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The Forever War Audiobook

The Forever War

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Publisher's Summary

When it was first published over 20 years ago, Joe Haldeman's novel won the Hugo and Nebula awards and was chosen Best Novel in several countries. Today, it is hailed a classic of science fiction that foreshadowed many of the futuristic themes of the 1990s: bionics, sensory manipulation, and time distortion.

William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

Narrator George Wilson's performance conveys all the imaginative technology and human drama of The Forever War. Set against a backdrop of vivid battle scenes, this absorbing work asks provocative questions about the very nature of war.

©1974 Joe W. Haldeman; (P)1999 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1976
  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1975

"A vastly entertaining trip." (The New York Times)

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    VyTri Surrey, BC, Canada 11-02-08
    VyTri Surrey, BC, Canada 11-02-08 Member Since 2014

    I love books on personal development and entrepreneurship. For entertainment, I prefer the military sci-fi genre.

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    "Good Sci-Fi"

    Even though this was written back in the 70's, it is still current today. Well written Sci-Fi transcends time and this one certainly does. The author has a fantastic imagination and the story rewards the reader for his patience.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    proton 02-14-10
    proton 02-14-10 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best SF tales of all time"

    Highly enoyable

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 05-27-13
    Eric 05-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Strange future"
    Would you try another book from Joe Haldeman and/or George Wilson?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    Nothing spectacular but was good enough for the story. Average story and average narration.


    Was The Forever War worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Forrest 03-04-13
    Forrest 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Listen"
    If you could sum up The Forever War in three words, what would they be?

    Thought provoking, entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors careful attention to detail and interesting yet believable future worlds.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The returns to the Earth with grand seperations in time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 10-31-12
    Dennis 10-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT Sci-fi story!"

    Very good to listen to. Great narration. Classic sci-fi! The book has an unexpected end.
    Well worth the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John TEGA CAY, SC, United States 10-08-12
    John TEGA CAY, SC, United States 10-08-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "A good read"
    What did you love best about The Forever War?

    Time travel has always been a fascination of mine.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    William Mandella of course


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    He did a very good job not being mono toned, kept it interesting


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It could have been, you really didn't need a break.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good SiFi.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen United States 05-28-12
    Stephen United States 05-28-12
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    "Facinating"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Augusto 03-26-12
    Augusto 03-26-12
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    "Neat story, Emotionless narrator."
    What didn’t you like about George Wilson’s performance?

    Lack of emotion, weird inflections. Struggled to finish the story due to the narration.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    roy basildon, United Kingdom 10-12-11
    roy basildon, United Kingdom 10-12-11 Listener Since 2002
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    "Still cool even at this age"

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joki Helsinki 10-02-11
    Joki Helsinki 10-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Classic, in the good way"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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