I like this type of book, but found that after listening for several hours I still was not able to anticipate where the story was going and lost patience with it. I may pick it back up again later.
Way Station by Clifford D. Simak. This was a throwback novel. Classic SF of the style that I haven't read in almost 20 years (I trend more toward military SF and urban fantasy). It definitely required a context switch but it is interesting to stretch my normal bound.
Enoch Wallace is a Civil War veteran who is living in the contemporary times(circa 1963 for the novel) and has finally attracted the attention of the government due to his lack of aging. Shortly after the the war he is offered the chance to become a station master in an chain of FTL transfer stations for travelers. He effectively is a hermit who has little interaction with society but talks with all the travelers who comes through.
Enoch only ages when he leaves his house, so he is aging at less than 1/24 normal, which is what finally draws the governments attention. There are a couple of threads that combine for a burst of activity toward the end and are fairly well wrapped up by the action. The writing has aged fairly well, and there is even concepts that are quite familiar as SF to modern readers (VR shooting range, aliens not so perfect). It does have some of the common threads of SF of the time (humans bad and immature, aliens superior) that does leave it feeling dated though.
I never read this author before and I found it quite entertaining to be exposed to him, definitely a good insightful book. I can definitely see why it won the Hugo for Best Novel in 1964.
nice idea for a scifi story. gets a bid stereotype and flat after the first few chapters. the end is very predictable.. narration was a bit 'childlike' all in all still ok.
Nice sci-fi with a home twist; the ending however, did culminate a bit too fast and not as well defined as the rest of the book but still a fine read!
Eric Michael Summerer does a terrific job narrating this pastoral masterpiece. He portrays Simak's characters with all the honesty, decency, and humanity that Clifford D. Simak put into them. Audible Frontiers has very kindly added an excellent and informative introduction written and read by another of Science Fiction's most humane authors, Mike Resnick! Audible Frontiers has been adding so many new titles it is hard to keep up. This one will slow things down for you and even make life a little simpler. Thanks Simak!
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
Good: The Mizar Math reminded me of Foundation by Asimov. Virtual Reality games in 1953. Long before Star Wars, we hear about The Force. He walks alone theme. Only seven hours long. Audio was better then reading the book.
Average: Enoch is a good man and good things happen to good people. Enoch is not ambitious and does not stand up for mankind too well, and if he was in a Heinlein novel he would get beat up a lot. The pace of the book is slow.
If your a big Heinlein fan I don't believe you will get into this book. If you like more easy listening, simple, then you may really like this. The first page of reviews are very positive, but if you look at the ratings, more people gave it a four then a five and there are lots of three's and some lower.