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The Forever War Audiobook

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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    Cody 04-01-16
    Cody 04-01-16
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    "Just Wow.... worth every penny and every hour"

    It is 1Am. I can usually stop listening at 9pm when I am supposed to be asleep but once I started this book I could not stop. addicting and an amazing balance of everything. I feel complete after this book. Don't know what book ia next just wow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RichKolivoski 03-03-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic"

    Wish I had read this years ago! The message about how we can be drawn into war with the thinnest of evidence is still speaking to us today

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    Jay 02-17-16
    Jay 02-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great! just not five star great."

    All around a great sci-fi classic, very enjoyable listen just lacked that something special to put it over the top.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Stephens 02-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Forever Read"

    An outstanding example of one of the foundational SciFi stories.
    The narration was performed with an aptitude not always experienced when you listen to an audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Micah Lamb 02-04-16
    Micah Lamb 02-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"

    An interesting trip from beginning to end. Although the story is a bit dated, I feel it is just as relevant today, as when it was original published in the mid 1950's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MK0102 01-01-16
    MK0102 01-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't waste your time"
    What disappointed you about The Forever War?

    Very disappointing storyline. There is next to no reading on the fighting in the war they were in. Story was just not that deep or interesting. You spend a good portion of the book wondering where the storyline is even going. There are some interesting concepts about space travel, it was just not my cup of tea.


    What was most disappointing about Joe Haldeman’s story?

    Lack of substance in the storyline.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More detail and buildup to a bigger story. The book needed more information on the fighting in the war.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. L. Sapp Virginia 12-15-15
    E. L. Sapp Virginia 12-15-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Shockingly Good"

    I was a bit skeptical when I got this book since I've found "classic" sci fi to be rather hit or miss. But I took the chance, and I'm glad I did.

    I'm very glad I knew going in that the book is the author's take on Vietnam since knowing that makes the book make more sense. The book would be enjoyable without knowing that, but the parallels are obvious when you know to look for them.

    The story is very well done and well paced. About the time it starts to drag, something happens to pick things back up. It is well written and very emotional.

    The reader does a very good job. Characters are individually voiced, including little foibles (such as the subtle lisp for the gay man). The reader adds emotion to the book, and I almost felt like William Mandella was the speaker.

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    SnagglePuss 12-09-15
    SnagglePuss 12-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just heard this is turning into a movie..."

    And very excited. At first I didn't like this book - thought it was a bit too slow and antiquated by modern Scifi standards - sure it is dated at times often discussing issues that likely wouldn't be discussed if it was written today. Or maybe just wouldn't focus as much on sexuality.

    But it doesn't matter. On the whole it's a 1000 year story and it's not always the most exciting but it is engaging and interesting throughout. Glad I stuck with it. At first I almost stopped listening because it was so slow and stuck in training for a while. Excited to see what an adaptation could do as this could use a well handled modern refresh.

    Would read more!

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    Amazon Customer 11-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "a favorite "

    great book. highly recommended. felt the narration was good and matched the mood of the main character.

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    Amazon Customer Georgia USA 09-09-15
    Amazon Customer Georgia USA 09-09-15
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    "Great story with Great Reader!"

    I enjoyed the book, it wasn't as captivating as I would have liked but it was still a great read. Not disappointed at all, would recommend if you enjoyed Starship Troopers but with time travel... or relative to time travel.

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  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    1/7/09
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    "Loved it."

    Having always wanted to read this book, I took the opportunity of a long commute to listen to it instead. it is slightly dated, but if you cannot rise above the tide of time, you shouldn't read any book older than a couple of years old, which rules out rather a lot of good books - "That Treasure Island, it's sooo dated!"

    The narration is good, and the story itself, despite having travelled in strange directions as far as predicting a future world is concerned, is charming with believable characters and plays with interesting ideas. Not sure how it won the Hugo and Nebula, as I can think of better books, but still well worth listening to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • steve
    droitwich, United Kingdom
    3/27/13
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    "A classic tale- needs an updated narration"

    Still a great story after all these years, i read it when it first came out and it has stood the test of time.

    However the narration is dated, it sounds old, tired and lacks any passion, it could really do with being redone in a more lively modern context and then it would be nudging 5 stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    2/8/16
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    "loved it"

    great classic sci fi. found it funny how the author describes homosexuality from a 1975 perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    8/26/15
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    "Great story, strong performance"

    The idea is fascinating, very well written and explained. Kept my attention the whole way through. The idea of sexuality being a method of birth control is an interesting one and one that's well explored in this book... However, I feel like sexuality becomes too much of a topic later in the book. I feel like other cultural shifts could have been explored further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • hjlivesey
    7/20/15
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    "A haunting looking into the mind of a soldier"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book, it's narrative leaves you with an urgency to finish the book and learn the characters ultimate fates


    What other book might you compare The Forever War to, and why?

    I found it often drew similarities to starship troopers in its use of military propaganda and the way this fictional military treated it's peaceful war protesters


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    George wilson's voice broadcast a wide range of emotions that brought the story to life and helped you to empathise with the characters worries and trials


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    will not bringing tears to my eyes, the book took me on a journey through a range of emotions, all of which culminating into the crescendo of the books ending


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    Leamside, United Kingdom
    9/26/14
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    "Forever?- This went pretty quickly!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This has been one of my favourite books in a 'best sci-fi' list that I have been working through lately. The structure is great as it keeps the pace of the story motoring along and alternates between the action based military campaign, and a more thoughtful reflection on the society that has been left behind. It's not a dumb book, but it remains completely unpretentious at all times which is not always the case with the old sci-fi. Pleased I came across this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    Hannover, Germany
    3/8/14
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    "A good classic"

    I'd heard great things about this book, but honestly, it left me a little cold. It took me a long time to get through it, with long breaks between bouts of listen. Perhaps that's why, but I found it a bit disjointed as a story. Narration: Excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr M Letch
    1/27/11
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    "Superb ...But..."

    Doesn't have the final Novella that was Written after the Forever War - 'Forever free' Which continues the story of Mandala and his Family on the planet Middle Finger .. It's not as good as the Forever War , but does tye in nicely the two books 'Forever War ' and 'Forever Peace' - as both of the other books are available as audio books it seems shame not to have this one available.

    The Book itself is faultless so I guess when reviewing a book the question is- Is the reader up to the job?' In this case the reader George Wilson does a fantastic job - Sounding -Cynical and laconic about the situation he's been put in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
    BATHGATE, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Excellent"

    The Forever War has to be on of my favourite books, and this recording does it justice. I normally listen to audio books when working, and this one had me listening on the train, at work and on the way home too! If you like sci-fi, then this is a definite must read/listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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