The Garden of Rama : Rama

  • by Arthur C Clarke, Gentry Lee
  • Narrated by Toby Longworth, Louise Jameson
  • Series: Rama
  • 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the year 2130 a mysterious spaceship, Rama, arrived in the solar system. It was huge, but empty - apparently abandoned. By the time Rama departed for its next unknown destination many wonders had been uncovered, but few mysteries solved. Only one thing was clear: everything the enigmatic builders of Rama did, they did in threes.
Eighty years later the second alien craft arrived in the solar system. This time, Earth had been waiting. Now Rama II is on its way out of the solar system. Aboard it are three humans, two men and a woman, left behind when the expedition departed. Ahead of them lies the unknown, a voyage no human has ever experienced; and at the end of it may lie the truth about Rama.
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.

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Customer Reviews

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Darkness & Light. Really enjoyable

Would you listen to The Garden of Rama again? Why?

Yes I would, in a year or so. I'm sure I'd enjoy it again. There is so much detail in the Rama books that you are bound to find bits you missed the first time.


Who was your favorite character and why?

They're all good, human and alien. Are the Octospiders goodies or baddies?


What does Toby Longworth and Louise Jameson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Toby Longworth is a brilliant narrator. He is interesting to listen to. The main advantage to audio files over physical books is that you can multi task. I usually have a book running while I'm cooking the evening meal.
I'm sure Louise Jameson reads well in her natural voice, but she makes a hash of her section of this book. I would have given up if she had been the only reader. Her attempt at a French accent is like the proverbial "car crash". Her accent comes across as a mash up of German, Chinese & a little French. She's simply awful. I breathed a sigh of relief when her section was finished :-(


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end. Left me wanting more. Luckily there was another volume to follow.


Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this classic book. Each Rama book is better than the last. It demonstrates both the best and especially the worst of human nature. Best read in sequence after Rendezvous with Rama but before Rama Revealed. If you like Clarke, you will like these books.

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- redfeend

Too much soap-opera.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would only recommend this book to die-hard Rama fans who are slogging their way through the last three books in the series to see how it ends. This really is 90% soap-opera filler, 10% sci-fi. The whole series feels like Clarke gave Lee a few pages of actual story which is now spread out over far, far too much bread, with said bread being rather stale.

Having just read a book by Lem I was struck by just how poor (other than the first) these Rama books are and how devoid of ideas they are. Some of the mystery from the first book is explained but frankly, I'd rather not have known, it takes the magic away from the first book. I really disliked most of the characters, Nicole, her children, all the colonists, it was just awful. The soap-opera drama was of no interest to what a reader of Clarke craves which is is hard sci-fi.

In the end, I just think this is terribly mediocre book.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

My reaction to the ending was 'phew, only one more book to go in this series and I'll cross it off my list'.


Which character – as performed by Toby Longworth and Louise Jameson – was your favourite?

None really, I really just don't like any of these characters, they are frightfully dull.


Do you think The Garden of Rama needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Well it has one so it would seem to.


Any additional comments?

I recommend getting it when it's on special, or better yet, not at all.

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- Athos

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-08-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios