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.
The narrator was great. I wished there was more sci-fi and Robbie was a coward and a dick. He didn't do anything worthy of his current easy lifestyle. I like the story but hated Robbie.
Not sure why this won awards. I kept waiting for something to happen, but it was primarily a story about a guy needing therapy.
I loved this book as a child and I loved it even more now. The real beauty of the book is that the protagonist really is just as horrible a person as he thinks he is. For most of the book, the reader is compelled to support him, despite his crippling emotional problems -- even pity him for them. The final reveal at the end of the book changes your view of him completely. It's very unexpected to the reader, but not unanticipated by the story. And when you're still reeling from that, Sigfrid von Shrink closes the book with one of the most powerful scenes I've read/heard.
The narration of this book is solid, each character has a distinct voice without resorting to silly accents. The scenes with Sigfrid are extremely well acted, without too much melodrama, but enough trembling and emotion in the voice of the main character (and their complete absence in the voice of Sigfrid) to really convey the story effectively.
One of the things I'd really like to see is a revised edition where they include the sidebars with contextual fragments (letters, quotes from magazines, corporation regulations) that were in the original text, but are missing here. Perhaps use a separate narrator for those.
Apart from that, this was a thoroughly enjoyable listen for me. One of the only bugbears I have is that Pohl's original characters seem sometimes to be racial caricatures. (Bakin is a name basically reserved for a famous japanese novelist. No one is called Bakin anymore. Shikitei isn't a name, and Ituno isn't even a name that can be pronounced in Japanese. Dane isn't a russian name, etc.). Many sci-fi authors are guilty of this, though (I'm looking at you, Orson Scott Card).
Definitely. The characters feel very real and flawed while at the same time Pohl makes you feel this sense of wonder and adventure and terror of space.
The AI. Its the most likable character by far.
He's a good reader.
"Would you go?" - shows the open hatch and dark interior of a gateway ship.
Pohl really knows how to get you into a story and make it feel real in a way few sci-fi authors can match. The whole gateway series maintained or even improved this as it progressed.
This audiobook, really kept me on the edge of my seat ready for something substantial to happen. Which unfortunately never did. Still an enjoyable book.
Never have before, but I'm a fan now. He saved this book by his performance.
the psycho-analysis parts are pure brilliance. This book is really about a guy who faces up to his feelings and fears, rather than the space opera I was expecting. Those parts of the book are what really save it.
This was my first exposure to the work of Frederik Pohl, and the result was surprising. Going in I expected this novel to be more dated and was pleasantly surprised at how fresh it was. The science fiction aspects are still thought provoking and the humanity that binds the story always will be.
Also, I've listened to many titles from this narrator, who is always great.
If the author would of made the Science Fiction a bigger part of this book. Sadly, it's only a background noise until the very end.
A Larry Niven novel.
Their performance is really good. Too bad it did not make the story any better.
The narrator did an excellent job.
This book has very little science, a short plot, and very little that could be interpreted as entertaining. The vast majority of the book focused on dialog and character development. It felt more like a space soap opera instead a Science Fiction novel.
Half way through the book, entire dialog scenes seemed to get longer. Characters at Casinos, sex, parties, and a lot, a lot of talking. Repeat that about a dozen times and you have this book. Any interesting things that happen were glossed over very quickly. Even the ending of the book was a disappointment. It was very unsatisfying. Would not recommend to anyone.
I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
Yes. Great job, one of my all time favorites on Audible.
The ending is very, very well done. But the juxtaposition of Robin's sessions with Sigfried vs. his memory of what happened is so well done that the entire novel is memorable. This won a Hugo Award for good reason. It is a terrific sci fi novel.
I read Sci Fi to be entertained, a break from my work and life itself. But elements of Gateway are pretty heavy, since much of the novel is an indictment and an endorsement of psychological counseling. The readers made it interesting but not overly dramatic. Parts of the novel deal with sex, sexual norms and it was done in a way that was not lecherous. Overall they did a great job and I cannot imagine it being done better.
No I never do that... but I listened to it pretty quickly. Although Robin is not an entirely likeable characters, I found myself wanting to know what happened. That is ultimately what a good story is to me, investing in the characters.
Great job Audible!
The author of this book only extrapolates on a few select parts of the whole into the future; the rest of tech, culture, psychology, science, everything is taken straight from the late 1970's as they are, and it shows. I'm sure for its time it was genius, but the author's sever lack of thoroughness (or just laziness) in his world-building made this novel dated by even the 1990's, and by 2014 (as I write this) it's constant throwing of anachronisms in your face while pretending to be a good bit into the future makes the suspension of disbelief difficult at best. Even the science gets several things that were reasonably-well-known back then obviously wrong. There are numerous other examples from within the prior 10 years that got this right and are hardly dated at all, even now, so it wasn't just the time.
My other complaint about this book is that it is seriously anticlimactic. It almost feels like the author believes that what he's writing near the end is a good climax, but not only has it been thrown in our face from nearly the beginning what was going to happen, the way it plays out makes you feel like, about a third of the way into an action movie's climax, everyone just stops, shrugs, says something like, "Whatever. I'm bored," and walks away to eat some potatoes. There's a little bit of (expected) emotional build-up, but then it just sputters out and the author ends it.