter
  • 07-07-16

Rama 4 Fini

A rambling narrative of life and relationships of a multispecies collective in a controlled environment