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.
“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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Well read with distinctive character voices.
It's an old book, and has dated somewhat - if I wanted to recommend a "classic" that is well read and presented this would be a good choice. The story and plot stands up reasonably well to modern critique, but the listener has to keep reminding themselves that it was written in 1973
For narrative, Clarke's better known book - 2001: A Space Odyssey - is an obvious choice. I don't have this on audiobook, so cannot comment on the reading, but for a story, it's the one to choose.
Easily Commander Bill Norton - Longworth's easy-going Australian accent made him stand out, while at the same time not stand out as a stereotype. The book does identify Norton as Australian, so the accent makes sense, but it's well done.
No, but I can't listen to any audiobook for more than an hour or so, regardless of how good it is.
Longworth is a good reader. I generally only listen to audiobooks that I already have in print, and I loathe readers that are literally just re-iterating the printed word. I could do that. I want a reader who puts life into the characters and emotion into the narrative - Longworth does that without being over the top.
- In car listener
Classic tale of ever-unfolding intrigue.
- Mr Ben Bland