Fun easy listen
I haven't listen to either sawyer or wyman. I would love to hear more from them.
The characters in the book were enjoyable. It was such a pleasure to like the characters, have an interesting plot. It was so much fun listening to the therapy sessions and exciting to find out why the plot plays out the way it does. Please bring more of the series.
Exciting times in a battle to survive against a vicious race and a grizzly environment. Human persistence, intellect, courage, and sacrifice lead to a surprise ending.
I really enjoyed the sci-fi part of the story, but the psychoanalytic exploration of the (part time) sociopathic protagnist was boring and indulgent (I guess it would have to be!?). I hope that the sequels explore more interesting, if less complex characters.
I read Gateway back in the '70s and remembered it as a book that sounded cool but disappointed me. Looking back, I wondered if perhaps it was just too mature or too difficult for me to relate to at a young age so I decided to give the audiobook a try. Oliver Wyman's reading is excellent and author Frederick Pohl's basic premise of abandoned alien ships that launch to pre-programmed, but unknown, destinations is one of the better ideas in science fiction. The book never quite delivers on the evocative promise of it's central idea, never quite evokes the sense of wonder, or horror, that you might expect from it. Instead, it focuses on it's flawed central character, Robinet Broadhead, as he faces both his fear of the unknown and the psychological after effects of a journey in one of the alien vessels. It makes for an interesting story but there's so little exploration of the intriguing concept that it's ultimately disappointing. We get a feel for Broadhead's experience but not enough of a feel for what humanity is finding out there, what the alien ships (and alien constructed setting of Gateway itself) are like. The author almost seems disinterested in them. They're a means of exploring Broadhead's character but as a character, he's not fully developed enough for that goal to make Gateway a completely satisfying read.
In the end, while Gateway is a good book and I can recommend it, my second experience with it was as disappointing as the first. If you choose to listen, just go in knowing this book is primarily a character study. Armed with that information, you may enjoy it much more than I did.
The concept of the Heechee and the technology they left behind is fascinating. It is a solid science fiction concept that would have been really interesting to pursue. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t explore the Heechee and their technology nearly enough. It dwells on Rob Broadhead, a blue collar minor on Earth lucky enough to win a lottery and travel to Gateway an become an interstellar explorer /miner.
Instead of going out to risk life and limb to learn about the universe and possibly become a wealthy man, Rob spends his time fearing the risks and acting as a coward.
Pohl tells Rob’s story through his time with a psychiatrist (computer based) and his memories of the events as they happened. The story telling is reasonably clever but not new (even in the 1980.) What should be the setup for an adventure ends up being the entire story. The ending (I won’t ruin it for you) reveals why Rob has such issues with this wealth and fame and why he feels incredibly guilty for his good fortune.
For me it just wasn’t that clever. Rob is a coward who lacks a moral compass and is generally the architect of his own misery. He is not a character the reader really wants to get to know. I was quite repulsed by his actions and choices and generally felt sorry for him throughout the story.
Most of the other characters weren’t any better. I expect that was by design but it didn’t resonate with me. There was so much potential for a diverse cast. Instead all the characters were similarly sick and flawed.
The story that was there to be told didn’t ever happen. Instead we learn why Rob is even more screwed up than he was before he became a “success”. The story should have centered more on the Heechee. If I someday read any of the other books in the series I hope that race will be further explored.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
This was an interesting piece of I think science fiction. The book is very bi-polar (I appoligize to those who know the clinical definition). The book chapter by chapter phases between a "current time" sessions with a psychoanalyzing computer, and a mans journey into space as a prospector. So, you get two books in one. A journey through a troubled mind, and a journey through space. I enjoyed space much better.
YES. I have to say I HATE dyspopia..period. And I wasn't sure about the slight dystopia plot..but I think some of the reviewers complained it was too technical...and you had me at technical. The characters become family. You cry at the loss. You are alarmed by the humanity...but not surprised at humans as a whole utter failure on this planet and leave the story being not so sure if they have learned abything...but gosh this book makes you ponder very deep and disturbing thoughts.
Actually, the Martian. You will see why when you read it.
I think both narrators did excellent jobs. And I like when there is a female and male narrator for the different parts...helps shake things up a bit.
"And one day, the stars dissapeared..."
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Frederick Pohl and his best series, you have to hear this. The most imaginative plot for the time which spans the whole series of books. Please buy this only if you truly like Sci-Fi and have imagination that enjoys wonders. Pohl’s Gateway world is original and engaging. Yes it was written a few decades ago (1977) and has some dated technology, but H.G. Wells is still very readable today so don’t let that deter you.
A must read for anyone in the Sci-Fi reader club. Gateway won the 1978 Hugo Award for Best Novel,] the 1978 Locus Award for Best Novel, the 1977 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1978 John W. Campbell Award.
The narrator, Oliver Wyman does a good job but his narration his average to good delivery is over shadowed by the story. Get the entire series.
I enjoyed this book. I had read the hard copy of this several time but the audiobook still brought more.
The story is a classic and the voice actors were very good. It's a credit well spent.
The ending is one you never see coming. the details of life are what sells it
Great voice great job
Get Rich or Die!!
I prefer my protagonists to be more mature and heroic. Robin Broadhead is a childish loser whom I don't want much to succeed at his endeavors. Development of the main characters is poor. They don't seem to talk to each other much since they are so busy drinking, using drugs and having sex. The only real insight we get into Robin's character is from his artificially intelligent computer psychiatrist. And this insight is only in retrospect after the events of the book.
The basic premise of the story is that humanity discovers around 1000 alien space ships that we don't know how to use properly. This is acceptable. What is not reasonable is that governments or corporations would entrust a bunch of incompetent, loser, rejects with 3 weeks of training to take these ships out. I believe the military would be flying these ships. If not, why not use highly trained and psychologically stable civilians I was not able to suspend my disbelieve regarding this basic premise.
I liked the AI psychiatrist character.
I don't understand how this famous Hugo awarded book is liked by so many when it seems so weak to me.