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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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    Victor Xavier da SIlveira 07-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "most amazing sci-fi book I've ever read"

    Such a intense book, many good arcs inside. fight the Torrens and live to see tomorrow.

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    Richard Santa Monica, California USA 06-29-17
    Richard Santa Monica, California USA 06-29-17 Member Since 2013
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    "could make a great movie"

    creative but accessible storyline that holds up well many years later; likable protagonist, not too techy

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    Terry NEW YORK, NY, United States 06-20-17
    Terry NEW YORK, NY, United States 06-20-17 Member Since 2012
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    "A futuristic artifact from the past"

    Take the nascent cultural elements of the late 1960's and early 70's, extrapolate, and imagine. An excellent book with lots to think about. A well performed mostly first person tale.

    Where are we going? This is one guided tour and also a parable about man's warlike nature and intolerance.

    And a nice bit of SciFi too. A good listen.

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    Jason WD London 05-05-17
    Jason WD London 05-05-17 Member Since 2012
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    "its incredible that it hasn't aged that much."

    the accolades are justified because this book, whilst based in a sci-fi universe, is just the story of a normal guy trying to get on in life.
    well worth reading

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    Zachary 05-01-17
    Zachary 05-01-17
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    "Pioneer in Story"

    Explore this intellectual text and learn about the implications of FTL subjective and objective travel!

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    Amazon Customer Redmond WA USA 04-29-17
    Amazon Customer Redmond WA USA 04-29-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Fun derision."

    Overall an enjoyable story. The concept of war to support the economy is not new, but using the idea of time dilation to allow the main character to live for centuries made a fun twist.

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    Trevor 04-08-17
    Trevor 04-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "It all makes sense in the end."

    The story provides an interesting perspective on the evolution of human nature. This is an interesting read for those curious about relativity and time.

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    Rocketboy13 03-31-17
    Rocketboy13 03-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I Hung on thru the End"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this to a person who really likes science fiction minutia. There are big sections that are just descriptions of the weapons, armor, tactics, materials, and other science related details of fighting a battle. If you like the "tech" part of science fiction than this will definitely appeal.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have had more characters call out the main character on his bullshit.There is a chapter in which they give him a psych eval and call him a "Failed Pacifist" and that his "tolerance" is only what he thinks is tolerant. hearing a lot of this stuff in the modern day with someone describing themselves as "normal" because they aren't gay comes off as kind of bigoted.


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    He has a strong ability to give distinct voices to all the different characters, it is much appreciated. I think that Plot-C (the love story) works well because he is such a strong voice actor.


    Did The Forever War inspire you to do anything?

    Continue with looking at other science fiction titles dealing with war, though other books much lighter in tone.


    Any additional comments?

    There are 3 big aspects to the book.1) The science discussions. Tech is described in detail and at length... Kind of boring unless you really like that kind of harder sci-fi.2) The social commentary of leaving Earth and coming back to a totally transformed society in which fashion, urban unrest, poverty, and homosexuality are such major cultural forces. This stuff comes off as obnoxious at various points and kind of took me out of the story, which is set 40 years after this book was written, apparently there will be interstellar flight and explosive growth and shrinkage of the Earth's population in that time which reads as insane. Compared to the discussions of science this part seemed laughably out of touch.3) The love story which works completely, or at least it did for me. The story epilogue was sweet and appreciated because this plot worked so well.

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    Raymond B. Hearn Jr. 03-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Well worth the time!"

    I'm not a fan of military sci if, but kept seeing this on must read lists so I gave in. Glad I did. It was very thoughtful and well done. Kept me interested till the end. Great mix of hard sci if, action, and just enough character development to keep it real. Purchased the next book in series immediately upon finishing this one.

    The vision of the future technology is a bit dated particular in terms of computers and information technology, but hey those innovations took the world by surprise so I can't blame the author for not foreseeing them.

    If I were LGBTQ I might have been turned off by the way homosexuality is used in the story. Homophobia isn't so much the issue. Most characters are quite accepting to say the least. Rather it's the way that homosexuality is a symbol for the foreignness of the world an old soldier returns home to. Made me wonder what personal or cultural fears drove the author to make homosexuality the hallmark of his brave new world. But I got over it pretty quickly and settled in to enjoy the ride. Of course the fact that I'm straight may have made it easier for me to do so.

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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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