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Rama II Audiobook

Rama II: Rama Series, Book 2

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The sequel to Rendezvous with Rama: the only SF novel to sweep all SF awards and one of the best sellers of all time.

In 2130, an alien spaceship, Rama, entered our solar system. The first product of an alien civilisation to be encountered by man, it revealed many wonders to mankind; but most of its mysteries remained unsolved....

Sixty-six years later, a second approaching spacecraft was detected; four years on, the Ramans are definitely returning. But this time, Earth is ready. And maybe now, with the arrival of Rama II, some of the questions posed by Rama will at last be answered.

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.

©1989 Arthur C. Clarkes & Gentry Lee (P)2014 Audible Studios

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    Athos 01/11/2015
    Athos 01/11/2015
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    "Worst sequel I've read in a long time."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be enjoyable to those who are not familiar with good sci-fi, though as they would have read the first book presumably I expect everyone will be disappointed with this book.


    What will your next listen be?

    Something not by Gentry Lee.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine, I don't think he could much more with the material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, this book is a terrible follow-up to Rama.


    Any additional comments?

    It's been said before, but this book was not written by Clarke and it shows, oh how it shows. It's utterly infuriating how it focuses not on Rama for most of the book but constantly digresses into backstory of the dull characters that have been sent to meet Rama, and those backstories really are a chore to sit through. Lee just needs to get to the point, maybe the publisher had a word count limit he had to get across because my word that it drone on.

    All in all, not great.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Morris London, UK 25/08/2015
    S. Morris London, UK 25/08/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "Takes A While To Get Going"

    I had read the first Rama novel, Rendezvous with Rama many years ago as a
    child and had found myself rapt with its story of adventure and exploration
    of the complete unknown. After having rediscovered this book now available
    in audio form and narrated by Toby Longworth, I had relived my childhood
    wonder by my second reading - or should I say listening of this classic.
    However, I also spotted a sequel, Rama II which I had no idea was even
    written and so knew this would be my next book selection on Audible. I could
    also see that the excellent Toby Longworth narrated this one too and so
    with great expectations I delved into the second instalment of the Rama
    series of books.

    My overriding complaint about this story is the totally unnecessary first 14
    chapters. So much background history of the Earth after the previous Rama
    encounter was given that was frankly just boring and did nothing for the
    story. To me, this was pure padding of the worst kind and served to delay
    the real start of the story until chapter 15. We also get a lot of other
    socialization scenarios of the main characters dealt with in the wasteful
    preamble too that also does nothing for the story. In my opinion the book
    could have really started at chapter 15 which is where our odd crew finally
    end up in space and approaching Rama II.

    There followed a few chapters also wasted on really quite odd and
    superfluous back stories before finally getting into the teeth and main
    purpose of the narrative which was the exploration of Rama II. Once we do
    get to Rama II the story immediately becomes more interesting but I felt
    that the time spent there by the Newton crew was somewhat wasted as they
    didn't seem to really explore too much. Given the size of the party
    exploring the huge space craft I felt that multiple smaller teams could be
    dotted around the vast interior and each could then ad to the detail of new
    mysteries as they uncovered them. In some ways the previous book had the
    crew exploring more aspects of Rama with the other key cities like Paris
    and London seeing individuals or teams at least do some cursory
    investigation. However, great emphasis is placed upon catching one of Rama's
    crab-like robots which then was subsequently once captured hardly ever
    mentioned again. In addition, the barely explored southern hemi-cylinder was
    mostly ignored once more in favour of previously explored areas like the
    city of New York and the cylindrical sea. Now, having said all this I would
    like to point out that once the reader gets past all the unnecessary stuff
    at the start of the book there is still an interesting story here and we do
    get to see some new places inside Rama and so worth reading if for nothing
    else but to set you up for the far more interesting third instalment in the
    Rama series "The Garden of Rama".

