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Way Station | [Clifford D. Simak]

Way Station

In this Hugo Award-winning classic, Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he had done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. But what his neighbors must never know is that, inside his unchanging house, he meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.
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Publisher's Summary

In this Hugo Award-winning classic, Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he has done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. But what his neighbors must never know is that, inside his unchanging house, he meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.

More than a hundred years before, an alien named Ulysses had recruited Enoch as the keeper of Earth's only galactic transfer station. Now, as Enoch studies the progress of Earth and tends the tanks where the aliens appear, the charts he made indicate his world is doomed to destruction. His alien friends can only offer help that seems worse than the dreaded disaster. Then he discovers the horror that lies across the galaxy.

BONUS AUDIO: Way Station includes an exclusive introduction by Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Mike Resnick.

©1963 Clifford D. Simak; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1964
  • All-Time Best Science Fiction Novels (Locus Magazine)

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    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 08-08-10
    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 08-08-10 Member Since 2006
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    "A very special novel that will inspire you."

    One of the best SF novels I've ever read - full of the wonder and awe of a small child looking up at the star-filled sky at night and dreaming of beings on other worlds. This novel certainly takes its place as one of the most imaginative and powerful works in the genre. Simak's concept of an extraterrestrial "way station" being set up in an isolated Wisconsin farmhouse is both simple and profound. What goes on there will amaze and inspire you. Not full of action and suspense, but quietly inspiring and thought-provoking.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Greenville, TX, United States 03-26-12
    Sherry Greenville, TX, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "SUPERB !!"

    I was somewhat hesitant to download my first audible book. I also wasn't sure I wanted to hear one of my all time favorite books growing up being read to me in the voice of someone else. I was extremely impressed. Quality of download and clarity were wonderful. I was very pleased and this made my long travels for work much more enjoyable. Almost hoped for rush hour jams!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Phelix_da_Kat 11-16-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Viewed from a different perspective.."

    Summary: The CIA investigate a reclusive "young looking man" who lives in a remote farmhouse in Wisconsin - he claims to be a Civil War veteran and he's called Enoch...
    It turns out that there is more to this mysterious man that meets the eye - in fact, in Enoch's backroom - there's a way station for the Galactic transport network - and he one of the station masters!

    Insights: A warm and well written book that won a Hugo Award. Although written in the 60's, it's philosophy is that you cannot judge a person (well aliens as well) by it's cover.

    A quiet classic.. recommended!




    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-03-10
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-03-10 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Simply a Classic"

    I completely enjoyed this little book. This is not a very deep book, but it is a well written little story. I had not read this before and was pleasantly surprised. It is somewhat of an expanded short story but a short novel is nice now and then.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew mORRINSVILLENew Zealand 08-21-08
    Andrew mORRINSVILLENew Zealand 08-21-08
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    "An absolute Joy!"

    During my adolescence I was absorbed in speculative science fiction. Not only was it an escape from the strictures of the Christian community in which I lived, but a philosophic tendency that was more akin to my true nature. Writers like Simak, Silversberg and Heinlein broadened my world view and fired my imagination. Many decades later Simak remains a favorite and I was thrilled to find WAY STATION available on audio. It has aged incredibly well and remains and wonderful and absorbing narrative. Gentle, spiritual and pastoral, this novel is an affirmation of the human experience. Simak is a fine writer and considering the age of this book, he was also a man of broad vision. A lovely audio experience, well narrated and produced. For fans of this genre, an absolute must have!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-04-09
    Philip Minneapolis, MN, United States 05-04-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Holds up well"

    For a science fiction book written in 1963 this novel holds up remarkably well. Like much of the genera from the 60's it reflects hope with regard to the future of humanity; it is whimsical and sweat in spots. The main character is a solid decent human being who represents us well to the
    rest of the galaxy; and Simak represents him well to us the reader.
    This book is a gem coming from the era where the
    trilogy meant Lord of the Rings or maybe the Foundation books. Back when a well crafted science fiction story most often was only one book. It is solid and I would recommend it to all.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Mark D. Jones Huntsville, AL United States 01-28-10
    Mark D. Jones Huntsville, AL United States 01-28-10 Member Since 2000
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    "Very good listen"

    The premise is a little far fetched, (not surprising based on the 1964 writing date), but the ideas in the story were good and the thought provoking nature of some parts excellent (No wonder it won the Hugo)

    My son liked it too, he's 10, and demanded I get all the other Simak books.

    Narration was very well done.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    troy Canada 05-20-12
    troy Canada 05-20-12 Member Since 2010

    I really need to start proof reading my Reviews before I post them.

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    "Optimistic SciFi... FINALLY!!"

    I do like some emotionally raw books that makes me notice the amount of dust that I have in my apartment, that keeps landing in my eyes. Lately I have been bombarded with emotionally poignant stories, from other sources; **SPOILERS** Harry killing Susan, Senator Wen killing Holly, Claudia being shattered with Jinx death, and then the whole Prometheus movie trailers. **END SPOILERS**

    Way Station highlights the best of humanity.

    There are emotional conflicts and some bad stuff does happen. If the bad stuff didn't happen, the story just wouldn't be worthwhile. All stories need conflict, consequences and emotional resonance.

    This story does have the conflict, consequences and the emotional resonance in spades. But at the end of the story, it also leaves room for some hope and some affirmation that life isn't just about loss.

    Clifford D. Simak left me feeling inspired.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Elfrida, az, United States 04-13-12
    Linda Elfrida, az, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "If only people wrote like this today"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A very good read. Great ideas and very well written. A thinking persons book. One of the very few I will listen to again.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 03-19-14
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2012

    I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

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    "How Did I Ever Miss Reading This Book..."
    Would you listen to Way Station again? Why?

    I would. This is a quiet book filled with some big ideas. Most of the action occurs internally, so in many ways this is both a psychological and anthropological view of man and his place in the world/universe. I loved this book and cannot believe that I never read it before. I am glad I did.


    What other book might you compare Way Station to and why?

    In tone, but not subject matter it reminded me of the works of Ursula LeGuin, particularly The Dispossessed. Different subject matter entirely, but a quiet story where the action takes place within the characters and their relationship to society.

    It also reminded me of some early Asimov and Ray Bradbury. This is an optimistic book and harkens back to an era when Sci Fi was optimistic as well.


    What about Eric Michael Summerer’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job. He let he story unfold without hurrying and let Enoch speak in a contemplative manner that suited him perfectly/


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

    "Movies Stink Read the Book"

    Seriously .... this is a very well written book. Simak was a journalist by trade and it shows. The story is uncomplicated but it suites the simple nature of the protagonist and his situation. It reminded me of older Sci Fi that was written for the story itself. Devoid of fighting, hyperbolic action the story serves the intent of the narrative arch. This is not an action packed, page turner; it is a simple rumination on the human spirit.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to give Audible credit, they continue to release books that are not only popular, but speak to the rich history of Science Ficiton. I consider this book to be foundation to any fan or amateur student of the genre. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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