This is a classic novel that I recommend to SF fans. The plot is a bit simple by today's standards, but probably not for when it was written in the late 70s. It is well written with good scene and character descriptions, and good dialogue. One thing that stood out to me halfway through the book was the influence of the 60s and 70s, namely easy sex with scores of women, pot, and psychotherapy. I was highly entertained with Bob/Rob/Robbie's sessions with Sigfrid. Alternating between the sessions and the past was well done. While I considered Bob to be a total loser, I found myself wanting to know his story, and why he had a nervous breakdown. I wish there was more science and alien discovery in the novel, and that what is there were more accurate - - a common comment and criticism I have of SF novels, both new and old.
Narration: Oliver Wyman is excellent. I think I enjoyed the novel more because of him than I would have otherwise.
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.
Great story, but the constant reference to Cassete Tapes was very very distracting. I wish the story could have been updated technology wise. I know this was done back in the 70s, but seriously, it would be best if these books are updated with current technology and physics.
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..."
Tell us about yourself!
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.
If you have read Ender's games and like it you will love this book.
It made me stop and wonder if the ending could ever happen.
No wonder why it won a Hugo and Nebula Award.
It a must in any Sci-fi collection.
The Heechee alien race and artifacts are among the most interesting in science fiction. Inscrutable and fascinating, enticing with riches and threatening with danger, the Gateway asteroid embodies with eloquence mankind's questing nature.
I only wish the novel had focused more exclusively on the Heechee and not on one of the most unlikeable characters in modern fiction. The "Hero" Robinette Broadhead, is given an opportunity any red blooded human would die for: to plumb the galaxy's mysteries in an alien starship.
All he can do with this mighty gift, unfortunately, is drink till he pukes, beat his girlfriend, and sobbingly profess to his shrink that he equates love with having things stuck up his butt. Oh, Dear!
Although I am left-handed, I play the piano right-handed.
I agree with another reviewer that the psychobabble stuff just bogs this down. Half of the book is spent agonizing with an electronic shrink over what turns out to be a simple question of responsibility. I spent most of the book wondering if any of it was necessary to the story and decided that it could be abridged to about 1 minute and make for a much better story.