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From Joe Haldeman, the all-time master of military science fiction, comes the new novel set in the universe of his Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic The Forever War.

An epic story about war, peace, and the price of freedom, Forever Free reintroduces listeners to William Mandella - who has been living peacefully on the planet called Middle Finger, a refuge for humans who refuse to become part of the group mind known as Man. But after decades of this peace, Mandella and others are tired of living like zoo animals. So they steal a starship - and embark upon a voyage that will forever change their understanding of the universe, and themselves.

©1999 Joe Haldeman (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Go fetch!

The conclusion to the story started in the first two books is far fetched to say the least. Incoherent and diffuse storytelling, leaving me far from engaged. I feel cheated to have such a cheap conclusion to a trilogy that seemed worth my time.
And what does the title even have to do with the book? It has no relevance or anchor. It is like Joe felt like he had to complete the trilogy for trilogies sake, not because he had a story to finish.

To compound the disappointment the narrator fails to read punctuations right, ending sentences at commas with downward inflection, then reading the second part of the sentence as sort of an afterthought. I can not understand why he would do that. Did not the writer compose his sentences to flow in a certain way? Does the narrator not understand what the function of punctuations is? Highly unprofessional.
Besides that he sucks at voices in dialogue. Often leaving me guessing as to who is speaking, not even sure of the sex of the character.
His voice might have a good tone but he has not mastered narration at all.

Meh..

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Very disappointing. No relation to Forever War

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is a VERY slow and "stupid" book. None of the events (except for the opening setting) make sense. Even though the book continues the story of same characters, it is a HIGH contrast to Forever War. There is NO ACTION. Whole book is set around boring family relations / human colony community relations. The ending makes no sense at all. It seem that the author wanted a cashout / ride to success solely on the coattails of Forever War.

Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Haldeman again?

Not ever going to listen to anything by Joe Haldeman again if i have to pay for it. There too many way better books already lined up for me.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

Narrator doesn't make a difference because i couldn't wait for the book to finish. I had to endure it because i had paid for it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

My reaction was of a complete let down and disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Seriously, don't bother with it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I'm a fan of Forever War

it was an okay ending but it seems to be like the human surrendered to themselves
and I begin to wonder if it's fanfiction you know sometimes writers do that take offense story and slap their name on it this may be Joe holding them but the style seems just a tad different but I like forever War

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This is an awful reading.

The book would be better with a decent narrator. I adjusted the audio as much as I could and it still sounded awful.

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Simply not a good book

Starts out interesting, but the second half of the novel is - quite literally - a big case of deus ex machina. And that's probably the worst thing you can do in Sci Fi. Even worse, none of it makes any sense if you spend even a few minutes thinking about it. Overall the book reeks of Haldeman needing to cash in on the popularity of Forever War one more time. What we ended up with was a pretentious mess.

As for the audiobooks, the performance is alright, nothing too special either way.

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  • Jeffrey
  • Warwick, RI, United States
  • 08-21-17

Different direction from Forever War

Forever War was a sprawling political war epic in the tradition of Robert Heinlein. Forever Free is at once a smaller, personal story that, by the end, seems like a cosmic tale concocted by Aasimov, Clarke and Dick while sitting at a cafe with Serling in the Twilight Zone.

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Great book, narration is just wrong

What disappointed you about Forever Free?

Most unfortunately the narrator doesn't seem to really understand what he is reading. The tone and voice expressions are consistently wrong, this destroy the character and the atmosphere of that amazing book.

What other book might you compare Forever Free to and why?

Forever war, Narrated by George Wilson, Now mister Wilson did nail it!
A delight to listen to, the main character is absolutely well painted, the tone of analytic intelligence is perfect.

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Berkrot’s performances?

NEVER!!!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, sadness, disappointment?
I feel cheated and I feel the work of Joe Haldeman got spoiled by the lack of talent of the narrator.

Any additional comments?

I wish I could get a refund and that dude Peter Berkrot would read the story and understand it before doing any other book destruction

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The experiment begins with a bang, ends when God..

decides enough has been understood from the experiment of life, and intelligence.
When the elements created evolve the potentials for interesting possabilities the project gets interesting, but enough all ready. I'm done, the end.
Only the intelligences project an argument to let it be to continue.
OK, says the creator I'll let things run on without oversight;be back in a million years to see how you turn out.

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This was a great sequel, but has a bad narrator

I was a huge fan of the first novel having newly discovered it. this sequel is also right up there with Orson Scott Card. if you can get past the hor4ible narration and kind of time him out you'll enjoy this book as well. I hope they make a movie out of this sequel like they're doing with the first book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Finally! It's on audio.

Love this book. I really miss the original speaker tho. So a little disappointing. Enjoy-tho!

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  • Connor MacDonald
  • 10-22-16

A sequel, of sorts

I was eager to get back into the world Haldeman created in 'The Forever War', and while it was slow to start, the book definitely picked up in its second act. However, the ending (which I won't spoil here) seemed clumsy and rushed. None of the actions taken up until the ending have any bearing on the close of the novel and while I found parts of the third act interesting it didn't feel as though they were part of the same book. Worth a listen if you simply must know what happened after the forever war but you'll be left with more questions than answers, and none too satisfying.

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  • Neil
  • 10-10-17

A good follow up

A good follow up to The Forever war. If you enjoyed that, you'll enjoy this. The story isn't as good, but its a good continuance.

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  • Lawrence
  • 08-26-17

Forth listening it gets better each time

First listening in the context of the rest of the series made this a bit of a shock. Each listening eases it more into the physics of the writers mind. It improves...