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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (503 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Haldeman Narrator: Annie Henk, George Guidall, Jefferson Mays Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Marsbound Series Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781449815141
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Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and John W. Campbell Award winner Joe Haldeman has given the world such science fiction masterpieces as The Forever War and Forever Peace. Here he tells the tale of Carmen Dula’s six-year journey through space to the home of The Others, where she represents Earth in hopes of forging a peace accord. But due to Relativity, fifty Earth years have passed since Carmen left. And while humans have been busy constructing an enormous flotilla of warships, The Others possess power and technology far beyond anything Earth can imagine. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Haldeman] knows how to combine hard sf with genuinely believable characters.”

    Library Journal

  • “Haldeman’s crisp storytelling and juicy plot twists keep us captivated throughout.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan Conery | 1/18/2014

    " I found this book harder to finish. Like the first book much of the background description takes way too long. I found it difficult to engage in the characters. The whole attempt to explain the Others was incomplete to me. Many good story lines were left unfinished. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/12/2013

    " Not as good as I'd hoped. Sometimes the story seemed sluggish, almost painfully so I thought. It helped pass some time but not one of the better novels I've read in recent weeks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Owen | 11/7/2013

    " Ended like a week of "Dilbert" where Scott Adams didn't know how to get out of the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elgin | 10/26/2013

    " I absolutely loved Haldeman's Mindbridge and The Forever War. However, I do not think any of his subsequent books have come close to these. Every once in a while I pick up one of his new books to see if he has "recaptured" this genius. Not yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 10/8/2013

    " A solid read with a somber tone, this is an SF novel well worth the reading. In something of a 'golden age' style it tells the story of humanity's encounter with another species/culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Wilkes | 10/6/2013

    " Review on Mostly Fiction and interview with author on Science Fiction and Other ODDYsseys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 9/26/2013

    " Sort of like a Spencer novel. Haldeman grinds through his standard paces, but I find him enjoyable, so I'm ready to overlook the mechanical nature of the story where others might not be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 9/10/2013

    " Hmmm, probably my least favorite of his books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 7/18/2013

    " While the writing isn't horrible and the story not the worst I've read, the perspective-switching without any identifiers drove me mad and ruined the experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 7/6/2013

    " A fantastic novel. Shades of "Pushing Ice", "2001" and "Contact" combine in an engrossing and moving story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 5/7/2013

    " Weak end and a splintered style, cool ideas "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 1/19/2013

    " I enjoyed this book and I thought it was a good follow up to to the first novel. I read several reviews that said it was boring and slow but I enjoyed the story of the long space flight to Wolf 25. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 4/22/2012

    " Didn't really like this book much. It bored me, thus I sort of skimmed through the latter part of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isaac | 4/16/2012

    " This was the dark sequel to Marsbound. Humanity must face a heartless, omnipotent alien race that expects it to bow down as slaves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Nichols | 2/16/2012

    " Haldeman is a good, clear stylist (he teaches SF writing at MIT), and this novel features some engaging characters - more than its prequel - but the plot is strangely bloodless, as are the book's principal alien antagonists. Good ending, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pilars Scott | 11/19/2011

    " Ugh, rotating 1st person POV without chapter headers detailing which character is speaking and use of journaling. Wish I had known before I picked up the book. If it hadn't been so short I probably wouldn't have finished it. Also not a fan of super powerful all knowing aliens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 7/27/2011

    " Sequel to MARSBOUND. More ersatz late Heinline, with sex scenes/talk shoehorned into what is essentially a juvenile with less than a full novel's worth of plot. Downer ending too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 5/9/2011

    " Somewhat disappointing sequel to "Marsbound." This has the feel of a space opera that Haldeman felt that he had to resolve quickly at the end, while leaving room for another book to tie up a lot of loose ends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Owen | 4/11/2011

    " Ended like a week of "Dilbert" where Scott Adams didn't know how to get out of the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pilars | 3/17/2011

    " Ugh, rotating 1st person POV without chapter headers detailing which character is speaking and use of journaling. Wish I had known before I picked up the book. If it hadn't been so short I probably wouldn't have finished it. Also not a fan of super powerful all knowing aliens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 3/2/2011

    " Sequel to MARSBOUND. More ersatz late Heinline, with sex scenes/talk shoehorned into what is essentially a juvenile with less than a full novel's worth of plot. Downer ending too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/30/2011

    " Hmmm, probably my least favorite of his books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/16/2011

    " Not as good as I'd hoped. Sometimes the story seemed sluggish, almost painfully so I thought. It helped pass some time but not one of the better novels I've read in recent weeks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 1/3/2011

    " Didn't really like this book much. It bored me, thus I sort of skimmed through the latter part of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gendou | 12/2/2010

    " Not as good as Marsbound, but at least it answers the lingering questions from the first book.
    What I likes about Marsbound was its believability.
    This book delves into the radically speculative science fiction, which strains my rigid credulity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 8/6/2010

    " Again with the surprisingly downbeat endings! "

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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 Narrators

Annie Henk is an active bilingual voice-over artist and actress who has worked on several educational projects such as, Voces and ¿Como se Dice?.  She has been seen in various productions such as Branches and X & Y Stories in Songs from Coconut Hill Festival. Her film career includes Quejios, which premiered at the Philadelphia International Film Festival and screened internationally at the Inside Out Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival, the MIX Mexico Film Festival, and the New Festival. She is a member of the Present Tense Theater Project.

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.

Jefferson Mays has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audio narrations. He is also an award-winning theater and film actor. In 2004 he won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, and a Theatre World Award for his solo Broadway performance in I Am My Own Wife, a Pulitzer Prize–winning play by Doug Wright. He holds a BA from Yale College and an MFA from University of California–San Diego.