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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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    Craig 12/11/2016
    Craig 12/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Still Holds Up"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Aitken 20/09/2016
    Andrew Aitken 20/09/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    really easy to finish. Reader could do with a little more enthusiasm at times but all in all a good read

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    Peter 03/07/2016
    Peter 03/07/2016 Member Since 2016

    Not into reading but I love to listen !! Interested into world events and the future

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    "Lively Read"

    Eye opening tho passive drama. This story whilst complete effectively leaves you with many questions...

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    Leah 02/12/2015
    Leah 02/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narration for classic sci fi!"

    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!

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    Mobsy Australia 31/01/2015
    Mobsy Australia 31/01/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story with a new perspective"

    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.

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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.

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  • 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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  • Richard
    6/07/14
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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.<br/>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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Adam M. Bushill
    London, England
    17/12/13
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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. <br/>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?


    31 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Nina
    UK
    21/05/17
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    "Rendezvous with reading pleasure."

    Arthur C. Clarke did something incredible here and his novel belongs in the upper escelons of any classic Sci-Fi collection. It is very difficult to imagine that this book was written decades ago, as it is still so ahead of its time. He really did have a magnificent imagination.

    The science behind the story is eminently believable and this gives the reader a unique and enjoyable listen. The author has woven his experience as a pilot and physist and this is reflected in the way the characters speak and act, conveying an understanding of the science without ever overloading the listener with technical jargon. It really is a very well-balanced read. It is wonderful.

    The book does not give you all the answers which serves to build tension, and gives the plot an air of mystery, making it more interesting and open to interpretations. You can easily let your imagination fly.

    Toby Longworth's narration is good and makes 'Rendezvous with Rama' a perfect listen, well worth the price of a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • P. Joseph
    Wales, UK
    8/01/16
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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
  • J Z A
    UK
    6/12/15
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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
  • Natsume
    UK
    5/12/15
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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
  • M. Russell
    London UK
    29/11/15
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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
  • A. J. Davies
    16/11/15
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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
  • kay.piercy
    CREDITON, United Kingdom
    12/01/14
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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
  • Ian
    Dartford, United Kingdom
    29/09/14
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    "Thought-provoking"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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