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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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    Amazon Customer 11-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    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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    Debra tn, TN, United States 09-02-15
    Debra tn, TN, United States 09-02-15
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    "Love this Book..!"

    My favorite book of all time! Joe Halderman is a great writer.... Would love to have a audio of the continued book.

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    Shane 08-12-15
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    Started out a bit slow, but well worth finishing. Had quite a few elements similar to Ender's Game.

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    Kenneth A. Lee 08-02-15
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    "Science Fiction at its best!"

    Great story that will likely be relevant to readers as long as there are people around. I found myself caught up on the story, feeling the emotions of the main character. Very well written.

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    Kit 07-04-15
    Kit 07-04-15

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    "Pointless"

    The narration was likable enough, but the plot was seriously lacking. A long stream of a character I didn't give a darn about narrating about a series of battles that you don't care if he dies in.

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    LMS Los Angeles, Ca United States 05-25-15
    LMS Los Angeles, Ca United States 05-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoughtful science fiction"

    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.

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    SJS 05-25-15
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    "So glad I discovered this scifi classic"

    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.

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    Matt 05-20-15
    Matt 05-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    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.

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    Seth Bellingham, WA, United States 05-13-15
    Seth Bellingham, WA, United States 05-13-15 Member Since 2009
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    "A must read."

    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.

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