The Forever War

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 439 ratings

The Forever War 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.

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  • Book 1

    • The Forever War

    • By: Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated by: George Wilson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 279
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it.

    • By Sara on 07-01-09

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 2

    • Forever Peace

    • By: Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated by: George Wilson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 43

    War in the 21st 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An Enjoyable Romp

    • By Gavin Jones on 29-07-15

    Regular price: £30.89

  • Book 3

    • Forever Free

    • By: Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    An epic story about war, peace, and the price of freedom, Forever Free reintroduces listeners to William Mandella - who has been living peacefully on the planet called Middle Finger, a refuge for humans who refuse to become part of the group mind known as Man. But after decades of this peace, Mandella and others are tired of living like zoo animals. So they steal a starship - and embark upon a voyage that will forever change their understanding of the universe, and themselves.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A sequel, of sorts

    • By Connor MacDonald on 22-10-16

    Regular price: £20.39