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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (37,199 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:
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When it was first published over twenty years ago, Joe Haldeman’s novel won the Hugo and Nebula Awards and was chosen as 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, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “To say that The Forever War is the best science fiction war novel ever written is to damn it with faint praise. It is, for all its techno-extrapolative brilliance, as fine and woundingly genuine a war story as any I’ve read.”

    William Gibson, author of Neuromancer

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeff Pennal | 2/16/2014

    " I'm not sure what I think about the book. The main plot thread of the book deal with a "man out of time" scenario and how he deals with societal changes across 1000 years. The biggest problem with the book however is in the cultural changes that occur during that time period (at least in the first 300 years). I suppose that if you grew up in the 1960's and 70's, the kind of distopian future described in the book might have seemed possible, however given how things turned out in the last 40 years, its so offbase as to be almost laughable. Overall, a decent book, given its flaws and the book had a very satisfying ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sunil | 2/15/2014

    " One of my favorites. Haldeman discusses time distortion, reintegration into society, and the absurdity of new technologies in warfare amazingly well. I bought this book on a whim before my first year at college. I stayed up all night and finished it. READ IT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nalin Ratnayake | 2/2/2014

    " Well deserving of it's revered place in the science fiction canon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aaron Fisher | 12/9/2013

    " Many reviewers seem to think this books rates up there with Heinlein's classic of military science fiction, Starship Troopers. Purely as a read, I have to agree. The ideas expressed about how technology might affect the span of the future over thousands of years were well rendered and plausible. And at the core were the characters - normal people from any time, placed in extraordinary circumstances. Good science fiction is at the core, fiction, that makes us dream about the potential of the future. This book facilitates that remarkably well. "

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