We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Rendezvous with Rama Audiobook

Rendezvous with Rama

Regular Price:$24.29
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (5601 )
5 star
 (2812)
4 star
 (1868)
3 star
 (710)
2 star
 (136)
1 star
 (75)
Overall
4.4 (4574 )
5 star
 (2773)
4 star
 (1224)
3 star
 (452)
2 star
 (89)
1 star
 (36)
Story
4.0 (4553 )
5 star
 (1965)
4 star
 (1363)
3 star
 (760)
2 star
 (266)
1 star
 (199)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    jchafin 08-04-17
    jchafin 08-04-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Don't purchase until they get a new narrator!"
    If you could sum up Rendezvous with Rama in three words, what would they be?

    Classic novel destroyed by a horrible narrator. A text to speech engine could have done better.


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

    Returning it.


    What didn’t you like about Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer - introduction ’s performance?

    Horrible narration. He sound like a computer or Stephen Hawkins text to speech program. Hated it.


    Any additional comments?

    Until they get a better narrator stay away from this audiobook. Read the printed version. Your better off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Piz77 08-03-17
    Piz77 08-03-17 Member Since 2017

    Trying to have a good time and learn something along the way whenever possible =)

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Where is the rest of the series, Audible???"

    Great plot and story. Amazing this already has decades since written. Can't really say I've felt the age on any of it from start to finish. I've just recently read PKDs UBIK, and while a little bit older than this, UBIK does show it's age quite a bit. The plot here is very straight forward and simple: strange cylinder object pops up in space and raises humans curiosity. If the review's title doesn't make it clear already, this is the beginning of a series with 4 books, if I'm not mistaken. I had not read this before so I'm not familiar with the rest of it (yet, hopefully). In any case, beware that this being a series, you shouldn't expect the plot to resolve itself completely by the end of the book. Personally I felt it was concluded enough and could be a stand alone story by itself (although that'd definitely be a bit frustrating on a number of ways). Additionally, the author is smart enough to know and properly apply simple physics concepts. Quite a lot on the book is structured on this aspect but it is taken so lightly throughout the story you get to actually learn a bit (or recap, depending on who is reading), while having fun.
    As other reviewers so perfectly put it, the narration is just awful. Some have compared it to first generation GPS', and that couldn't be more spot on. Download the sample and verify it... The strange thing is, in my opinion, the actual characters are not played THAT badly. They actually sound much better than the narrator of the story. Which to me means Peter can definitely do a better job. I wonder why the narrator is done so weirdly. Maybe as an unsuccessful attempt on setting the "space opera" mood to the book? Who knows...
    In any case, despite being just embarrassingly bad, don't let the narration put you off from getting this book. If you can struggle through the GPS sound in the beginning you can make it, and the story will more than compensate for it. @Audible, please add the rest of the series to your library, and if possible, make sure the versions are narrated by a different person...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Drg Little Rock, AR United States 08-01-17
    Drg Little Rock, AR United States 08-01-17 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "ACClarke"

    -characters pretty flat... real flat...
    -narrator did an admirable job
    -the story, I know is/was a multi award winner. I love SciFi and finally got around to this story, but... it was a little slow. Also, grav calcs/description maybe a little suspect in the maiden flight chapter which was off putting. The "Generation Ship" idea is intriguing so I will be finishing the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    R. Maines 07-31-17
    R. Maines 07-31-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "BDO"

    Although my opinion of the author has diminished over the years since I first read this book in the 80s, this book is an example of ACC at the peak of his writing career.

    Characterisation is paper thin, but the description of the Big Dumb Object that is Rama is excellent and thought provoking.

    Narration was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Paladin7785 07-31-17
    Paladin7785 07-31-17 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    43
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Voice actor"

    The story held my interest through the entire book but the narrator made it a struggle. His Indian accent was tolerable but otherwise he read like a robot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Douglas Grey 07-31-17 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "amazing. couldn't stop"

    whatever one calls a page turner in this format, this is that. well done team Clarke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeremy Nelson California 07-31-17
    Jeremy Nelson California 07-31-17 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    150
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Definitely one of the best!"

    I can see why this won so many awards, it is an absolute masterpiece of science fiction writing! It's all about the story an intriguing mystery of first contact; it does not bog down in character development nor too much technical detail but a fabulously engaging and meticulously crafted story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    subtitles 07-30-17
    subtitles 07-30-17 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    68
    30
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good old school Clark"
    Would you listen to Rendezvous with Rama again? Why?

    Possibly. The performances were good, and because this is some old school Clark, there is a lot of science I'd like to hear again.


    If you’ve listened to books by Arthur C. Clarke before, how does this one compare?

    There are two categories of Clark books. Old Clark and New Clark. His older books are more science driven, with the story wrapped around it. Then there are the newer books with the science wrapped around a strong story.

    If I were comparing this to older style books, I'd say this is one of his best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brenton Dyer 07-29-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Deserving of every award"

    The book itself is fantastic and compelling. Its few moments of comedy are astoundingly hilarious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    monicae Sacramento, CA USA 07-29-17
    monicae Sacramento, CA USA 07-29-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lackluster narration"

    Narration was lackluster. Story was also lackluster. Would not recommend to any person at this time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.