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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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    MasterTater United States 11-05-12
    MasterTater United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Dated but still holds up"
    What made the experience of listening to The Forever War the most enjoyable?

    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.


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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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    Kyle Shepherd 01-24-17 Member Since 2015

    Reader of Fantasy/Sci-fi mostly, unless other things strike my fancy

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    "exceptional"

    holds up to the ebb of time as if from an interstellar war. superb vision

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    Mr & Mrs Huston Sudbury, MA USA 01-18-17
    Mr & Mrs Huston Sudbury, MA USA 01-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic Sci-fi War novel"

    Classic story that follows William Mandela, a soldier in a centuries long galactic conflict . Strongly anti-war message, it underscores the alienation of soldiers coming home from a war, and the mindlessness of endless conflict and a military economony. Read it for the message, believable technology and a good story, only Mandela is presented as a fully fleshed out human being.

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    Mathew American Fork, Utah United States 01-13-17
    Mathew American Fork, Utah United States 01-13-17 Listener Since 2005
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    "NC-17 content"

    Note: this book has many representations of sex, homosexuality, etc. Story had some interest but the foreground was just a romp

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    jacob 01-06-17
    jacob 01-06-17
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    "a fantastic relativistic thought experiment"

    and enjoyable hard sf tale of love and e=mc2. a tale of worlds, and of our own world. a contemplation of the possible possible.

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    Christopher Buzon 01-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great premise, but dated in some ways"

    The idea behind the book is fine, though when you finish you'll probably recognize the plot from other places. Being that this is a fairly old book it might be why that is.

    The performance is a little bland, just a bit monotone in it's delivery. All that said I think it's worth listening too. It's under 10 hours, so it's a good In-between other books type book.

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    Mark 01-02-17
    Mark 01-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth The Investment"

    Slow in the start, but a story that encapsulates the human experience. The Forever War tells the story of an average man fighting to get by through time, war and the beuracracy of life and war. My only complaint is that the end will leave you wanting more. By far the best book I've found on Audible.

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    Rob 12-11-16
    Rob 12-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "worth it"

    what a roller coaster. this one dives into some interesting topics and provides some interesting takes on our culture. well worth the read

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    Amazon Customer 12-09-16
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    "strongly recommended"

    astonishingly strong hard science fiction. well worth the read. great story that makes many good points without being preachy. definitely an adult novel.

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