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
“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)
This book came out not all that long after we landed on the moon. Yet it still hols up after all these decades. Sure there are a few dated references, but nothing that detracts from the experience.
The narrator does a wonderful job, especially with the accents.
My only issue is why the other books aren't available as the story has hooked me.
If you are into mystery and sci-fi then I recommend this book.
Not into reading but I love to listen !! Interested into world events and the future
Eye opening tho passive drama. This story whilst complete effectively leaves you with many questions...
Toby Longworth is one of the best narrators I have come across, with a great gift for accents. He does one of the best science fiction novels of all time great justice. Fantastic!
Having read the book several times over the years I was surprised how much I enjoyed the story as an audio book. The written story was getting dated but as an audio book it was fresh and invigorating. Recommended to anyone who enjoyed the book and would appreciate a refresh of the excitement from reading the book for the first time.
He does a good job with all the different accents. I read the books as a kid and really enjoyed this narration.
"A great book."
A true sci-fi classic. compelling and satisfying. Possible to finish in a day, it makes a great travelling book.
"Fabulous book that was captured perfectly"
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!
None in particular as i liked them all.
If i could i would have!
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.
"New Narrator is briliant"
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.
On a darkling Plain...Ben Bova
Excellent vintage sci fi book that was saved by an excellent narrator from the clutches of a poor one.
"One of the best books ever made so dull"
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.
Worst narrator ever. How does this guy get so much work?
"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!
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 book, excellent audio"
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.
I suppose there were moments that reminded me of 'The Martian' - exploration and dealing with problems encountered.
All of them were great
Not to spoil the book but discoveries made on Rama
A great story filled with subtle commentary
"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.
"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.
"fascinating story one of the best ever"
I was disappointed by the wooden monatonic narrator who, for me, appeared to lack interest in the story and spoilt this audio book
Books by Philip K Dick ignite the imagination
The story teller having passion and interest for the story
In this instance the narrator
Review of Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C Clarke
This is a good story, with plenty of innovative ideas and a feeling of adventure. It is set in 2131, when a newly set up comet-monitoring programme called Safeguard detected the Rama spacecraft beyond Jupiter. The “world” inside a cylindrical spacecraft about 50km x 20km takes some time to picture and I still haven't fully grasped it yet.
An Earth spacecraft was sent to investigate Rama, and the crew were able to park on the hull of the ship and then enter through an airlock. They set up a base camp, from which they sent out exploration parties.
There are a number of “cities” in the cylinder, which the author did not spend much time exploring. The Earth astronauts who examined the space ship had limited time to find out what they could before the ship got too close to the Sun, and the whole thing was totally alien, so they explored what they could, in a rather haphazard way.
As a standalone book, written in 1972, Arthur C Clarke has used his imagination and knowledge to write a thought-provoking book which leaves the reader thinking about the implications of what has been described. The author left plenty of questions unanswered, so although he has stated that he did not intend to write a sequel, he certainly left himself plenty of scope for one. Rendezvous with Rama is a short book; I have also read Rama II which is twice the length and has much more space to develop characters and actions.
The narration of Rendezvous with Rama, by Toby Longworth, is good, with clearly different voices for each of the characters.
"Great book, terrible narration"
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.
Rendezvous with Rama is not famous for it's well rounded characterisations, however that really doesn't matter in this story.
Anyone, anyone at all!
Yes, read the book again to get the sound of this recording out of my head and replace it with my inner reading voice.
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