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Rendezvous with Rama Audiobook

Rendezvous with Rama: Rama Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

This audiobook was re-recorded with a new narrator, and the new product uploaded on 25th June 2014. Please note that written reviews prior to that date refer to a different narrator.

Winner of the 1973 Nebula and BSFA Awards and the 1974 Hugo, Campbell, and Locus Awards.

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than 10 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'.

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.

©1973 Arthur C. Clarke (P)2013 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Arthur C. Clarke is awesomely informed about physics and astronomy, and blessed with one of the most astounding imaginations ever encountered in print." (New York Times)
"Arthur C. Clarke is one of the truly prophetic figures of the space age ... The colossus of science fiction." (New Yorker)
"Quite memorable and at times magical... We glimpse our own future in this technological artifact - a future as magical as it is mysterious." (Brian W Aldiss)
"For many readers Arthur C. Clarke is the very personification of science fiction." (The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction)

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    Richard 06/07/2014
    Richard 06/07/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "New Narrator is briliant"
    What made the experience of listening to Rendezvous with Rama the most enjoyable?

    I had listened to this book when it was first published in Audible format and the narrator performance was so dull.
    Then they brought in Toby Longworth and suddenly the book became alive.


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

    On a darkling Plain...Ben Bova


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Not sure


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent vintage sci fi book that was saved by an excellent narrator from the clutches of a poor one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Adam M. Bushill London, England 17/12/2013
    Mr. Adam M. Bushill London, England 17/12/2013 Member Since 2012

    Bush

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    "One of the best books ever made so dull"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really love this book and have read it a number of times in dead tree form, I was really excited when an e-mail from Audible advised me that it was available to buy as it was one of the first books I looked for when I signed up.
    This is an exciting and vibrant book full of wonder and mystery made cold, grey, dull and oh my god tedious by the slow, flat, monotone narration. It's like listening to an old maths teacher who has given up the will to live going over material that he has been teaching for the past four decades to a class of dead eyes students.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Worst narrator ever. How does this guy get so much work?


    30 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    P. Joseph Wales, UK 08/01/2016
    P. Joseph Wales, UK 08/01/2016
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    "Excellent classic sci fi!"

    Excellent classic sci fi performed very well! Engaging story full of mystery! A well earned four stars! I'm sure the remainder of the series will be just as engaging!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J Z A 06/12/2015
    J Z A 06/12/2015
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    "Classic SciFi"

    Undated as it is well written and doesn't make predictions which are always partially wrong at best. The story of first encounter with another intelligence and the unfolding of a basic understanding. First in a trilogy.
    Excellent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natsume UK 05/12/2015
    Natsume UK 05/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book, excellent audio"
    Where does Rendezvous with Rama rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great story told in classic Clarke style. An engaging array of characters set in a world of the future that brings into question thoughts on progress, science and discovery. On top of this Toby Longworth is excellent in bringing the story to life with his range of voices and accents with all their nuances. A real joy to listen to.


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

    I suppose there were moments that reminded me of 'The Martian' - exploration and dealing with problems encountered.


    Which character – as performed by Toby Longworth – was your favourite?

    All of them were great


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

    Not to spoil the book but discoveries made on Rama


    Any additional comments?

    A great story filled with subtle commentary

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Russell London UK 29/11/2015
    M. Russell London UK 29/11/2015 Member Since 2015

    Matt

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    "High end science fiction, from one of it's masters"

    very good naration. can't wait for part 2. Despite the age of the book it remains very modern and prescient.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. J. Davies 16/11/2015
    A. J. Davies 16/11/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Well worth a listen"

    Excellent audiobook of a classic hard sf story. The science is a bit dated and it's a little sexist like a lot of Clarke, but still plenty of incredible imagery and original ideas here. I'm not sure if the narrator has changed looking at other reviews but Toby Longworth was excellent: clear characterisation and variation, good tone/pace etc.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Cooke Manchester, UK 15/09/2015
    S. Cooke Manchester, UK 15/09/2015 Member Since 2012

    _c00k1e_

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    "An interesting thought experiment"

    An unusual book in that there are no marauding aliens set on world domination, no mad scientist set on world domination, in fact nobody trying to dominate at all, well maybe the inhabitants of mercury !

    Anyway, I describe this as a thought experiment and I like that term, strange vessel approaches the inner reaches of the solar system, humans board it, alt hey investigate it, but they struggle for answers.

    Well worth a read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kay.piercy CREDITON, United Kingdom 12/01/2014
    kay.piercy CREDITON, United Kingdom 12/01/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "fascinating story one of the best ever"
    What disappointed you about Rendezvous with Rama?

    I was disappointed by the wooden monatonic narrator who, for me, appeared to lack interest in the story and spoilt this audio book


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

    Books by Philip K Dick ignite the imagination


    How could the performance have been better?

    The story teller having passion and interest for the story


    What character would you cut from Rendezvous with Rama?

    In this instance the narrator


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Patch Staffordshire 04/01/2014
    Patch Staffordshire 04/01/2014 Member Since 2012

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    "Great book, terrible narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is one of the great science fiction stories and I had waited so long for an audio version to come out. This fantastic book was literally murdered by the appalling narration. What were the producers thinking? It is read so badly with incorrectly placed emphasis, inexplicable pauses, plodding rhythm that would only be forgivable if the narrator was reading in something other than his native language. As a previous reviewer pointed out, it is read like a really bored teacher reading a passage to an uninterested class. Just awful. Really can't stress how awful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rendezvous with Rama is not famous for it's well rounded characterisations, however that really doesn't matter in this story.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer ?

    Anyone, anyone at all!


    Did Rendezvous with Rama inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, read the book again to get the sound of this recording out of my head and replace it with my inner reading voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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  • Richard Mackey
    29/06/16
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    "Well read"

    He does a good job with all the different accents. I read the books as a kid and really enjoyed this narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Grimmer
    29/03/16
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    "A great book."

    A true sci-fi classic. compelling and satisfying. Possible to finish in a day, it makes a great travelling book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    26/08/14
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    "Fabulous book that was captured perfectly"
    If you could sum up Rendezvous with Rama in three words, what would they be?

    Mystery,suspense, adventure


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

    When they first opened the outer door i felt as though i was there, waiting in the cold vacum of space to see what lies within-gripping!


    Which character – as performed by Toby Longworth – was your favorite?

    None in particular as i liked them all.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If i could i would have!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recomend this story as on of A.c.C's best. I can't wait to hear the other 3 parts once they are available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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