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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)

What Members Say

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    Donald Bullard 04-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Forever God"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Well handled classic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forever War?

    Ltd Mandela on tranquilizers crashing on an asteroid and his suit trauma unit kicks in.


    Which character – as performed by George Wilson – was your favorite?

    The protagonist, although Charlie is a close second.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I know the content well enough to say I would handle it by rank, because the book is divided this way.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Martin the Engineer 04-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Lastingly Thought Provoking"

    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.

    (No spoilers follow)

    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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    Amazon Customer 11-28-15
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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