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Time for the Stars Audiobook

Time for the Stars

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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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    Richard BLACKFOOT, IDAHO, United States 10-29-12
    Richard BLACKFOOT, IDAHO, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Like Heinlein"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Time for the Stars to be better than the print version?

    No, same. I just like when the perforer reads the book not performes the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Time for the Stars?

    The second planat were they lost a lot of the crew.


    Which character – as performed by Barrett Whitener – was your favorite?

    The main forgot his name, whoops.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, to long for one sitting.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 04-30-15
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 04-30-15 Member Since 2014

    Rob Thomas

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    "The Twin Paradox Brought to Life."

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Quin 09-30-16
    Quin 09-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic Heinlien Perfection - a timeless work."

    I first read this when I was 8 or 9. It is just as good now as it was, well, a long time ago. It holds up pretty well for fiction written 60 years ago. This is one you can share with kids, on a long car trip. Or, as a "reread" or good introduction to Heinlien's stories. My only trouble with the reader was his protagonists voice. I thought he made him sound too young. But, that is just the voice in my head! It may match four you. Well worth the listen.

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    Michael Huffman Indiana 09-27-16
    Michael Huffman Indiana 09-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "mind expanding!"

    heinlein is brilliant and engaging!
    a great listening experience . written 60 years ago and just like it was written yesterday.

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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL, US 09-27-16
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL, US 09-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "timeless"

    I didn't realize that this book was written in 1956 until the end. the story was very enjoyable.

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    Paige 09-26-16
    Paige 09-26-16
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    "So fun except the side of sexism ..."

    This work has all the fun of space and excitement of adventure, you just keep getting hit upside the head with the "women's place" jokes. It really feels it's age (written in the 50's) when the female characters keep being told to shut their pretty mouths.
    I really love the story as a whole and the main character grows and find his voice by the end.

    Read this knowing what it is, I true time capsule to a time when adventure was viewed a mans job.

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    SenorBoffo 09-19-16
    SenorBoffo 09-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful book from my youth!"
    Would you listen to Time for the Stars again? Why?

    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!


    What other book might you compare Time for the Stars to and why?

    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.


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    BritAbroad 08-24-16
    BritAbroad 08-24-16
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    "Terrible Narator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story is good, but the narrator is not a good story teller and it killed the entire story for me.


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

    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.


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    Pandora Martinez 08-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Great Read"
    Where does Time for the Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It up on list of favorite.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Time for the Stars?

    *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!


    What does Barrett Whitener bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing him tell the story brought about more emotions. I wouldn't have cried as hard if I didn't hear it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I wanted to absorb all I read and make it last till I got my hands on another book


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 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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