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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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    John TEGA CAY, SC, United States 10-08-12
    John TEGA CAY, SC, United States 10-08-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "A good read"
    What did you love best about The Forever War?

    Time travel has always been a fascination of mine.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    William Mandella of course


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    He did a very good job not being mono toned, kept it interesting


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

    It could have been, you really didn't need a break.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good SiFi.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-04-12 Member Since 2016

    audioreader

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    "a classic"

    the future soldier caught in time may be a trope of sorts now, but I'm sure that when this book was written, it was a fresh concept. It is a great book. It is well read and not at all what I expected. My only complaint is that it is a little heavy on the sex.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle 02-28-11
    Kyle 02-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent"

    Too few sci fi books make such a great story out of time dilation due to special relativity. Most time travel books deal with going to the past instead of the more probable one way ticket we would get if we started traveling lightyears from space. This is probably because it's easier to write about the past than create a whole new futuristic world purely from imagination. Halderman not only does a great job of building believable, if bizarre, cultures out of extreme extrapolations into the future, but he does so with style. You really feel for poor bastard he sends hurtling into the future. Really makes you appreciate what you have.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    proton 02-14-10
    proton 02-14-10 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best SF tales of all time"

    Highly enoyable

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    VyTri Surrey, BC, Canada 11-02-08
    VyTri Surrey, BC, Canada 11-02-08 Member Since 2014

    I love books on personal development and entrepreneurship. For entertainment, I prefer the military sci-fi genre.

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    "Good Sci-Fi"

    Even though this was written back in the 70's, it is still current today. Well written Sci-Fi transcends time and this one certainly does. The author has a fantastic imagination and the story rewards the reader for his patience.

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    Stephen P. 12-11-08
    Stephen P. 12-11-08
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    "Much better than I expected."

    Even though the technology was a bit dated, the quality of the story rang through. I really enjoyed this book.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Love CLEARFIELD, UT, United States 03-16-17
    Jonathan Love CLEARFIELD, UT, United States 03-16-17 Member Since 2016

    My two favorite topics are Baseball and Military History. But my favorite books of all time are Starship Troopers and Ready Player One.

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    "A Unique Perspective of the Vietnam War Experience"

    After listening to this book, I was curious about the author and his actual experience as a Soldier. As one myself, I was intrigued at Haldeman's capture of the Soldier's psyche as well as that of the view of civilians after returning from combat. Wikipedia said that he was in fact a Soldier in Vietnam and similarities of names and perspectives ostensibly show that he in fact wrote the book about his experiences both during and after returning from that war.

    The story itself probably isn't a retelling of any specific event, but rather some intended hyperbole to facilitate civilians being able to relate to his experience (e.g., vast cultural acceptance and practice of homosexuality within a generation (i.e., future shock) juxtaposed against civilian inability to fully appreciate the horror that the protagonist had experienced).

    I compare this book with, Starship Troopers (Heinlein) and Armor (Steakley) as philosophy disguised within science fiction but really trying to expose the psychology of a Soldier's growth into a leader (in the first) and (in the second work) dealing with the repercussions of trauma. All three are required reading for my Soldiers.

    The narrator was fine, but his more mature voice was not necessarily representative of the young Mandella (however fine for the senior officer version). Also, it seemed to me that he really pushed the "femmy" tone of the homosexual males. I realize he's trying to paint a stark contrast as pushed forth by the author, but seriously, not all homosexuals talk in a more feminine tone. Related to the tone, but more about the story is how the author portrayed the protagonist as only dealing with the female Soldiers (despite equal mix) except for his male First Sergeant and Commander... missing the entire "brotherhood" of war concept that almost every Soldier experiences (regardless of gender, but this book portrays mostly sexual encounters between the sexes in his earlier years, except with his primary lover in subsequent years). I listen at 3x speed and had no problems with it for this narration.

    I highly recommend this book and it will be added to my list of annuals reads/listens.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra tn, TN, United States 09-02-15
    Debra tn, TN, United States 09-02-15
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    "Love this Book..!"

    My favorite book of all time! Joe Halderman is a great writer.... Would love to have a audio of the continued book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Jackson Houston, Texas 07-22-15
    S. Jackson Houston, Texas 07-22-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great listen."

    Amazing story. Narration was excellent. Kept me glued from start to finish. I highly recommend it.

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    Jason D Mockler 06-16-15
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    "Ahead of its time..."

    A very enjoyable book... Very different than other space infantry books I've read. Futuristic topics were detailed, and handles superbly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Ben
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    9/26/14
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    "Forever?- This went pretty quickly!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This has been one of my favourite books in a 'best sci-fi' list that I have been working through lately. The structure is great as it keeps the pace of the story motoring along and alternates between the action based military campaign, and a more thoughtful reflection on the society that has been left behind. It's not a dumb book, but it remains completely unpretentious at all times which is not always the case with the old sci-fi. Pleased I came across this one.


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  • Diane
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    3/8/14
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    "A good classic"

    I'd heard great things about this book, but honestly, it left me a little cold. It took me a long time to get through it, with long breaks between bouts of listen. Perhaps that's why, but I found it a bit disjointed as a story. Narration: Excellent

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  • Mr M Letch
    1/27/11
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    "Superb ...But..."

    Doesn't have the final Novella that was Written after the Forever War - 'Forever free' Which continues the story of Mandala and his Family on the planet Middle Finger .. It's not as good as the Forever War , but does tye in nicely the two books 'Forever War ' and 'Forever Peace' - as both of the other books are available as audio books it seems shame not to have this one available.

    The Book itself is faultless so I guess when reviewing a book the question is- Is the reader up to the job?' In this case the reader George Wilson does a fantastic job - Sounding -Cynical and laconic about the situation he's been put in.

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  • Jamie
    BATHGATE, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Excellent"

    The Forever War has to be on of my favourite books, and this recording does it justice. I normally listen to audio books when working, and this one had me listening on the train, at work and on the way home too! If you like sci-fi, then this is a definite must read/listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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