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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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    Ken Mercadante Bedford, TX United States 11-02-12
    Ken Mercadante Bedford, TX United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "That Relativity'll Get Ya' Every Time..."

    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.

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    Christina 09-26-16
    Christina 09-26-16
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    "Just awful"

    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.

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    Chris T 09-17-16
    Chris T 09-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Military Sci-fi & Likeable Characters"

    This story has some great military battles but keeps in focus the importance of the individual and the commitment of two individuals to eachother.

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    Rachael 09-10-16
    Rachael 09-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Unable to finish"

    This book is very engaging, but it wouldn't play after chapter six. I've had to find other means to read this book.

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    Charles 09-03-16
    Charles 09-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Well thought!"

    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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    William 08-17-16
    William 08-17-16 Member Since 2014

    Proud to be an old school Gamer and Geek

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    "A classic sci-fi"

    This is a classic Sci-fi but it feels very dated to the 70's. The performance was great , but I found myself at times hard pressed to finish the story.

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    james meledandri 08-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible, unorganized"

    The book is disorganized, the chapters are not correctly linked up with the audiobook, you can't follow along at all

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    Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) 08-12-16 Listener Since 2005
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    "Old school scifi"

    This is a good read, comparable to Ender's Game in its use of time scaling, and Old Man's War in its use of searching for an identity in a totally dehumanizing experience. But it is at times a bit dry. I would reccomend it as an inclusion of then and now sci-fi, but it's not my favorite by a long shot.

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    Paula B. 06-24-16
    Paula B. 06-24-16

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    "Great Book - Obviously 1970's social perspective"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book. But the way the author discusses homosexual vs heterosexual is very obviously a bit antiquated in terms of modern ideas.

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    Carol E. Meacham 06-10-16 Member Since 2012

    science-fiction writer

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    "Deserves all the hype"

    I waited several years to read / listen to this book and am by no means disappointed. Bravo to Mr. Haldeman! Excellent sci fi concepts but makes you feel for what the characters are going through.

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