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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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    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Readalot SC USA 12-01-08
    Readalot SC USA 12-01-08
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    "Great book and very believable"

    I hesitated to buy this book because of the date it was written/published. I thought it would be very dated, etc. But, I was wrong: although, you could get picky on some of the references. I imagine now, that the way the book describes the encounter is pretty close to accurate, if Rama was friendly. My only complaint is the narrator for a couple characters was pretty much mono-toned. Hope this helps, JWP

    22 of 27 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.

    11 of 13 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.

    10 of 12 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.

    10 of 12 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

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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jay New Rochelle, NY, United States 04-06-16
    Jay New Rochelle, NY, United States 04-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great story. bad narrator."

    the. narrator. read every. sentence. two words. at a time. it was not pleasant to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gnorb Ft. Lauderdale, FL 02-21-16
    Gnorb Ft. Lauderdale, FL 02-21-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Great science fiction, but could use better characters"

    If you like hard scifi, this is definitely the book for you. The story was intriguing, and the pacing wonderful given the--ironically--down-to-earth nature of the story. (By which I mean, aside from the extra solar ship showing up, nothing else was really all that theatrical, and certainly I found no unnecessary theatrics.)

    My only complaint were the characters. I really wish they were a bit more colorful. Certainly. The Rama Committee was more interesting than anyone on the ship.

    The reading, though clean, was pretty stale, which my accentuated the lack of great character development.

    It's easy to see why this is a classic, but it's also not unreasonable to point out its flaws, from an entertainment standpoint.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 11-07-15
    Brian 11-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Unbearable Narration"

    Arthur C Clarke has long been a favorite author of mine, and his novels formed much of the basis of my love of SciFi and space in general. That being said, Peter Ganims narration of this book has actually managed to ruin my enjoyment of a classic story. Monotone enough that at times I thought it might be computer synthesized it made it completely impossible to sink into the narrative and appreciate the scenes that were being described.

    I highly recommend the story, as read by anyone else

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 08-20-14

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    "Intelligent Life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rendezvous with Rama to be better than the print version?

    No, because it could use better narration.


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

    Exploration of Rama, especially via firefly!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Too mundane.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was in awe!


    Any additional comments?

    One of my all time favorite books. This was my gateway to Sir Arthur C. Clarke's other superb writings. I just wanted to reread it a few decades after it was published. It still ranks among my favorite sci-fi books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Benjamin
    Brough, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    2/15/09
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    "Excellent Book, poorly read"

    This is one of my favourite books and it tells a mind blowing story but unfortunately the reader is very bland and for me this is a very important part of an audiobook!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    St AlbansUnited Kingdom
    2/27/09
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    "Disappointed"

    After reading all the great reviews and see all the awards it got. I was really looking forward to listening to this audio book. However after aprox 5 hours, I just had to stop.
    It was boring. This confused me. I've since come to the conclusion, that the narrator's dull tone, is what made me switch off. Shame really as like I said, I was really looking forward to listening

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • David
    10/28/09
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    "Rendezvous with Rubbish Narration"

    Don't get me wrong, the book is superb. Typically Clarke, more interested in the wonder of discovery than in deep and rounded characters, the book is nevertheless compelling and convincingly realistic.

    The narration however, leaves much to be desired. From a main character who can't decide between the Queen's English, the strains of the South Pacific, or Cockney, to general narration that is so staccato and uninflected that it could be voiced by Microsoft Narrator, this is quite possibly one of the single worst readings of a book I have ever come across.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chusan Services Ltd
    4/3/10
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    "Good and bad"

    This is a great story, probably Arthur C Clarke's best. What a shame Peter Gamin (the reader) has such a boring voice and condecending delivery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    4/1/09
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    "Beautiful imagery, nocharacter development"

    For people who love the imagery that a really well written Sci-Fi book can conjure, this is the book for you. A great adventure-in-space story. The only downside is the absence of any real character development or any human story - the characters are there merely as observers of what the author wants to show the reader/listener and to enact any action that needs to be executed to move the story on. We know very little of the people in the story, which may suit some listeners but I could have done with a little more to cement the story together.

    Still a beautifully written and well narrated story which I highly recommend.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Abe Azam
    UK
    10/27/16
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    "Surprising"

    When this book was recommended I did not think the plot could be very interesting. However the reason I rated it so high was how despite the lack of a obvious antagonist. I was on the edge of my sofa the whole time. I was interested in the characters and the world described.

    If your interested in the science fiction and humanities potential first steps out of our system give this book a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    11/9/14
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    "One of the best Sci Fi books written - seriously!"
    Where does Rendezvous with Rama rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The imagination displayed in this book is mind blowing. When you think that it was written in 1973! Man was still walking and driving on the moon at that time.
    He extrapolates a future, populates it, designs a whole world in a spaceship that is the size of Greater London and then lets you explore it.
    So his characterisation is not as strong as you might like. But the scope he gives you to think about what he is describing is fantastic.
    There are two great books about the first contact with aliens.
    This one and Larry Niven's 'Mote in God's Eye'. I can never decide which is better.


    Any additional comments?

    As an example of the power of the thinking here I have clipped in this section from Wikipedia…

    "Clarke invented the space study program which detects Rama, Project Spaceguard, as a method of identifying near-Earth objects on Earth-impact trajectories; in the novel it was initiated after an asteroid struck Italy on 11 September 2077, destroying Padua and Verona and sinking Venice.
    A real project named Spaceguard was initiated in 1992, named after Clarke's fictional project. After interest in the dangers of asteroid strikes was heightened by a series of Hollywood disaster films, the United States Congress gave NASA authorisation and funding to support Spaceguard."

    This man helped to make things happen by telling the world what they would look like.

    Expand your mind and listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glen
    wigan, United Kingdom
    10/31/11
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    "Peter Ganim"

    Just wanted to say that I was nearly put off puchasing this audio-book because of the bad reviews of the narration of Peter Ganim. Well I have to say I'm glad I did (purchase), because I realy enjoyed it. Well done Peter Ganim !
    Oh and by the way, the story is absolutly top class. Five stars allround.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tihobuf
    chafford hundred, United Kingdom
    9/5/11
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    "Shame for narator bad reading"

    One of the best SyFy books ever written, spoiled with amazing BAD narrator, with all do respect :)
    ...please get your self anything else but this book, don't waste your money or credit.
    Very badly disappointed :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    edinburgh, United Kingdom
    8/8/11
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    "rama review"

    Whilst of its time this is one of Clarks more fully formed and fleshed out worlds with characters that connect with the story rather than just inhabit a space within a wider plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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