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Time for the Stars Audiobook
Time for the Stars
Written by: 
Robert A. Heinlein
Narrated by: 
Barrett Whitener
Time for the Stars Audiobook

Time for the Stars

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Publisher's Summary

Travel to other planets is now a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity of finding habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. There’s a problem though—because the spaceships are slower than light, any communication between the exploring ships and Earth would take years.

Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers. As twins they’ve always been close, so close that it seemed like they could read each other’s minds. When they are recruited by the Long Range Foundation, the twins find out that they can, indeed, peer into each other’s thoughts. Along with other telepathic duos, they are enlisted to be the human transmitters and receivers that will keep the ships in contact with Earth. But there’s a catch: one of the twins has to stay behind—and that one will grow old—while the other explores the depths of space and returns as a young man still.

©1956 ; 1983 by Robert A. Heinlein; 2003 by the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“One of the superb Heinlein stories that has excitement, urbanity, humanity, rationality, pace, understanding, and is a joy to read.” (New York Times)

“Rarely has Heinlein pushed his imagination further…A vivid, stirring experience.” (Chicago Tribune)

“He showed us where the future is.” (Tom Clancy)

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-08-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "You had to look twice to know she was pretty"

    Early Heinlein should be required reading in Middle School. His books are intelligent and give kids great advice. What I like most about his books are his love for science and education. Without being preachy, he stresses the importance of working hard and for study. There are so many books out there that have characters who have great things happen to them for no good reason. Kids reading these books believe that great things are just waiting to happen to them, without any effort on there part. When they grow up and find out they are not a Prince or Princess in some other dimension or that you don't become a CEO, by doing nothing to accomplish it, they become depressed. They think that life is not fair. They hate those who did work hard to accomplish there goals. Television and lots of fantasy books have done a great disservice to our youth.

    With the exception of telepathy, this is a real good book. It is a shame that telepathy is such a big part of the book. I believe that are brains are capable of a lot more then what we are using them for, but the notion about telepathy, especially over the vastness of space almost put this Science Fiction into the realm of Fantasy.

    The main characters are hard working and do study. The wonder of space travel is here. Yet this book is probably more introspective then most Heinlein books. The internal struggles of the main character make this a good book for adults as well as children. Sometimes we don't know are selves as well as we think we do. Getting to know yourself and why you do what you do, can help you to change what might need changing in order to reach the goals you want. Like most early Heinlein books this book is deep on many levels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RickyF United States 04-11-13
    RickyF United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not as good as it could be"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Barrett Whitener’s performance?

    He is not qualified to narrate Heinlein.


    Any additional comments?

    The producers at Audible need to be more discriminating in selecting readers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mafunzalo 07-23-16
    Mafunzalo 07-23-16 Member Since 2016

    Mafunzalo

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    "it didn't age well."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dnation 07-19-16
    dnation 07-19-16

    dn

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    "Love Anything Heinlein"

    This is one of favorite books from childhood, which I reread every few years. Very good narration.

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    carolaird 05-19-16
    carolaird 05-19-16

    Carol Aird

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    "Best young adult sci fi ever"

    This is one of the first time travel books I'd read as a young adult. Still the best, by a master of sci fi

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    Jason FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 12-13-15
    Jason FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 12-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Heinlein Classic"

    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

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    Brad JACKSONVILLE, ARKANSAS, United States 02-02-15
    Brad JACKSONVILLE, ARKANSAS, United States 02-02-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Thought Provoking"
    What made the experience of listening to Time for the Stars the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a story of growing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Most likely when the main character realizes his independence.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    To the stars.... Of course.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 12-17-14
    Lisa 12-17-14
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    "Good, but not wonderful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development was good.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Include some emotion in his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Story needs a better ending, kind of just.....ends.

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    Katie Daniel 09-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty Good"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was pretty good, but not quite as good as Stranger in a Strangeland.

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    K. Jones Dallas, Texas 09-09-14
    K. Jones Dallas, Texas 09-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story. Ahead of it's time. Boring Narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Narrator has no life to his reading. The whole book had the same tone.


    Did Barrett Whitener do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not so much. It didn't sound like he had much enthusiasm or emotion at all when reading this. This left the characters feeling lacking in emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good story for the younger audience. I was surprised to hear it was copywrite in the 50's considering the topics discussed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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