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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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    Jeff L. NYC. NY 05-31-15
    Jeff L. NYC. NY 05-31-15
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    "Fantastic through and through"

    Great story. Interesting take on relativistic travel and war. First rate narration. If you enjoy sci-fi by audiobook then I couldn't recommend this any more.

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    subtitles 05-26-15
    subtitles 05-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I fun spiral like journey."
    Would you listen to The Forever War again? Why?

    I would, mostly because I like how it starts out very single celled and unravels itself into this very deep book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Journey through times, and watching perspectives change due to cause & effect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Beer for calories.


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    David Maifredi Perth, australia 03-26-15
    David Maifredi Perth, australia 03-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic listen as it always is"

    This is one of those great books that I read every five years or so and it was a treat to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Taylor Boston, MA, USA 03-25-15
    Benjamin Taylor Boston, MA, USA 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pays off in the end"

    Dreary and violent, but leads to a great pay off. An important commentary on war.

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    Lee 02-27-13
    Lee 02-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Audiobook and Relevant Today"
    Where does The Forever War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What other book might you compare The Forever War to and why?

    The Lost Fleet, same take on time for space travel


    Have you listened to any of George Wilson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If forever is all you got then this story is for you


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "A good use of time"

    Well writing and a good linear story. Some interesting physic's but it lacked personal development and I didn't connect with the main character.

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    MasterTater United States 11-05-12
    MasterTater United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Dated but still holds up"
    What made the experience of listening to The Forever War the most enjoyable?

    I had heard about this book but never had been able to get around to reading it. Its a very interesting story with regards to the issue of near light speed travel and time dilation and the impact it has on the lives of the soldiers who travel back to Earth. I do reccommend this book highly.


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    Ken Mercadante Bedford, TX United States 11-02-12
    Ken Mercadante Bedford, TX United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "That Relativity'll Get Ya' Every Time..."

    For Sci-Fi fans, this is a good one to have in your collection. It examines an interesting problem in interstellar warfare that no other book (or movie or TV show) has attempted to tackle: relativity.

    It's been a few months since I listened to this one, and I don't recall anything especially memorable about the characters, but this isn't about who the people are as much as it's about the cultural impact upon the characters of "moving through time". There's a lot of orginal and thought-provoking ideas here, and overall it's worth the time and credit.

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    Jeffery Bel Air, MD, United States 08-14-10
    Jeffery Bel Air, MD, United States 08-14-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Just listened to this again"

    It's been quite awhile since I originally listened to this book and gave it 3 stars. I'm leaving my original rating of 3 stars in-place, but I'm modifying the performance and story rating, giving the story a 4-star rating. The reading of the book is a bit in dead-pan for my tastes and the obsolete references to things that never happened and to attitudes that aren't very palatable by modern standards take some getting used to. Due to the release date of 1974 for the original novel, the social norms are expectedly a bit skewed. With that in mind, the story is interesting and as when reading historical science fiction, where the South won the civil war or some other major event was changed, the representation of current times being different than they are can be understood and enjoyed. Compared to modern authors whose stories tend to be a bit more action packed and dynamic, this book wasn't great, but it kept my attention and while I didn't power through it, I did enjoy it.. I never seem to love the classic science-fiction novels such as 1984, Fahrenheit 451, etc, so if you love that kind of book, I think you will probably enjoy this. I don't think I'd spend a full credit on the second book, but if I see it on sale, I'd pick it up.

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    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 10-12-15
    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 10-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good combination of scifi and humanity"

    Rating: 3.5 stars


    I enjoyed this book a lot, but wasn't blown away by it. It is one of those books that seems to meander at times, but then keeps pulling your back in. There is a lot that happens in this book, but it lacked one big boiling plot arc, so at times it didn't feel as if things were happening.

    What really makes this book is the author's depicted snapshots of the evolution Earthlings as played out in contrast with William's throwback, fish out of water experience. While there is plenty of tech, Haldeman put much more emphasis on the socio-cultural developments of Earth society.

    I have to admit I struggled a bit. I think that Haldeman was trying to be (view spoiler)

    There were many other concepts that contain some interesting social commentary, but I will let you discover them on your own. If you are a scifi fan and have not yet read this one, I definitely suggest you pick it up. It's a good read.

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