I have been reading Sci-Fi and Fantasy since I was very young starting with Space Cat in the early 50's. Graduating to Norton, Heinlein.
I do not need 3 words...only 2=
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No favorite scene.
Waystation at the end of the Galaxy.
I wasn't sure if I would connect with this one or if it would feel 'old fashioned'. I think it has stood the test of time pretty well: I cared about the main character and felt the story was original. The writing was fine, even eloquent at times. Worth the listen.
I picked this up because it was on sale and an award winner from way back that I had never read. I'm often disappointed by old SciFi because huge technological innovations like personal computers, the internet, etc were not envisioned (even by visionaries like Azimov or Clarke) so if the story is set in the future it falls apart due to the obvious lack of current technology. That is not a problem here as this story is set in the early 60s, so it's not dated by the fact that it is now 50 years old. You can read the basic plot line on Amazon if you want it. I found it to be an engaging story and I'm glad I picked it up. Even 50 years later I can see why it won an award. By coincidence I next bought Robert Wilsons " A bridge of years" and it has a very similar plot, written 30 years later, but taking place in 1989 and 1962, the same year as Way Station! The two made an interesting pair of bookends for similar ideas.
This is a great example of a real story. No cussing , no sex, and it's still great! I found it involving and fun.
Would love to listen to more Simak books!
What a fun book! lot of reviews called this dated and perhaps it was......But who cares! This audiobook was one of those that you cant stop listening to. I loved it!
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
OK it is a dated story.It was written some time ago.
The ideas interest me.
Perhaps this is a story better read. The narrator seemed to detract from the story. I will listen again and if I can find a copy in my local library, read this one.
The idea of a 'way station' is interesting to say the very least. The ideas of the story represent themselves at different times to me while I am doing something elce..This story sparks my own creativity. Within the story is a caution about responsibility for our own creations...Interesting.
The mode and style of intergalactic travel presented, the problems of longevity, the gift of the 'less fortunate', the responsibility of creation and the nature of friendship are all here.
Just as interesting is the the time this was written. The 1950's saw mass media reporting on, and, ordinary people photographing UFO in our skies.
I understand why it won awards. This is maybe better read in a book. Yet I possibly would not have selected it from my local council Library. If Science Fiction interests you, yes get the audio. If you are looking for pure escapism, well maybe your credit is better used on another audio book. The 3 stars is more this an audio book.
It is a gem.
Good conceptualization. Interesting from a brotherhood of galactic species perspective. Not full of technical details because alien tech is seen, but not understood. Classic. (Review by Rick)