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)
Great story. Interesting take on relativistic travel and war. First rate narration. If you enjoy sci-fi by audiobook then I couldn't recommend this any more.
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.
This is one of those great books that I read every five years or so and it was a treat to listen to.
The Lost Fleet, same take on time for space travel
If forever is all you got then this story is for you
Well writing and a good linear story. Some interesting physic's but it lacked personal development and I didn't connect with the main character.
I had heard about this book but never had been able to get around to reading it. Its a very interesting story with regards to the issue of near light speed travel and time dilation and the impact it has on the lives of the soldiers who travel back to Earth. I do reccommend this book highly.
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.
Possibly. It would depend more on if somebody recommended another book to me or reviews we compelling enough. This book was recommended by a family member.
Relativistic effects make this a very unique book. Experiencing a few months worth of real time only to come back to Earth centuries in the future make the book interesting. The tactical effects of this are not explored much as far as the overall war, but that's probably purposely done as part of the pointlessness of the war.
Not sure if I'd call it "least interesting" but I found the depiction of a almost universally homosexual future a little hard to believe. I just don't see that happening no matter the circumstances surrounding it.
Nothing spectacular but was good enough for the story. Average story and average narration.
Yes. The depiction of the future is unique as far as I've read and the time effects of traveling near the speed of light were more realistic than in most Sci-Fi books.
There are quite a few technical issues that might turn off a hard science reader. How they travel such high percentages of the speed of light is never really explained. "Tachyon reactors" or something. There must have been some major breakthrough in propulsion technology between the 1970's and 1990's if they were able to travel at high sublight speeds out to the "colapsars" and then on to other stars for first contact with the Taurons.
Overall an enjoyable story. The concept of war to support the economy is not new, but using the idea of time dilation to allow the main character to live for centuries made a fun twist.
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