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Publisher's 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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The recording is poorly edited, with lines often repeated, and story not as good as earlier entries in the Rama series

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Absolutely horrible. a real struggle to finish.

Absolutely horrible. a real struggle to finish.
incredibly annoying and dumb. the first book was really good. the second was pretty bad and they just got worse.

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great read

fantastic book. the reader has a great wealth of voices and does the different accents very well. would recommend

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Rama 4 Fini

A rambling narrative of life and relationships of a multispecies collective in a controlled environment

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  • Collin Taylor
  • 07-05-2017

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
  • 05-03-2017

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.

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  • S. Morris
  • 26-08-2015

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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  • Ash
  • 06-01-2015

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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  • P Anderson
  • 30-11-2020

better than the last but still not very good

An unsatisfying end to an unnecessary trilogy of sequels. I recommend that you listen only to the first book and leave the three Gentry Lee co-wrote.

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  • D. Jennings
  • 12-08-2020

Dated and disappointing

Beware. Good narration, bad editing, awful story. Leave it in the past where it belongs.

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  • Marie Harrison
  • 14-08-2019

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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  • redfeend
  • 20-02-2015

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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  • Leighton Gill
  • 21-11-2020

Tedious

Love Arthur C Clarke, and the narrator is excellent, but I just wasn’t taken by the story at all. Humans were portrayed as shallow and violent and they felt like they were from the 1700’s not the 24th(?) century.
The aliens didn’t come across as advanced at all, considering that they built Rama etc.
Overall, hugely disappointing.

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  • Kerry wainwright
  • 18-06-2020

Rama real dull


The story could have been so much more entertaining instead of a dull longwinded ramble

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  • Edgar Davids
  • 11-12-2018

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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  • Derfel C
  • 30-10-2017

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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