this is a classic Sci fi novel, written in the 60's, but still is relevant today. I loved the story and will definitely read more from this author. the story was also told well by the narrator.
I always find it weird when narrators do female voices. It makes all the women in the bookseem like cross dressing men in my head. This book and like that. The narrator differentiated the voices well. The story itself was fantastic.
In a late night, last minute purchase after swiping through book after book, I just said 'screw it, this'll do!'... Turned out to be one of the best SciFi books I've come across, ever. No spoilers - no regrets - click, buy, listen, love! -MAXIMUS
I loved the premise of the story which first interested me. I had held off purchasing due to the time it was written as most of these old sci fi books show their age with the tech they portray but this book did really well and even surprised me with the tech involving his pastime which could be used in a modern day book. Anyhow really enjoyed it and was narrated very well!
The rhythm of this story just moves you along - you are gently drawn in and become a believer without any pyrotechnics.
This book is the reason I am an Audible member. I don't think I would have found this little gem, even though it's a Hugo award winner. I'll be listening to more of Mr. Simak's work. Thoroughly enjoyable.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
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.
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.
Probably. I might want to remind myself of the details. The story was revealed in a very natural way.
It reminded me a little of "Out of the Silent Planet" by Arthur C. Clark because of the way earth's inhabitants were unaware of all of the other sentient species and their relationships outside.
When the simple girl got the alien device to work.
Are we left out of the brotherhood of intelligent species in the universe?