    The other oddity of this book and in fact several others in the sci-fi
    genre I've read and from other authors is the incongruities of some aspects
    of future life and technology. bear in mind that my observations are not
    meant
    to put readers off this story but rather as an aside to highlight how
    authors do strange things that just don't make sense. OK, so this book is
    set around the year 2200 and so it is rather remarkable that 23rd century
    society still has people smoking cigarettes. Given the social trends even at
    the time of writing this book, it is clear that smoking would very likely be
    a thing of the past some 200 years into the future from the authors current
    reference point. One reviewer stated that this book is of its time and I
    believe hinted at a 1970's vintage for this story. I was actually surprised
    to learn that this story was written around 1986 which makes these noted
    oddities even less forgivable. Additionally, the technology used is
    inconsistent too in that we see the use of "data cubes" for what appears to
    be for storing personnel files and yet the reference to video tape and audio
    tape is also made which suggests that at the time of writing that the term
    "data" in a computer storage sense was thought to only apply to text files
    and that video and audio data was still regarded as being stored on tape.
    Quite amazingly short sighted and limiting notions considering the pedigree
    of the authors in other technical areas. One character in the story made
    mention of 30 books stored in her electronic notebook which also hints at
    the lack of understanding at just how vast memory storage would become in
    the far future. Given the computing trends already evident at the time of
    writing the book it is clear that two decades of development let alone two
    centuries
    would see storage capacities expand exponentially.

    The other rather limiting thing the authors did back in the first book and
    so are tied into now is the notion that the Soviet Union persists into the
    23rd century and how it would appear that only Cosmonauts rather than the
    NASA Astronauts exist anymore. To assume that such political and ideological
    concepts as the Soviet block would still exist centuries hence is therefore
    locking the author and story into something already outdated. Another
    renowned sci-fi author, been Bova also made this mistake in some of his
    stories too and I wondered why such experienced authors that tell stories
    set in the future make such references. Had the author said Russian rather
    than Soviet he would've been on far less shaky ground as far as future
    events were likely to unfold. Of course, no one can predict the shape of
    future events but including such references when not necessary to the
    narrative seems strange.

    In addition, like Bova, Clarke and Lee have written into this story a rather
    flawed group of characters for the most part. We see a crew that has one
    member fall pregnant on the way to Rama II and a party involving free use
    of alcohol which I find incredibly silly considering that the crew members
    selected for such an historic and important mission could be allowed to
    indulge in such things in addition to some of the petty squabbles or
    friction seen at times. I'm not suggesting that there should be no human
    foibles written into such a story but the level of unprofessionalism at
    times is head-scratchingly odd to me.

    Oh, one other thing I spotted was that the age of the universe was quoted at
    18 billion years rather than the long accepted 13 odd billion as I recall. I
    don't know if this was thought to be the case back in 1986 so I cannot be
    sure I'm not being unfair but if this current belief was known back at the
    books writing then this is very bad considering Gentry Lee's credentials.

    Again, I stress that my rather sterile critique of the more technical flaws
    in this book as outlined above should not put you off it. , Rama II despite its flaws has to be read if
    you are planning to read the entire Rama series of books. if you started
    this book at chapter 15 you'd save yourself a dull history lesson and
    character back stories and then the other niggles mentioned would be just a
    secondary minor matter.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    PJ United Kingdom 20/03/2015
    PJ United Kingdom 20/03/2015
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    "Book of its time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rama II to be better than the print version?

    You can drive safely with the audio book...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked all the characters. All were quite sketchy and a little corny by today's standards, mind you. I guess I'd go for the American general or the mardy chief scientist. That said. most of the people in it are characters you'll love to hate.


    What about Toby Longworth’s performance did you like?

    He kept to the vintage vibe of the book very well.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A rich slice of the future, 1970s style.


    Any additional comments?

    You need to take yourself back in time to when this book was written to enjoy the future it portrays. It's a very good story of you can do that. There are some laugh out loud moments though. Why does the chief female character (medic) also have to be an Olympic athlete who had an illegitimate child with the king of England? It's all a bit 'pass the brandy and cigars - we're going to have a business meeting now'. but it's charming in its own way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GhostMuppet Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom 18/10/2014
    GhostMuppet Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom 18/10/2014 Member Since 2016

    Internet Application developer who also enjoys good quality SciFi/Fantasy, board games and future Taekwondo black belt.

