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)
For Sci-Fi fans, this is a good one to have in your collection. It examines an interesting problem in interstellar warfare that no other book (or movie or TV show) has attempted to tackle: relativity.
It's been a few months since I listened to this one, and I don't recall anything especially memorable about the characters, but this isn't about who the people are as much as it's about the cultural impact upon the characters of "moving through time". There's a lot of orginal and thought-provoking ideas here, and overall it's worth the time and credit.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It is written in such a way that smaller details are not explained as eloquently as they could or just aren't explain at all. The story in enough itself is a great story full of advanced human cities and different planets from desolate waste lands to prehuman each like planets with lush greens and floating cities.
The thing I didn't like is just how everything skips centuries and fills in very little information of exactly what happened in that lost time. Knowing that this book takes place over a millennia, I realize that it would have been very difficult for the author incorporate extra information about the missing years but at the same time, by the end of the book, I still felt like there was something missing.
Definitely worth the listen but don't expect this to be your all time favorite space opera.
Maybe I've been spoiled by newer productions of audiobooks with larger casts or more dynamic readers, but this was a good listen nonetheless.
As does most older Sci-fi (pre-tech age), it presents some interesting alt-theories about the future of tech and space travel so it does show it's age, but still highly recommended. Also, enough romance to keep you interested but not to stain the story. Well done
To my knowledge, not a lot of Vietnam veterans took up scifi writing, much less as a method of working out their own demons. Scifi always has been about letting humanity look at itself objectively, passed through the filter of the future. This story does just that. Gripping, despite the story sharing so many similarities with other previous military scifi works (Starship Troopers, for example) and using, for the most part, legit physics to create a millenia spanning narrative.
I love the science behind it all the vibe it gave off was a dreadful sense that you get when your flung across space to fight a unknown enemy on a oblique rock only to return to a stranger humanity than the one before, each interval you did so. The concept is mind boggling, my only complaint is that the dialogue was choppy, it sounded like the speech was cut mid-sentence.
This book is all over the place. Not sci-fi enough to feel like a sci-fi book, dull military moments of training and traveling, long explanations of bizarre fictional physics, green teddy bears with no face, fighting aliens in bubbles, everyone sleeps with everyone, dull moments of planting potatoes on parent's farm, horrific deaths, a tossed in love story, everyone on earth has to carry a gun or have a body guard, and all humans are forced to be homosexual to control the population. All over the place. It would have been interesting if any of those things had been executed well, but sadly they were not. The book just seems to drag constantly, making the most obscure and irrelevant detours. The bizarre journey over hundreds of years ends with the most predictable and anticlimactic punchline and the narrator doesn't have an ounce of military charisma. Save your money and pray this never gets a movie adaptation.
This story has some great military battles but keeps in focus the importance of the individual and the commitment of two individuals to eachother.
Good sci-fi action, Commentary against war is jarring and thoughtful. I especially liked the implications of space travel at relativistic speed and its relation to the war, I.e. What happens if the enemy develops new technology during the time you're traveling there, etc.
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