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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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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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