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When one looks past the dated dialogue that identifies this as being authored in 1956, the concepts of time dilation at relativistic speeds has some fantastic possibilities for drama. "Don't look so dang sourpuss," and "Gee, that's swell" are actual lines, but it is almost as if Heinlein anticipates the linguistic drift that would occur in the decades to follow publication when his protagonist, removed from his descendants by decades spent traveling the stars at light speed, encounters difficulties deciphering the euphemisms and vernacular when he speaks to those of the younger generations. The discoveries and marvels encountered on the voyage are really secondary to the human drama of inter-generational strain as lives proceed at two different paces, forcing divided families to adapt.
P.S. Kayser "Aware"
Great Twin Take-off
The final mission stop when all seemed tranquil, safe, easy and then the monsters struck without remorse or humanity. The struggle among the remaining crew and the possible mutiny that was finally averted brought a bright note as the final solution unfolded.
On the road driving, Barrett Whitener brings the story alive. He adjusted his pacing, offered dramatic pauses, and gave a steadiness to dark moments in the story.
Yes, simple and pleasurable old school science fiction. Boy makes good!
Slightly dry but not annoying
Yes, moved along very fast
Classic Sci Fi
I do not remember listening to Barrett Whitener before, but his read carried me to the stars with the charactors. It does help to have good material but Whitener brought it to life. His voice fit the book.
I enjoy true sci fi such as this book.
The reader was great and I love classic science fiction, so I would recommend this to a friend. I was disappointed that all the plot and character development that seemed so important in the middle of the story line seemed to rush to a finish. It may be a style of that time or the genre at that time, but I wished the strength of the tale and the people in it had kept that momentum till the end. Maybe it's the author's comment on all of us and our lives - we just sort of drizzle out and stop?
Robert Heinlein is one of my favorite writers and Time for the Stars was one of my favorite childhood books.
While his reading was competent enough, Barrett Whitener completely missed Heinlein's voice and made Tom sound like a sad sack through the whole book. Heinlein is known for his smart, sassy, self-reliant characters. I kept finding myself repeating lines in my head with the proper inflection. It was distracting and disappointing.
A boy travels on an interstellar spacecraft, and we "learn" something about the theory of relativity and telepathy...
I like the human story in this, and I like the science lesson for young adults regarding relativity. The novel was supposed to have been targeted at young adults. However, the telepathy stuff reads more like "fantasy" than "sci-fi."
The warnings about overpopulation on Earth are important. It is interesting that Heinlein was informed about this problem in 1956 but now in 2012 most humans have no idea that a problem exists.
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
Great plot. Good performance. Some reviewers didn't agree, but I felt it was just right.
My first experience with Heinlein and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The characters are well developed and I was impressed with the thoughtfulness. This is not just a SciFi book. Of course, if you can't go there (to SciFi) then this is not for you.(I'm 64, read SciFi when younger, and bought this audible book on a whim, just to see what Heinlein was like. It surprised me.)
It is just OK. I am a Heinlein fan- thisw is not his best
The concept of telepathy for communication
The naration did not add to the experience
If they enjoyed sci-fi
I liked the slow pace. The dialogue was stiff and too formal.
yes. It had some very interesting ideas about space and time and a future in which humans are exploring those concepts with adventure
I loved this book for the first half- it felt like a fabulous set-up for an adventure, and I was pumped! Then it just sort of fizzled out, and I felt as though nothing too exciting had happened. I cared about the characters less at the end than when I first met them. The relationships and characters don't evolve, and the interactions between them feel flat. I still enjoyed the overall experience somewhat, as it posed some cool ideas about the (fantastical) reality future explorations of space, and there are some interesting scenes. PS- I am not typically a sci-fi fan, I am more of a fantasy nerd.