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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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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...
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.
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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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