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Rama II

Rama Series, Book 2
Written by: Arthur C. Clarke
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
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The sequel to Rendezvous with Rama: the only SF novel to sweep all SF awards and one of the best sellers of all time.

In 2130, an alien spaceship, Rama, entered our solar system. The first product of an alien civilisation to be encountered by man, it revealed many wonders to mankind; but most of its mysteries remained unsolved.…

Sixty-six years later, a second approaching spacecraft was detected; four years on, the Ramans are definitely returning. But this time, Earth is ready. And maybe now, with the arrival of Rama II, some of the questions posed by Rama will at last be answered.

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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Not a true sequel

I didn't realize when I bought this book, but it was actually co-authored with Arthur C Clark based on his classic Rendezvous with Rama. Unfortunately it shows. The writing is just not the same, it focuses much more on some fairly silly interpersonal issues rather than continuing with the tale of exploration and discovery where Rendezvous leaves off. I was disappointed, and I'm lot sure if I'll continue onto with the Rama series.

The narration, however, is very good.

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  • Suzy
  • 2019-03-25

Waste of time

If you liked the first book then you will hate this one. Chapter 17, and drones have entered Rama 2, the rest is character building, and I mean LOTS of character building and quite a heavy push into mysticism and religion. Don’t waste your time.
PS: The narrator was superb.

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  • Wanita
  • 2014-08-04

Boring

What was most disappointing about Arthur C. Clarke’s story?

The book goes on and on about each character and the past. really bad and boring. Skipped many chapters and tried to get to the actual story..........

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