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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,130 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Haldeman Narrator: George Wilson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436121163
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Drawing on his own war experiences, Vietnam veteran Joe Haldeman creates stunning works of science fiction. Forever Peace is not a sequel to his previous award-winning work, The Forever War, but it deals with similarly provocative issues. When it was published, Forever Peace was chosen Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. It also won the coveted Hugo Award.

War in the twenty-first century is fought by “soldierboys.” Remote-controlled mechanical monsters, they are run by human soldiers who hard wire their brains together to form each unit. Julian is one of these dedicated soldiers, until he inadvertently kills a young boy. Now he struggles to understand how this has changed his mind. Forever Peace is a riveting portrayal of the effects of collective consciousness, and it offers some tantalizing revelations. Narrator George Wilson’s skillful performance weaves together the elements of futuristic technology with the drama of a trained soldier reconciling basic human needs.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Presents a thoughtful and hopeful solution to ending war in the twenty-first century. Essential for sf collections.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoffrey | 2/16/2014

    " Good read. First half a bit slow, too much battle detail for my tastes, but the second half took off. Lots of fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne Boyarsky | 2/14/2014

    " While I wouldn't call this a sequel to the Forever War, it was a great book in it's own right. I liked the dynamics in explanations about how people would react along with the experiment done early on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timbo | 2/13/2014

    " Although not as engrossing for me as the Forever War, still a good read that puts its issues, about the nature of man and warfare, up front for the reader to decide. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sallie | 1/20/2014

    " Good S.F. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tomas | 1/16/2014

    " Un libro muy interesante. Clasico de la ciencia ficcion pacifista, como su antecesor, la guerra interminable. Un libro que merece la pena leer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 12/18/2013

    " Intresting contrast to Forever War. Nifty concept. If you like Haldeman, you'll like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cfarley | 12/8/2013

    " Very interesting take on how their would be no war if we just understood each other. Not so sure how much i would like to partake but a very well realized world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M | 12/8/2013

    " not sure about that one... an ok read like a movie you watch one evening with the missus and then forget about... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Taranto | 7/27/2012

    " Read, not remembered "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lin | 4/25/2011

    " Not as good as "The Forever War" thematically, but much better in terms of characterization. Bit of a disconnect between the first half and the second half (the (kind of) red herring was somewhat distracting). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 4/19/2011

    " The first half was pretty dull. It reminded me a lot of Avatar (James Cameron), which I wasn't a huge fan of. Not sure why I pushed through, but glad I did, it got a lot more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander | 3/23/2011

    " In theory this is more topical and direct than Forever War, but that had better voice, was more readable, and this, though good, is simply weaker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luisa | 1/4/2011

    " quite interesting though takes a little longer than 'Forever War' to get started. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " just not as absorbing as the other two - feels tacked on "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garm | 12/1/2010

    " Good book in general. Very difficult to follow though.
    Loved the first part, and the picture of war the author shows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 10/24/2010

    " This book had excellent characters, dialogue, pacing. The plot itself seems to get crammed into the second half of the book. But that is the only complaint. I really liked the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/8/2010

    " Another thoughtful book by Haldeman. If you could genetically change the human race to be peaceful - to not be able to fight or hurt each other - would you? Would it take away what makes us human? What cost would you pay to do it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 6/30/2010

    " another awesome book from joe haldeman. not a sequel to forever war! "

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About the Author
Author Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman is an American author of award-winning science fiction and nonfiction works and a part-time professor at MIT. He earned a BS in physics and astronomy, as well as an MFA in writing. Drafted into the military, he served in Vietnam as a combat engineer in 1968 and 1969, was severely wounded, and earned a Purple Heart. His experience in war and in returning to civilian life are themes he uses in much of his writing. He is the author of numerous novels and several series, including the Forever War series. His science fiction has earned many awards, including five Hugo Awards, five Nebula Awards, a John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, a Locus Award, three Rhysling Awards, a World Fantasy Award, and a James Tiptree Jr. Award. Haldeman was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2009, received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement in 2010, and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2012.

About the Narrator

George Wilson (1927–2014) received a bachelor’s degree in English in 1949 from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He was an author and former Washington Post reporter who covered the military from the perspective of soldiers crawling in the mud and from the offices of decision-makers in Washington, and who played a notable role in the Pentagon Papers case.