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)
Well handled classic.
Ltd Mandela on tranquilizers crashing on an asteroid and his suit trauma unit kicks in.
The protagonist, although Charlie is a close second.
I know the content well enough to say I would handle it by rank, because the book is divided this way.
While the world keeps changing, this book sticks with me. It's content is still fresh and Joe Haldeman has such an economy of language. Listen, enjoy, re listen.
The Forever War was my first foray into modern science fiction in Audible. I have since come to appreciate the quality of its delivery, which is further overshadowed by the story.
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After experiencing several other sci-fi books, this one is unique in its clear and moving illustration of relativistic time. Furthermore the events that take place between humanity and the alien species are very well constructed. The eventual ending can be believed with my only reservation being that I would have expected more time would have been needed to reach such a conclusion.
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.
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.
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.
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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