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He does a good job with all the different accents. I read the books as a kid and really enjoyed this narration.
A true sci-fi classic. compelling and satisfying. Possible to finish in a day, it makes a great travelling book.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
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
What other book might you compare Rendezvous with Rama to, and why?
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.
Which character – as performed by Toby Longworth – was your favourite?
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.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, but I can't listen to any audiobook for more than an hour or so, regardless of how good it is.
Any additional comments?
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Excellent narrative performance. Kept me inspired and fascinated the whole way through. The story still feels modern and relevant.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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
really easy to finish. Reader could do with a little more enthusiasm at times but all in all a good read