The Heechee Saga
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  • 1
    Gateway | Frederik Pohl

    Gateway

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (645)

    When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

    A human-focused SF classic

    Gateway is a book I’ve read several times since I was a kid, and an old favorite. At eleven, I was more interested in the science fiction aspects (som..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 05 2013 by Ryan (Somerville, MA, United States)
  • 2
    Beyond the Blue Event Horizon | Frederik Pohl

    Beyond the Blue Event Horizon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (162)

    Frederik Pohl was on a streak when this Hugo Award-finalist novel was published in 1980. Now back in print after an absence of nearly a decade, this unique science fiction novel is as fresh and entertaining as ever. The story begins when the hero of Gateway finances an expedition to a distant alien spaceship that may end famine forever. On the ship, the explorers find a human boy, and evidence that reveals a powerful alien civilization is thriving on a transport ship headed right for Earth....

    SHE SURPRIZES ME MOST WHEN I LEAST EXPECT IT

    I give this five stars, but it is not as a strong five star as Gateway. You want to read Gateway first.
    SHANTY TOWNS NEVER DISAPPEAR THEY BECOME I..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 08 2013 by Jim "The Impatient" (Springfield, MO, United States)
  • 3
    Heechee Rendezvous | Frederik Pohl

    Heechee Rendezvous

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    After millennia had passed, Mankind discovered the Heechee legacy (an alien culture that fled to the relative safety of a black hole) - in particular an asteroid stocked with autonavigating spacecraft. Robinette Broadhead, who had led the expedition that unlocked the many secrets of Heechee technology, is now forced once more to make a perilous voyage into space - where the Heechee are waiting. And this time the future of Man is at stake....

    I Enjoyed It ...

    Probably in the middle. This is more of a traditional space opera story, and fits neatly into that genre. Pohl was an editor before becoming a writer ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 22 2014 by thomas (charlotte, NC, United States)
  • 4
    The Annals of the Heechee | Frederik Pohl

    The Annals of the Heechee

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Advanced Heechee technology had enabled Robinette Broadhead to live after death as a machine-stored personality, enjoying his life by flitting along the wires from party to party with a host of other machine-people. But suddenly his decadent existence ends when an all-powerful alien race intent on the utter destruction of all intelligent life reappears after eons of silence, and threatens the lives of all heechee and humans.

    Okay but nearly as good as the previous books

    Yes, I definitely would, one bad book from Pohl won't turn me off yet.

    Reviewed on January 18 2014 by Michael (Matthews, New Caledonia)
  • 5
    The Boy Who Would Live Forever | Frederik Pohl

    The Boy Who Would Live Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    The Boy Who Would Live Forever has a sense of wonder and excitement that will satisfy those who loved Gateway and will delight new listeners as well. In Gateway, long after the alien Heechee abandoned their space-station, Gateway (as humans dubbed it) allowed humans to explore new worlds. The Heechee, alarmed by the alien Kugel whose goal was to destroy all organic lifeforms, had already retreated to the galactic core, where they now lived in peace.

    Disperate narrative

    Of course. This is the only Pohl novel I read or listened to in audiobook form that I did not find extremely interesting. This novel is interesing, bu..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 19 2013 by Amazon Customer (Schaumburg, IL, United States)