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
"A vastly entertaining trip." (The New York Times)
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.
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.
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.
I love books on personal development and entrepreneurship. For entertainment, I prefer the military sci-fi genre.
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.
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.
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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