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Way Station Audiobook

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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    Ulysese 04-26-15
    Ulysese 04-26-15 Member Since 2008

    estore maven

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    "Brings back old memories"

    Reminds me of the Cold War and it's politics. I thought the story had similar themes but was strong in character development. The ending was unexpected.

    Highly recommended for all Sci-Fi fans!

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    Janene 02-10-14
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    "A science fiction classic"
    What did you love best about Way Station?

    Way Station is a classic and hopeful story of the meeting of mankind with a community of intelligent alien races. The representative of mankind, rather than being a politician, is a man of the people who rises above the attitudes of his time and place to embrace the strange and the alien as friends and brothers


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The entire book is largely focused around one character, Enoch Wallace.


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

    The entire book is largely focused around one character, Enoch Wallace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    To answer this question would mean revealing key moments in the story.


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    Oldie Florida, USA 10-07-13
    Oldie Florida, USA 10-07-13 Member Since 2015

    Oldie

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    "Wonderful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is a wonderful, complex, philosophical and highly readable novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made me feel like a small but important part of the Universe.


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

    Almost musical in his portrayal of all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen again...and again.

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    Laura 05-22-13
    Laura 05-22-13
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    "This one holds up through time"

    This is a very old Sci Fi novel that does not sound dated. The terminology is surprisingly relevant with only one mention of the 19th and 20th centuries.

    It is well written, read and very optimistic.

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    Docia 04-25-13
    Docia 04-25-13
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    "Weird"
    What would have made Way Station better?

    A climax and an ending


    What was most disappointing about Clifford D. Simak’s story?

    strange ending. I was expecting some great humanitarian end. Left me hanging


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eric Michael Summerer’s performances?

    maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Author has a great imagination.. Needs work on a conclusion. Some purpose for the character. This was my first sy fy Maybe its just not my thing

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 04-01-13
    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 04-01-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.

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    "Quaint Palate-Cleanser"

    I loved the charming tone of this story, imparted by the 19th century protagonist, a quiet man entrusted with the upkeep of a Galactic way station. The language used is calm, and refreshingly free of techno-babble, preferring to remain vague on the workings of alien tech. The narration provided by Eric Michael Summerer, is likewise sedate and not given to emotional outburst. The character voices are differentiated nicely with occasional minor accents, but nothing too jarring.

    With the exception of perhaps only 2 or 3 scenes, the entire action of the novel takes place in one room of one house, where we learn the secrets kept by the way station keeper, our protagonist Enoch Wallace. The plot's conflict is high-stakes, but resolved rather too quickly and tidily for me. In fact, that leads to my greatest criticism of the story: that the situations, characters, and their motivations are all too altruistic and uncomplicated. Overall, however, I enjoyed this quaint 'palate-cleanser' read, and think it provides just the right amount of wish-fulfillment and wonder.

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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 12-30-12
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 12-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting Sci-Fi"
    Would you listen to Way Station again? Why?

    Probably not. Just like movies, I only read a book once.


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

    None


    Have you listened to any of Eric Michael Summerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    From here to there


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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 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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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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    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 05-18-12
    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 05-18-12 Member Since 2004

    Computer Geek

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    "Classic SF"

    Way Station by Clifford D. Simak. This was a throwback novel. Classic SF of the style that I haven't read in almost 20 years (I trend more toward military SF and urban fantasy). It definitely required a context switch but it is interesting to stretch my normal bound.

    Enoch Wallace is a Civil War veteran who is living in the contemporary times(circa 1963 for the novel) and has finally attracted the attention of the government due to his lack of aging. Shortly after the the war he is offered the chance to become a station master in an chain of FTL transfer stations for travelers. He effectively is a hermit who has little interaction with society but talks with all the travelers who comes through.

    Enoch only ages when he leaves his house, so he is aging at less than 1/24 normal, which is what finally draws the governments attention. There are a couple of threads that combine for a burst of activity toward the end and are fairly well wrapped up by the action. The writing has aged fairly well, and there is even concepts that are quite familiar as SF to modern readers (VR shooting range, aliens not so perfect). It does have some of the common threads of SF of the time (humans bad and immature, aliens superior) that does leave it feeling dated though.

    I never read this author before and I found it quite entertaining to be exposed to him, definitely a good insightful book. I can definitely see why it won the Hugo for Best Novel in 1964.

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    Dennis Nipomo, CA, United States 05-04-12
    Dennis Nipomo, CA, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Enjoyed it very much."
    Would you listen to Way Station again? Why?

    Probably. I might want to remind myself of the details. The story was revealed in a very natural way.


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

    It reminded me a little of "Out of the Silent Planet" by Arthur C. Clark because of the way earth's inhabitants were unaware of all of the other sentient species and their relationships outside.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the simple girl got the alien device to work.


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

    Are we left out of the brotherhood of intelligent species in the universe?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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