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Way Station Audiobook

Way Station

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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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    AudioAddict 08-28-14
    AudioAddict 08-28-14

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Having coffee with aliens ..."

    STORY (classic sci-fi) - Way Station is a thoroughly enjoyable book. It was written in the sixties, but it's still forward-thinking even today in 2014. I suppose that's why it's won numerous awards and has become a sci-fi classic. The basic story is that for over 100 years a human, Enoch, has operated a way station on earth for aliens from a multitude of other planets to stop. He gives them a place to stay and sometimes entertains them. Some visit repeatedly and have become dear friends. Throughout the story you will "meet" various aliens, each with his own special appearance and characteristics. Eventually, Enoch unintentionally becomes involved in an incident of intergalactic importance. This incident threatens his life, his way station and the future of the human race.

    While the story is very good, it's a little slow at times. The intergalactic incident is unique and interesting, but there's not a lot of action and it doesn't rise to the standards of today's thrillers. (Not necessarily a bad thing).

    PERFORMANCE - Good job, but nothing special.

    OVERALL - There is no sex or inappropriate language and only some mild violence. I'd recommend this book for mature male or female listeners, but younger listeners might find it boring.

    6 of 9 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 2010
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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.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Atlanta, GA, USA 09-27-09
    Howard Atlanta, GA, USA 09-27-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Sadly, it does not hold up well"

    It is an older book (I read it decades ago), and it does not hold up as well as many others (such as, for example, The Forever War). Simak ultimately is an optimist, and perhaps such optimism seems particularly naive today. But the coincidences needed to resolve the central story are just too far-fetched.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    A. Lindsey 04-28-15
    A. Lindsey 04-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Too much internal dialogue"

    Too much internal dialogue. There are parts of the story I really enjoyed. I'm sure when it was originally written it was very imaginative with fresh ideas. But, I found the internal dialogue to be very frustrating. Overall, I just didn't enjoy it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 05-23-13
    Judith 05-23-13
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    "Plot meets Narrator Successfully!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.



    Which character – as performed by Eric Michael Summerer – was your favorite?

    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!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No...I find breaks to think about the story very pleasant.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Pittsburgh, PA USA 11-05-09
    Kindle Customer Pittsburgh, PA USA 11-05-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Love it!"

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Kring 10-24-14 Member Since 2016

    The least helpful reviewer on audible.

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    "Great idea. Not so great execution."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David 11-03-10
    David 11-03-10 Member Since 2012

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    "A pleasant sci-fi classic"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Howrah, Australia 07-09-10
    Christopher Howrah, Australia 07-09-10 Member Since 2008

    Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.

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    "From one of the Titans"

    I grew up with the science fiction authors Robert Heinlein, Eric Frank Russell and Cliff Simak. Way Station won a Hugo award and arguably, it is amongst Simak's greatest works. Without revealing too much of the plot, a US Civil War veteran is orphaned on a farm and starts to receive strange visitors. As the years pass, he doesn't grow any older and this arouses a certain amount of hostility in the local community. The way station of the title is the farmhouse of Enoch Wallace, the keeper, who is a very human character and whose interaction with citizens of the galaxy, is more comfortable than that which is the price he pays for being human but seemingly immortal. When the crisis comes, Cliff Simak's belief in the good in people comes to the fore and we are richer for the telling of the tale.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Carmichael, CA, United States 06-17-12
    Katherine Carmichael, CA, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Spiritual nonsense"
    What disappointed you about Way Station?

    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.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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