Gateway : The Heechee Saga

  • by Frederik Pohl
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Series: The Heechee Saga
  • 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gateway opened on all the wealth of the Universe...and on reaches of unimaginable horror. 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!BONUS AUDIO: In an exclusive introduction, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer explains why Gateway is one of science fiction's all-time greatest novels.PLEASE NOTE: Some changes were made to the original text with the permission of the author.

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What the Critics Say



Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1978
Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1978
John W. Campbell Memorial Award, Best Novel, 1978

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Customer Reviews

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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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- Mark Pack

Surprisingly Addictive

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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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios