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Publisher's Summary

From Joe Haldeman, the all-time master of military science fiction, comes the new novel set in the universe of his Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic The Forever War.

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.

©1999 Joe Haldeman (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Go fetch!

The conclusion to the story started in the first two books is far fetched to say the least. Incoherent and diffuse storytelling, leaving me far from engaged. I feel cheated to have such a cheap conclusion to a trilogy that seemed worth my time.
And what does the title even have to do with the book? It has no relevance or anchor. It is like Joe felt like he had to complete the trilogy for trilogies sake, not because he had a story to finish.

To compound the disappointment the narrator fails to read punctuations right, ending sentences at commas with downward inflection, then reading the second part of the sentence as sort of an afterthought. I can not understand why he would do that. Did not the writer compose his sentences to flow in a certain way? Does the narrator not understand what the function of punctuations is? Highly unprofessional.
Besides that he sucks at voices in dialogue. Often leaving me guessing as to who is speaking, not even sure of the sex of the character.
His voice might have a good tone but he has not mastered narration at all.

Meh..

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Didn't like this narrator.

I really thought this narrator didn't sound like the main character. Definitely not my mental image

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the story was good, but the narration is misplaced

I'm not the first person to address that, but it had to be said. the narrator isn't the same from the forever war, so it was really hard to adjust to the new voice. the narrator isn't bad by any means, but I feel like his performance wasn't appropriate for the book.

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Very disappointing. No relation to Forever War

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is a VERY slow and "stupid" book. None of the events (except for the opening setting) make sense. Even though the book continues the story of same characters, it is a HIGH contrast to Forever War. There is NO ACTION. Whole book is set around boring family relations / human colony community relations. The ending makes no sense at all. It seem that the author wanted a cashout / ride to success solely on the coattails of Forever War.

Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Haldeman again?

Not ever going to listen to anything by Joe Haldeman again if i have to pay for it. There too many way better books already lined up for me.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

Narrator doesn't make a difference because i couldn't wait for the book to finish. I had to endure it because i had paid for it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

My reaction was of a complete let down and disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Seriously, don't bother with it.

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Wrong Narrator for the Job

I found the narrator off putting for this story, especially after getting used to the one in the Forever war. The voice was too hillbilly and lacked the appropriate gravitas required of the main characters. The story, which is good, was ruined by the unsettling voice of the narrator.

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Great Sequel

It’s a solid sequel to the Forever War but it’s much different in nature. Still thoroughly enjoyed it though.

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Deus ex garbage

Spoiler: A God did it. Thoroughly ridiculous. Twilight had a more convincing plot. Very disappointing.

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Not a bad sequel

This picks up a few years after the end of the forever war. Haldeman taps into the what of God in this book. Very strange indeed. I personally found the narrator's voice to be just a tad bit annoying ashis timber is higher than what I found pleasant.

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Not going to lie, 1st one was better.

I enjoyed the Forever War alot, but this one not as good as 1st book.

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Great Ending to Forever War!!!

Joe Haldeman is a great technical writer, describing the physics and theoretical physics well. The premise of traveling through time by approaching the speed of light is such an interesting take on time travel with actual science to back some of the fiction. I would recommend this to any sci-fi fan.

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  • stephen
  • 11-09-21

Great Story

Shame about it being read by Quagmire from Family Guy. It's great to have a follow on from the excellent Forever Wat.

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  • Connor MacDonald
  • 10-22-16

A sequel, of sorts

I was eager to get back into the world Haldeman created in 'The Forever War', and while it was slow to start, the book definitely picked up in its second act. However, the ending (which I won't spoil here) seemed clumsy and rushed. None of the actions taken up until the ending have any bearing on the close of the novel and while I found parts of the third act interesting it didn't feel as though they were part of the same book. Worth a listen if you simply must know what happened after the forever war but you'll be left with more questions than answers, and none too satisfying.

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  • JohnT55
  • 08-02-20

Forever War & Forever Free would make a glorious film

Great books read many times they would make a great film part 1 The War and Part 2 Free let’s do something original rather than just remakes of old films

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  • Gary Nicholls / Sarah Nicholls
  • 06-12-20

From start to finish.

Having recently listened to The Forever War, I was left thirsty for more. I learned of the for-mentioned books sequel, " The Forever Free". Following on with the adventures of William Mandella and Mary Gay.
What a book. I was worried it may not be as inspirational as The Forever War. How wrong I was. the was a fantastic book, containing all the right ingredients to quench my thirst for excitement. I don't want cover the contents as I believe this would spoil this for some, what I can say though is that the original story line was written in 1975 and I have only just to date learned of their existence.
as the title states, I was unable to put this book down "from start to finish". The is something quite profound about Joe Haldeman and his writing style. Read it and you will find out.

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  • rosscovich
  • 09-01-19

decent but...

decent but... the exploration of the weird events at the end was too short. It felt as if it were finished in a hurry. I still enjoyed it but it left a semi frustrating taste in the mouth.

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  • Tonks M.
  • 04-05-18

Where to even begin...

The Forever War was a fascinating work really looking at the realities of interstellar warfare and relativity.

Forever Free starts off pretty good with the plan to steal the time warp and ride it out of the galaxy and back, a journey that will take 40,000 years of real time, but 10 years for the crew.

But suddenly, the power supply for the ship vanishes and they're forced to return to the world of Middle Finger, to find no-one. Apparently no-one in the entire galaxy it looks like, and thus they travel to Earth to find answers.

Up until this point, it's a fairly good novel... Then it goes down hill.

Once on Earth they visit Disney World, which somehow has survived over a thousand years through the chaotic times on Earth due to the Forever War, and then there's the Omni... Shape-shifting aliens who are responsible for the Forever War shows up and claims a god is behind the disappearances of Human & Tauron a like... Then God comes down and chats in Mandella...

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  • Neil
  • 10-10-17

A good follow up

A good follow up to The Forever war. If you enjoyed that, you'll enjoy this. The story isn't as good, but its a good continuance.

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  • CtMarkster
  • 04-17-22

Terrible Narration

This Narrator is god awful. He tries way to hard to be expressive, at entirely the wrong moments. You're not reading a kids story to children here, just stop it. Three chapters was too much. Which is a shame, because the book is good.

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  • Nat
  • 06-02-18

Did you love The Forever War? You wont love this..

If you enjoyed The Forever War and were thinking "Hey I want some more of that goodness" then CAUTION!!! this is not going to give you that. In fact, this is going to make you dissapointed and mad.

It starts off good, but slow, then goes balls out lame, deus ex machina, waste of time in the second half. If you loved Mandela and every character in The Forever War, leave them in your memory unaffected by this massive disappointment.

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  • Lawrence
  • 08-26-17

Forth listening it gets better each time

First listening in the context of the rest of the series made this a bit of a shock. Each listening eases it more into the physics of the writers mind. It improves...