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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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Very much enjoyed this book

this is a classic Sci fi novel, written in the 60's, but still is relevant today. I loved the story and will definitely read more from this author. the story was also told well by the narrator.

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So easy to listen to and stay focused.

I always find it weird when narrators do female voices. It makes all the women in the bookseem like cross dressing men in my head. This book and like that. The narrator differentiated the voices well. The story itself was fantastic.

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Incredible story that has excursions within it...

In a late night, last minute purchase after swiping through book after book, I just said 'screw it, this'll do!'... Turned out to be one of the best SciFi books I've come across, ever. No spoilers - no regrets - click, buy, listen, love! -MAXIMUS

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Boring

Real boring gentle sci fi, about relationships and feelings no action a womans book cha

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Holds up in this day and age!

I loved the premise of the story which first interested me. I had held off purchasing due to the time it was written as most of these old sci fi books show their age with the tech they portray but this book did really well and even surprised me with the tech involving his pastime which could be used in a modern day book. Anyhow really enjoyed it and was narrated very well!

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One of my favorite stories

I have owned the hardback since I was a boy got it in 1968. Still re read it from time to time. It was great to here it this time.Job well done.

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  • Eunique
  • Sagamore Hills, Oh United States
  • 03-23-13

What a nice find

What made the experience of listening to Way Station the most enjoyable?

The rhythm of this story just moves you along - you are gently drawn in and become a believer without any pyrotechnics.

Any additional comments?

This book is the reason I am an Audible member. I don't think I would have found this little gem, even though it's a Hugo award winner. I'll be listening to more of Mr. Simak's work. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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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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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?

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  • brian
  • ATLANTA, GA, United States
  • 04-26-12

great read or listen

Would you consider the audio edition of Way Station to be better than the print version?

loved both. a very comfortable story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

the main

Which scene was your favorite?

the last

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

the new take on rip van winkle.

Any additional comments?

Was a wnderful read. I was hoping the book was still in print. I was amazed to find it in audio.

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