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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.

Critic Reviews

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1964
  • All-Time Best Science Fiction Novels (Locus Magazine)

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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.

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  • Katherine
  • Carmichael, CA, United States
  • 06-17-12

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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  • J. Jones
  • Bella Vista, AR United States
  • 11-13-17

Holds up After Many Years

I wondered if this would be a story that did not relate to today. After all it was written in the 1960's. It is a very good story and it is as relevant to today as it was during the cold war when it was written. This is a good story and a great book club selection. The topics for discussion are Endless. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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Timeless classic

Clifford simak is a grand master of science fiction and this novel shows why. The storyline is engaging, Enoch Wallace is an interesting character and there are enough plot twists to keep things interesting

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Philosophizing classic.

If you liked flatland and the man from earth, you'll enjoy this one a lot.

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Perhaps the worst of this genre

Mysticism, pseudo religions, and space prophets. A SciFi without any science and no good fiction. Fortunately I can return this title.

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Hugo Award Winner for a reason.

Written in 1963, this great story won the Hugo award in 1964 and yet it rings just as "right" and true today. A timeless, novel which will inspire awe and wonder.

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Great story

I enjoyed this book from start to... well one chapter away from the finish. The chapter before the final chapter seems to be the perfect finish. It feels like the final chapter doesn't fit. But all in all it was a good read.

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Very well done!

Where does Way Station rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5

What did you like best about this story?

The unique story line, the performance, and the expert way in which the story was developed.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first meeting with the Alien

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

When he sheltered the girl from her father

Any additional comments?

The plot kept me guessing. I had no idea it would end like it did. This is one of my favorite books!

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Teleporters, holodecks, the Force...

So that's where all those ideas came from. This optimistic 1963 novel is well worth a listen.