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By Mark Pack on 27-04-11
Great book, shame it's not genuinely unabridged
The book is deservedly known as a science fiction classic, but watch out for this audio version as it is heavily abridged. Although it's title 'unabridged', in fact all the side bars in the text have been removed.
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By Michael on 18-10-16
Where does Gateway rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is by far the best audio fiction book I have ever listened to.
What did you like best about this story?
The story is paced well with a 3 dimensional central character. It is much more of a human story than I expected while being set in a very believable science fiction universe packed with detail.
What does Oliver Wyman and Robert J. Sawyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The story was very well narrated and, dare I say, very well acted. The narrative brought the characters to life and made them very believable. The pacing and general narrative was excellent throughout.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The end. lol. I was sorry to hear the story end as I was very much left wanting more. This is not to say the story was left unfinished, I merely wanted the universe to continue and learn more about this wonderfully imaginative creation of Pohl's.
Any additional comments?
This is the first full fiction book I have ever listened to, as even short stories on audio do not hold my attention for long. However, the narrative was so good, the story was so gripping and the book was so well written that it held my full attention and I even found myself contemplating certain characters when I wasn't listening to the book as though they were real human beings - something which totally took me by surprise when I realised I was doing it. There is also another first for me in that I know which book I will be ordering next as I wish to continue learning more about this universe and its inhabitants (not to mention the Heechee). I am looking forward to listening to the next installment in this series.
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By B.Watson on 21-10-15
A fantastic story, not at all what I expected.
Remove the Sci-fi elements and all that come with it and this story is still great that is what makes this awesome.
There is little epic about it, no world saving or anything of the sort. No heroes or villains and certainly no angels....but no demons either. The world is fantastical and futuristic but at the same time painted in shades of grey and brown.
Having just read 'Armada' this book is so very different from anything I have read before, it has layers of realism thicker than any other sci fi I have read.
Worth a read (listen).
Also the narration is the best I have heard in a long time. Excellent.
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By RICHARD REYNOLDS on 29-05-18
Average at best
I found this book a slow burn, I was hoping it would be worth it in the end. Mildly entertaining idea, but lacked the awe inspiring themes and ideas of the great Sci-Fi books. You won't miss much if you don't read it!
By Scott on 10-01-18
I don't understand why this book won so many awards? great premise, yes, burt surely once everyone realised the main character is totally incompetent, whiny, boring and inactive, they can't have enjoyed it. the characters have no voice, or personality. you don't care about anyone in the books. the perspective from which the story is told swaps between past and present which is terrible. the idea the sex is so easily available is such a boring unrealistic concept and of all the characters who should be getting laid in thia book, the protagonist should be the last. This book is as bad as The Space Between Stars.
By Gary Sereno on 01-11-17
Truly a Great Story in a Sci Fi Wrapper
I went for this book based on it appearing in top 10/20 cyberpunk and sci-fi lists. It truly deserves it. I'm not sure I'd consider it cyberpunk, but I would not let that put you off. It is original in it story and hard to fault, in fact I don't think i can.