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    "Enjoyable, but nowhere near as good as the first"

    This is a sequel to the amazing first book by Arthur C Clarke. It was written by Gentry Lee and Arthur C. Clarke, though i believe the former had the majority influence.
    It felt like a retelling of the first story again, but with more people. It was not as much fun as the first book, as you already knew what they were going to see when they descended. There were some good character moments, and the ending screams for another book (which there are).
    While i do regret reading this book, i don't think i would have missed out if i didn't.

    The quality of the audio was acceptable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RWL 11/01/2016
    RWL 11/01/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Uninspired"
    What did you like best about Rama II? What did you like least?

    The best thing about Rama II is the sense of anticipation left over from the original Rama, which was great.


    Has Rama II put you off other books in this genre?

    It's certainly put me off the kind of book that just seems to have one name to promote it and another to write it. The writing style is different from the original, but with a few Arthur C Clarke tropes thrown in. Arthur C Clarke stories are speculative; they make you think 'what if' - this doesn't. Some scenes are actually (unintentionally) corny to the point of bad comedy.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The opening scenes were quite good but failed to live up to the greatness of the original.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    If it was on TV I'd leave it on but would probably go to sleep half way through


    Any additional comments?

    Well enough read, but this story doesn't really contain the stuff you want from an Arthur C Clarke novel - in short, quite bland.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ruuman UK, Surrey 27/09/2015
    ruuman UK, Surrey 27/09/2015 Member Since 2014

    ruuman

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    "much weaker than the original rama"

    it was OK, but the switch to concentrating on the people rather than the mysteries of rama was a shame, especially as the characters were quite dull and predictable with little depth. will still probably listen to the next

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryuto Sheffield, United Kingdom 10/09/2014
    Ryuto Sheffield, United Kingdom 10/09/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "This simply cannot have been written by A.C Clarke"
    What would have made Rama II better?

    Jettisoning Gentry Lee before writing the novel.


    Has Rama II put you off other books in this genre?

    Its put me off any book with Gentry Lee as one of the authors.


    What does Toby Longworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He does a brilliant job considering the vast number of nationalities that have unnecessarily been introduced into the story Some of his accents are a little....inaccurate eg. Cantonese accent instead of a Japanese accent, but he has an excellent voice for reading with gravitas as wider expression.


    What character would you cut from Rama II?

    Most of them! They were cliched, predictable, one dimensional and all far too perfect for a novel with the women being in ownership of 'long blonde hair' and exquisite fashion sense (described ad nauseum) right down to the 'dishonored' Japanese character.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed the first novel and hold it as being a masterpiece, please don't listen to this follow up as it will taint your perceptions of the concept. I was desperate to know the secrets of the Ramans but now, after this awful book, I'll just let it remain a mystery.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Edg 20/09/2016
    Edg 20/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the author's finest work"

    I'm a big ACC fan, but this drags on a whole lot longer than Rendezvous with Rama.

    if you rated the first book as 7 or 8 out of 10, then you're not missing out hugely if you skip this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. A. Moore Redditch UK 16/06/2016
    Mr. A. Moore Redditch UK 16/06/2016 Member Since 2015

    Listen while travelling. Epics are preferred.

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    "Good follow up setting scene for rest of story"

    A good story set some 70 years after the first Rama story so has completely different characters.
    I wouldn't say this is a great story, but it is a good story with several parts that read more like Gentry Lee than typical Arthur C Clarke. A lot of background information, future history if you like trying to set the scene but padding it out more than adding to it.
    So obviously a lead in story to Garden of Rama and Rama Revealed which compete the cycle.
    Worth a listen though with good narration.
    Not my favourite by any stretch of the imagination but one I could listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Seth 25/03/2016
    Seth 25/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Arthur C Clarke at his best."

    Absolutely loved Rendezvous with Rama, but Rama two was next level in comparison. His expansion of the alien world further is magical but the addition of characters you can actually connect with and feel something for brought the story onto a whole new personal level with fantastic twists and turns leaving you not knowing who to trust. Also leads fantastically into the next book which I'm already looking forward to! Classic science fiction writing from a master of the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Wanita
    04/08/14
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    "Boring"
    What was most disappointing about Arthur C. Clarke’s story?

    The book goes on and on about each character and the past. really bad and boring. Skipped many chapters and tried to get to the actual story..........


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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