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The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

For a 39-year-old story this one holds up pretty well and it is fun to see the origin of many of the themes in more modern science fiction stories.

I really enjoyed the idea that every time they get in a ship and head off to war they return hundreds of years later; it is an intriguing idea. So after one battle they return to find earth a very different place and the most experience veterans in the war even though they do not feel like it.

I think any fan of science fiction should take the time to read the classics of the genres and understand more about the origins of the themes and plot elements that we take for granted today. And the Forever War is one of those classics that every fan should take the time to read.

George Wilson’s voice has such a classic storyteller timbre to it; he really brought the story to life for me.

I bought The Forever War audiobook from Audible and listened to it using the Audible app on my iPhone.

From the publisher:

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

I rate this book a 9 out of 10 and recommend it to anyone looking for great classic science fiction.

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