My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
When I first read this in the early 80's it was considered cutting edge, now it is considered a Classic. This does not surprise those who have read it, most of us knew back in the 70's and 80's that this would reach classic status. Before David Weber and John Ringo, there was Joe Haldeman. This involves a lot of physics, a lot of time paradoxes and a little anti-war. The physics in most cases is explained so that the common layman can understand and it is done in an entertaining way. In the beginning of the book Mandella goes to a planet out past Pluto. The suits they wear and how they deal with the climate make the book very entertaining. It is nota lot of speeches, it is more if you do this you will blow up, etc... It is written in a way in which you do not feel you are in a class room. There was some stuff, especially toward the end of the book that did go over my head, but the book was still great as a whole.
Is the theme song going through your head? The anti war is not overly done. You are not beat over the head with it. There are no long Alan Alda speeches. You can be a war hawk and still love this book. I will admit that the book does drag a little toward the end, but still as a whole it is great. Think a more modern version of Arthur C. Clarke.
Possibly. It would depend more on if somebody recommended another book to me or reviews we compelling enough. This book was recommended by a family member.
Relativistic effects make this a very unique book. Experiencing a few months worth of real time only to come back to Earth centuries in the future make the book interesting. The tactical effects of this are not explored much as far as the overall war, but that's probably purposely done as part of the pointlessness of the war.
Not sure if I'd call it "least interesting" but I found the depiction of a almost universally homosexual future a little hard to believe. I just don't see that happening no matter the circumstances surrounding it.
Nothing spectacular but was good enough for the story. Average story and average narration.
Yes. The depiction of the future is unique as far as I've read and the time effects of traveling near the speed of light were more realistic than in most Sci-Fi books.
There are quite a few technical issues that might turn off a hard science reader. How they travel such high percentages of the speed of light is never really explained. "Tachyon reactors" or something. There must have been some major breakthrough in propulsion technology between the 1970's and 1990's if they were able to travel at high sublight speeds out to the "colapsars" and then on to other stars for first contact with the Taurons.
Thought provoking, entertaining
The authors careful attention to detail and interesting yet believable future worlds.
The returns to the Earth with grand seperations in time.
It made me think.
Time travel has always been a fascination of mine.
William Mandella of course
He did a very good job not being mono toned, kept it interesting
It could have been, you really didn't need a break.
Very good SiFi.
An absolute joy ride through time! The concepts, the machines, and the changing culture were not only facinating, but I think maybe a little prophetic.
I read this book many years ago and fell in love with it, still now it holds that wow element.
George Wilson is perfect narrator for this book - his way of reading made returning to this book that little bit more special.
I remember the first time i read it and how mind boggled i was trying to understand the concept of distant travel and the effects it would have on earth, and now im still thinking about it.
Joe Haldeman made a true classic scifi book here, if you love scifi then you have to give this book a listen,
I just wish they would record the third in the series - forever free
Quite often when reading scifi from the golden era it feels a bit off - some of the visions of the future have become things of the past, or just feel dated. Not so here - if I didn't know the original publication date I would not have guessed it from the content.
The story follows a soldier traversing through an interstellar war, where due to time dilation he sees a thousand year pass in the 'normal' time while only a score of years passes for him. This is where the real meat of the story is - see how the future pans out of humanity and earth at large through the eyes of a person from the 20th century.
The story flows smoothly, keeping up the main story of the war in the background while concentrating on describing the various futures and the personal voyage of the main characters. This is pure gold, moving from dystopian to utopian premises, each as interesting as the next.The premise is scifi, but the narrative is not - you are never bored with endless descriptions of how this or that tech is supposed to work.
The narrator uses a voice that I can only describe as a dry british gentleman, though without the british accent. It fits the the book perfectly, as the main character views the world(s) through a filter of dry resignation.
If you are fan of science fiction, get this book. If you are not, but you do enjoy movies such as 'Gattaca', there is a very good chance that you'll like this book as well.