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Gateway Audiobook

Gateway

When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!
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Publisher's Summary

Gateway opened on all the wealth of the Universe...and on reaches of unimaginable horror.

When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

BONUS AUDIO: In an exclusive introduction, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer explains why Gateway is one of science fiction's all-time greatest novels.

PLEASE NOTE: Some changes were made to the original text with the permission of the author.

©1977 Frederik Pohl; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1978
  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1978
  • John W. Campbell Memorial Award, Best Novel, 1978

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    Ocean State Prime Cumberland, RI, United States 11-11-15
    Ocean State Prime Cumberland, RI, United States 11-11-15 Member Since 2012

    Poorly edited books bug me.

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    "Did I like it when first published?"

    I kept asking myself, did I like this book when I read when it first came to paperback? I didn't remember one word of it. Must have read it because I remember finishing all Pohl's at one time. I did not like this book in 2015. Tedious in the extreme, building up to a single punch that wasn't really worth it.

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    TB03830 Leavenworth, KS , USA 10-08-15
    TB03830 Leavenworth, KS , USA 10-08-15 Member Since 2014

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    "it was ok but very preachy. Alot of psycho babble"

    it was ok but very preachy. Alot of psycho babble that did not help the story line.

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    Guðjón 08-26-15
    Guðjón 08-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "pretty goooood"

    fun book with fun concepts. falls a bit short in the last couple of chapters, not bad though.

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    Anthony 08-24-15
    Anthony 08-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic Sci-Fi..."

    A little dated, but a pretty good representation of classic science fiction. Will download the next in the series and to see what happens!

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    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 02-17-14
    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Sci - fi, but needs less "Tape""

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lincoln Florida 01-12-14
    Lincoln Florida 01-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    ""And one day, the stars dissapeared...""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually, the Martian. You will see why when you read it.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman and Robert J. Sawyer – was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "And one day, the stars dissapeared..."


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terrance Hanna 12-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An original Sci-Fi plot…You must hear this!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Don BETHANY, OK, United States 07-23-12
    Don BETHANY, OK, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Gate way is a classic that plays very well today.."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending is one you never see coming. the details of life are what sells it


    What about Oliver Wyman and Robert J. Sawyer ’s performance did you like?

    Great voice great job


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Get Rich or Die!!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tod Coppell, TX, United States 05-13-12
    Tod Coppell, TX, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Famous and weak"
    What would have made Gateway better?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Frederik Pohl’s story?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Oliver Wyman and Robert J. Sawyer ?

    Maybe.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the AI psychiatrist character.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand how this famous Hugo awarded book is liked by so many when it seems so weak to me.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan El Paso, TX, United States 03-26-10
    Bryan El Paso, TX, United States 03-26-10 Member Since 2016
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    "a flawed masterwork"

    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!

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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