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Rama Revealed

Rama Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Series: Rama, Book 4
Length: 19 hrs
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Summary

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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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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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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  • Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
  • 06-01-15

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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Too Many Tears

There are aspects of this final Rama rendezvous which worked brilliantly. In particular, the treatment and discussion of the hard sci-fi was fascinating. But the excessive amounts of crying and protracted farewells spoilt the story, slowing the pace too much.

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OK, But happy when it concluded...

I've enjoyed the RAMA series, and was keen to conclude the huge story. The thing that originally grabbed me about Arthur C. Clarke's books was the scale of the concepts he explores, they're other worldly, and that's where I want to go with something like this. I can't recall quite how our heroine became such a key figure in the whole plot, but unless you're a fan of Nicole, her outward and inward perfection, and the painful sound of the narrator's interpretation of a french accent, I'd take this one in small bite size pieces, allowing yourself to reset in between sessions. Her family, and her relationships with all the other species on board RAMA are the focus of this book, the rest of it, the handling of the concept, seems to politely fit in around it. Many things seem to have been over simplified, the humans created words for things, sometimes nonsensical names for the plants building and creatures they encountered, yet all the other species use the same words for them, there's no logic in places where I expect to see it, it turned onto a bit of a kids book, and it grated on me slightly. The accents are just annoying, necessary some would say, but I found myself wincing when certain characters entered, however the general tone of the narration is top class, perhaps it's just my preference, the narrator's normal reading voice is perfect. In summary, too much people, I don't need to read a story set in the stars to read about people. Happy to hear it conclude.

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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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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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Least strong of the Rama books, and with poor audio editing

Toby Longworth gives a great performance, but is let down by poor audio editing (repeat phrases left in at multiple parts in the story).

The Rama series started with such promise, but becomes overly keen to put a religious stamp on what could have been a very interesting end to the story.

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Love the story but rough audio edits

Repeated spots where a paragraph is repeated once or sometimes twice which (for me) really drags you back out of the story

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It's pretty good, but...

The story is pretty good, but it's let down by the lazy reveal of the origin of Rama.

The performance is really good, but it's let down by the one character that apparently speaks in a whisper 1/10th the volume of everything else so if you're listening in a even slightly noisy environment you have to crank the volume so loud the other parts deafen you to hear the dialogue.

The production is pretty good except dozens of lines are repeated in seemingly random places, often with slightly different emphasis as though the narrator changed his mind, but no one edited one of them out.

Still a worthwhile book, but it felt like a bit of a let down after such a good series otherwise.

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  • Collin Taylor
  • 07-05-17

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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  • Csaba Haboczki
  • 05-03-17

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.