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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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    "GREAT Sci-fi story!"

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

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-04-12 Member Since 2016

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    "a classic"

    the future soldier caught in time may be a trope of sorts now, but I'm sure that when this book was written, it was a fresh concept. It is a great book. It is well read and not at all what I expected. My only complaint is that it is a little heavy on the sex.

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    Kyle 02-28-11
    Kyle 02-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent"

    Too few sci fi books make such a great story out of time dilation due to special relativity. Most time travel books deal with going to the past instead of the more probable one way ticket we would get if we started traveling lightyears from space. This is probably because it's easier to write about the past than create a whole new futuristic world purely from imagination. Halderman not only does a great job of building believable, if bizarre, cultures out of extreme extrapolations into the future, but he does so with style. You really feel for poor bastard he sends hurtling into the future. Really makes you appreciate what you have.

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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

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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.

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    Debra tn, TN, United States 09-02-15
    Debra tn, TN, United States 09-02-15
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    "Love this Book..!"

    My favorite book of all time! Joe Halderman is a great writer.... Would love to have a audio of the continued book.

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    S. Jackson Houston, Texas 07-22-15
    S. Jackson Houston, Texas 07-22-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great listen."

    Amazing story. Narration was excellent. Kept me glued from start to finish. I highly recommend it.

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    Jason D Mockler 06-16-15
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    "Ahead of its time..."

    A very enjoyable book... Very different than other space infantry books I've read. Futuristic topics were detailed, and handles superbly.

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    Torben 06-04-15
    Torben 06-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Any scifi fan will love this. Especially the physics inclined ones"

    Story was 4.2/5 for most part, but I probably would have cried like a bitch at the end, were it not for the fact I was too busy trying not to cry like s bitch. Narrator sounds funny when he impersonates professional type people, but brought the protagonist alive quite well. And story is worth a full read through. The concept is amazing. And when you think about it. The hero is one unique dude.

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    "Excellent"

    The Forever War has to be on of my favourite books, and this recording does it justice. I normally listen to audio books when working, and this one had me listening on the train, at work and on the way home too! If you like sci-fi, then this is a definite must read/listen.

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