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The Forever War | [Joe Haldeman]

The Forever War

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?
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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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    subtitles Fremont, CA United States 05-26-15
    subtitles Fremont, CA United States 05-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I fun spiral like journey."
    Would you listen to The Forever War again? Why?

    I would, mostly because I like how it starts out very single celled and unravels itself into this very deep book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Journey through times, and watching perspectives change due to cause & effect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Beer for calories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LMS Los Angeles, Ca United States 05-25-15
    LMS Los Angeles, Ca United States 05-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoughtful science fiction"

    There's a lot in this book. The military sections are exciting and imaginative, and the returns to society are really interesting, if a little pessimistic.

    For me, I'm not sure if rises to the level of an all timer, but I really enjoyed it.

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    SJS 05-25-15
    SJS 05-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "So glad I discovered this scifi classic"

    My main comment about this book is the narrator: he was completely perfect. He brought the main character fully to life, which really added a great dimension to the story for me. There is a lot of military jargon and battle scenes which might have been a struggle to read through, but delivered in the first person narration it all worked. He was also able to present other characters in an engaging way. I especially liked the strange diction of one person William meets while recovering from injury and the laconic style of Charlie in the last section.

    The story was episodic and thus the narrative momentum was uneven. But there was a lot to like and a ton of intriguing ideas about how warfare and society might develop over the centuries.

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    Matt 05-20-15
    Matt 05-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    Just when you thought it would crush you with loss, it makes the prospect of fighting interstellar war not so bad.

    "Why is the sky blue? Because God loves the infantry!" - U.S. Army saying.

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    Seth Bellingham, WA, United States 05-13-15
    Seth Bellingham, WA, United States 05-13-15 Member Since 2009
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    "A must read."

    I've listened to this book numerous times now and am still loving it. It's fun to have an older looking to the future.

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    Brian Trettenero 05-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "More than I expected!"

    Great book! Or audiobook rather. Good delivery, great plot line, plot twists and develops well and thoroughly entertaining throughout. Worth the credit!

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    RM New York, NY United States 04-27-15
    RM New York, NY United States 04-27-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Disappointing"

    Based on the description and accompanying accolades, I was hoping for the normal Sci Fi adventure that takes you to new worlds and possibilities. Instead, I was given unnecessarily long-winded attempts at explaining future physics and uneven development that kept pulling me out of the narrative. The author heavily relies on a handful of plot devices to breeze over details that was jarring and (dare I say) lazy.

    Maybe this has to do with reviewing a book that is now decades old. If so, then this story aged very poorly. Not recommended.

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    Sam Herzig 04-21-15
    Sam Herzig 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Eh, OK."

    The story was OK. I was never able to fully imagine a terren or some other parts of the book which left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

    I did like the way it ended though.

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    David Maifredi Perth, australia 03-26-15
    David Maifredi Perth, australia 03-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic listen as it always is"

    This is one of those great books that I read every five years or so and it was a treat to listen to.

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    Benjamin Taylor San Francisco, CA, USA 03-25-15
    Benjamin Taylor San Francisco, CA, USA 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pays off in the end"

    Dreary and violent, but leads to a great pay off. An important commentary on war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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