A fun read. It takes a realistic-feeling approach to the physics of war in space. The politics as well. The characters are refreshingly down-to-earth (no apologies, pun-haters), instead of someone's fantasy of what a cool and macho space warrior should be like.
It's really an amazing book if you take into account that it was written in the 1970s. Until I finished reading it and checked, I had assumed it was written later.
Final note: at double speed, which is how I often listen to fiction, the narrator sounded like Peter Parker from the 1960s Spider-Man cartoon. Funny. I kept waiting to hear him say, 'Wallopping web-snappers!'
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
Written in the 1970s, this sci-fi novel is one of the greatest visualizations of space warfare you could find, period. It provides plenty of thought provoking themes, some of which are controversial to most people. Just avoid the sequels, they're rubbish.
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.
Very good to listen to. Great narration. Classic sci-fi! The book has an unexpected end.
Well worth the listen.
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.
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.
I love this book, I bought its omnibus edition a few years ago (yea I know printed on paper and everything!) I loved the story and the book had a great rhythm to it. The book is narrated very well in this version and I've listened to it a number of times which is great as reading real books these days is a struggle because I have trouble finding the time.
The book also shows very little signs of age unlike some so futuristic vision still holds its own.