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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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    Mary Charleston, IL, USA 10-03-09
    Mary Charleston, IL, USA 10-03-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Refreshing ideas"

    Nice sci-fi with a home twist; the ending however, did culminate a bit too fast and not as well defined as the rest of the book but still a fine read!

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    Patricia Walsenburg, CO, USA 10-03-09
    Patricia Walsenburg, CO, USA 10-03-09 Member Since 2009
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    truly love exploring older books, found the story line and characters engaging through out.

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    Jesse USA 07-30-09
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    "An SFFaudio Essential"

    Eric Michael Summerer does a terrific job narrating this pastoral masterpiece. He portrays Simak's characters with all the honesty, decency, and humanity that Clifford D. Simak put into them. Audible Frontiers has very kindly added an excellent and informative introduction written and read by another of Science Fiction's most humane authors, Mike Resnick! Audible Frontiers has been adding so many new titles it is hard to keep up. This one will slow things down for you and even make life a little simpler. Thanks Simak!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mer Jasper, IN, USA 09-25-08
    Mer Jasper, IN, USA 09-25-08
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    "Great Work of Art"

    The story is beautifuly told no praise will ever be high enough to describe this story

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-15-12
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Check out the ratings, not the reviews"

    Good: The Mizar Math reminded me of Foundation by Asimov. Virtual Reality games in 1953. Long before Star Wars, we hear about The Force. He walks alone theme. Only seven hours long. Audio was better then reading the book.

    Average: Enoch is a good man and good things happen to good people. Enoch is not ambitious and does not stand up for mankind too well, and if he was in a Heinlein novel he would get beat up a lot. The pace of the book is slow.

    If your a big Heinlein fan I don't believe you will get into this book. If you like more easy listening, simple, then you may really like this. The first page of reviews are very positive, but if you look at the ratings, more people gave it a four then a five and there are lots of three's and some lower.

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    Jim Grand Junction, CO, United States 10-09-08
    Jim Grand Junction, CO, United States 10-09-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointed"

    This seemed to be more of a pulpit for the author's religious views than a novel with any substance. Though the book started well enough it soon grew tedious with a plot that was thin and highly predictable centered around characters that were made of cardboard and boringly stereotypical.

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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 12-26-09
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 12-26-09 Member Since 2006
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    "I don't like it"

    Not badly written or narrated, but I despise the theme. I found myself listening as one listens to a mortal enemy.

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