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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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    Brandon 02-18-17
    Brandon 02-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Antiquated take on futuristic Sci-fi."

    This book has some antiquated ideas about what the future holds for humanity in a millennia spanning space war. For everything the writer got wrong, there was more than enough forward thinking to make this book thouroughly thought provoking.

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    Gregory Arthur Blackmore 02-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    definitely some cool Concepts pretty decent story and very strange view of what the future may or may not look like I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book

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    Clay 02-01-17
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    "Spectacular Book"

    Excellent story. Perfectly crafted and emotional. A bit depressing at times but worth it. 10/10

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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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    "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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    Mark 01-02-17
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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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    "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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    "Classic with far-reaching influence"

    You'll realize the influence this book has had on the military sci fi sub-genre with a chapter. Old Man's War has taken the most, and fans of those books will likely enjoy this. The book as an allegory for Vietnam is rather thinly veiled, but only takes the forefront on occasion, and never preaches.

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