Everything. Hard science. Satire. Deadpan acceptance of the absurdity of war. The book is real, and really really good.
Not in a million years. I'd actively avoid this narrator. His reading is awful and he mispronounces words a 10 year old would know. (null-gee for example)
I've read it in one sitting before. I was all but unable to listen.
This book needs a new version with a proper narrator. A novel this good should not suffer this fate.
I don't know if there is any other book that is quite like it.For me this book is not so much about war. There are few battles. This book is how soldiers become alienated from the homes they leave, and how the world changes for them.
I downloaded this book because it appears on so many top 100 lists of the best science fiction. I'm sure when it was published in the 1970s it got strong reviews. However, it hasn't stood the test of time. It's approach to homosexuality is dated to the point of being offensive. It isn't bigoted, but suggests that homosexuality is simply cultural or learned behavior. Thus, 95% of earth is gay to keep the population down. The author also does a very poor job of anticipating technological developments. In the fictional 2010 newspapers are delivered by fax, nobody has a cell phone and data is stored on microfiche. I don't expect perfection in predicting near-term technological developments, but most writers of this era were able to at least predict personal data devices and the coming computer revolution. In short, the book feels very dated, and the story itself isn't compelling enough to overcome those shortcomings. I suspect that the books anti-war message resonated well in the mid-1970s and its approach to sexuality and technology didn't get in the way because it was not yet clear how poorly Haldeman understood both. In 2014, it feels like a re-run of the Brady Bunch--interesting if you want to get a sense of the culture of the 1970s, but not worth the time simply for entertainment.
Probably not - too many books, not enough time - why repeat.
Easy listening. Unlike other fantasy stories it is not necessary to remember large number of peripheral characters in this one.
The hero and his SO.
Although some of Haleman's predictions of the future seem a bit silly now (government-mandated homosexuality to control population, for example) and its pacifist message doesn't have as strong an impact as other efforts, this remains a thoroughly enjoyable yarn. Fun in the same way that other 1950s-1970s future-predictions are fun.
The whole relativity thing and time dilation was a great plot device. I liked how the technology and world changed with each new assignment.
The ending was a little too pat, but the loose ends were all tied up so I could feel closure.
If your looking for a fast paced, "slice and dice", "shoot out at the last planet in the universe" story look else where.
This story, however, is chock full of "the more things change the more they stay the same" predictions.
The reason for The Forever War was somewhat predictable but Haldeman's guesses about how things may change in the years to come are plausible.
The narrator added much to the story. He paced it very well.
Better than I expected; the synopsis makes it sound dull, and the ending feels like a bit of a non-ending, but the added dimension of the leaps in time are interesting. I've seen rumors they are making this into a movie - could be interesting if handled properly.