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)
I would, mostly because I like how it starts out very single celled and unravels itself into this very deep book.
The Journey through times, and watching perspectives change due to cause & effect.
Beer for calories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great book! Or audiobook rather. Good delivery, great plot line, plot twists and develops well and thoroughly entertaining throughout. Worth the credit!
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.
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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