One of the best and most unique sci-fi books I have ever read. It was mainly unique from a character point of view and the going back and forth from the past to the present. It was awesome!!
As the final scenes began to unfold, I was, to my surprise, moved to hush all external life noises surrounding me; to lie down in a silent-dark place to fully experience that rarest of moments in a readers life when one suspects that something transcendent is about to happen and one wants the honor of being fully there with the characters and the events ~ mind, body and soul. I doubt that I will ever stop pondering the kaleidoscope of challenges so softly yet deftly proposed. This is a tightly crafted book without wasted words or scenes. The science fiction is hard and intriguing and some of the best written and worthy of the Hugo and Nebula. Throughout the story one is told of future events which keeps one going to see what happens. I hated the whiney, self-absorbed, jerk of a main character before the pivotal event (why did Pohl represent him thus?) and after ~ which would cripple any saint among us. I'll leave you with a question: Are you living with it, too?
I've read this book several times but wanted to listen to it anyway and it was a real pleasure. Well read/performed.
A unique look at a potential future, where the ability for space travel was not discovered through technological innovation, but rather accidently found.
Performance was outstanding. Enjoyed it more than when I originally read the book
This is classic SciFi but I could imagine that the story could be told as a horror/scary movie.
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.
I was disappointed with this book after seeing the good reviews. The story could have been better if the author stuck to exploring with the ships and finding aliens or some cool alien hardware which doesn't happen. Most of the book is the main character talking to his therapist which made me fall asleep. He goes on missions but nothing interesting happens. They fly out and fly back. Whoopee. Then you have talk about him having gay sex and later beating the heck out of his girlfriend. Then he leaves her in a black hole and the main reason he's talking to a therapist the whole book. I fell asleep multiple times because it wasn't a exciting book.
I don't think I will read the next one.
The narrator seemed to be ok.