Narrator ruins this. He is flat in his reading. His lack of interpretation and enthusiasm ruined the story. I would have been happier reading this myself.
He is not qualified to narrate Heinlein.
The producers at Audible need to be more discriminating in selecting readers.
When I started reading this I had forgotten this was a book intended for younger readers (it was part of Robert Heinlein’s “Juveniles Series”). I can’t pretend to know whether kids these days would still like this sort of sci fi tale, but I’d imagine that they would.
The focus of the book is not interstellar action and derring do, although there is a bit of action towards the end. The book is partly about relationships, primarily twin sibling relationships. It's also about man’s efforts to explore and discover his world/universe.
The ending was somewhat more profound than I had expected it to be. Also interesting, the plot also brings the twin paradox to life.
I recommend this book if you are interested in vintage sci fi or, perhaps, the themes of discovery and sibling relationships.
[Spoiler alert: ] The book is a product of its time, and ends with the main character marrying his great-grandniece. That, I'd suggest, is a bit icky by today’s standards.
Time for the Stars captured my imagination when I first read it as a teenager, but I forgot both the name of the book and author. I would even occasionally mention this story in conversations with my wife and friends. I was thrilled to re-discover this novel decades later on Audible, and was not in the least disappointed. I can't say this is my favorite Heinlein novel, but it is very good. The ideas and concepts are fantastic. I definitely recommend!
In my opinion Heinlein's storytelling, writing, and themes are best expressed "novels for boys" which "Time for the Stars" is just one example. While these were written for teen boys in the 1940s and 50s, I am getting at least as much enjoyment out of them in my 40s and 50s as any teenager ever did.
The story is good, but the narrator is not a good story teller and it killed the entire story for me.
He's flat, almost entirely monotonic, and doesn't seem to have connected with the characters or the story being told. He has lots of jerky, hesitating 'joins' to sentences that should flow. I won't buy another book done by this narrator.
It up on list of favorite.
*spoiler warning* When the beloved uncle dies. I bawled my eyes out. I would of tossed the mp3 player if I wasn't driving. That was so hard to listen too!
Hearing him tell the story brought about more emotions. I wouldn't have cried as hard if I didn't hear it.
No I wanted to absorb all I read and make it last till I got my hands on another book
If you haven't read any of Heinlein books before the ending will surprise you. He does this in so many of his other books.
The writing came from nearly sixty years ago. The colloquialisms are not part of today's speech. the scientific story is based on Einstein's theory and it makes a successful structure. The human story around it is acceptable and believable. but try to get it through your library. It's not worth paying for.
I am so impressed with almost all of Heinleins books. This is yet another great story, many young people can learn allot from it.
I can't wait for the next on on my list
Heinlein takes some thing that tickles the realm of possibility and explores it to the fullest. Also beyond the science and setting, he focuses in on the relationships and personalities of the characters. These are the things with meaning and it's what he explores against the backdrop of the fantastic.
It's a story of growing.
Most likely when the main character realizes his independence.
To the stars.... Of course.