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.
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©1963 Clifford D. Simak; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
A book first published in the 1963 that won the 1964 Hugo Award that has lessons for all of us here in the 21st century. Not a technically flashy story, instead, it focuses on the human and alien personalities and what we can learn by coming in contact with "others" who are quiet dissimilar. Enjoyed this story tremendously!
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
This was a gentle story about a man who met an alien and became an innkeeper for those space travelers that needed a spot to stay during their travels. It was different than most science fiction stories and I liked it's message.
If you think of 2001 a Space Odyssey this book would be a precursor. I would compare him to the obelisk of the aliens in 2001.
When the deaf mute girl handles the artifacts and charms the aliens.
I didn't laugh or cry but I smiled a lot. That is why I call this a "gentle" book.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
This book is built on a wonderful idea. After reading the good reviews I decided to give it a listen. I wish I hadn't.
For me, the worst part was the dialogue. I know this was written in the sixties or something, but I'm pretty sure no one in the last 6 decades talked like the characters in this book. The narrator did nothing to smooth this over. Who am I kidding? The narration was bad. Mr. Summerer didn't have a lot to work with, but I think he did an awful job just the same.
I gave the story four stars because in the hands of a good author it could have been an amazing book. As it is, the story was the reason I finished the book.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
This book was interesting and at times kept me listening, but overall, it failed to contain a decent climax. I really notice a difference between older sci-fi versus the more recent stuff. It's not that it feels dated because of the writing, but the lack of any real suspense or (to me) significant danger that we now expect will keep me from recommending this one. One part had Enoch in conversation with his imaginary friends and I thought the plot might twist into something along the lines of Shutter Island, where he was in an insane asylum and all his alien friends were care takers and I liked that idea, but it never happened. It was neat to see the town engage Enoch because they all new he was old. The characters are somewhat interesting, but not enough that you really care what happens to them. This is a big requirement for a good novel. The narration is good and you can listen comfortably at 1.5X speed. If I would've known what you know now, I would pass on this one. Instead, I recommend 'Replay - Ken Grimwood', 'Lightning - Dean Koontz' and 'Schumann Frequency - Chris Ride' for the best I've read. I really hope this helps. Later.
The ethical and philosophical considerations raised by Simak. This is a gentle book that manages to encompass human frailty, war and a multi-pointed view of what it means to say "alien" in a very, to me, successful fashion.
It would be easy to say Enoch was my favorite, but truthfully I found all the characters engaging and interesting. Some of the aliens were more human than some of the earthlings!
No...I find breaks to think about the story very pleasant.
I like this book. I think it stands the test of time better than many science fiction books of that period because of the strong characters.
The narration worked very well. Enoch's voice was well realized, I think. I recommend the story and the production.
I enjoyed this audiobook so much that I've listened to it twice (a rare thing for me to do). I loved the main character who has a sort of haunted quality, if it's possible for one to be haunted by one's own past. Has to be one of the best Sci-Fi books I've listened to. A timeless classic.
The story had a great premise and a likable and well drawn out protagonist but was ruined by the spirituality the author injected into the story.
A great story, dated in a technological sense but very original in its concept. I enjoyed it from beggining to end. The story is never dull, always something happening to draw you further along the path to the end of the book.
Yes because I like science fiction and time/light speed travel tales and this one fits the bill.
Hopscotch by Neal Stephenson perhaps. Because of the material, not the detail or imagination.
As with any good narrator, he has a greater repertoire of voices than I could conjour up in my own mind.
It was a good listen but it didn't move me to tears or laughter.
I'd give this 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4. I used to love golden age sci-fi, but for me, most of it just doesn't hold up today. This was my first Simak novel. I enjoyed the writing and the story, and I can understand why it was a Hugo winner -- in 1964. I wonder how much this novel influenced the writers of Star Trek. Today, of course, four decades later, the interstellar federation which Earth is just on the verge of being ready to join has been done and done and done in every possible variation, so Simak's vision seems a little quaint. Apparently he was known as one of the more optimistic sci-fi writers, and that's apparent here; most of the conflicts are intellectual rather than violent, and the ETs are more alien in form than in manner. It all takes place in a homey backwoods setting and the resolution involves all the species of the galaxy recognizing their spiritual oneness so... yes, a pleasant story, but not a particularly challenging or mindbending one.
I didn't particularly like the narration; Summerer keeps adding a laugh or a chuckle or a baffled/astonished pause to the characters' voices, which I think substantially changed the tone of some of the dialog from the way it reads in print.
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