I have been immensely enjoying Rendezvous with Rama (Rama Series, Book 1) by Arthur C. Clarke this week and just as I am about to finish it tomorrow, I am glad there are still books two, three, and four awaiting me. I am listening to the audiobook version of it, thanks to Audible and I love the performance of the narrator: Toby Longworth. I am glad he reads all the books in the series. It’s a classic, and I am glad I got it now both versions of the series on the Kindle and as an audiobook. It’s a series, someone would want to return to and re-read or listen to again in the future.
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