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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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