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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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    GW 08-28-14
    GW 08-28-14 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!

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    "Memories!"
    What made the experience of listening to Time for the Stars the most enjoyable?

    I had read this book back when I was in school and the author was a favorite of mine. I went through the school library hunting all of his books and read each one so it brought back great memories for me to sit and listen to this story again as an adult. I was pleased to find that it has held up very well over the years.


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

    There is a moment in the story where the characters believe they are safe from harm and are enjoying what they consider to be a victory of sorts and thinking about a job well done. They are completely caught off guard by what happens next and for me, that is a defining moment in the story.


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

    My favorite character was Tom. The story centers around his life and his adventures and it is through his eyes that you see everyone else in the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a moment when you realize that some of what you've thought to be true about the main characters, Tom and Pat, isn't exactly so. For me that is the most emotional part of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Science Fiction from a master.

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    Blasingame 07-29-14
    Blasingame 07-29-14
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    "My First Favorite"
    Any additional comments?

    Eons ago when I was a young lad, this was the first Heinlein book I read and it has long been a favorite, even decades later. It doesn't matter than the science it behind the times, it's still a good story and a good adventure. In addition, Barrett Whitner has become one of my favorite Audible narrators and he does an excellent job with this one.

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    Marisa Dover, NH, United States 03-05-14
    Marisa Dover, NH, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Just plain great story telling"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Time for the Stars to be better than the print version?

    Quite possibly. Barrett Whitner sounds perfect as the lead character.


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

    He perfectly captures the personality of the lead character. He could've been almost telling youn a story about himself.


    Any additional comments?

    I am always a little leary of reading older sci-fi books. You never know how outdated some of the science may be. But Heinlein, like Asimov and Arthur C. Clark, manages to keep to the story and the characters and not get bogged down in pseudo science that is doomed to be outdated someday.
    GREAT READ!

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    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 06-21-13
    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 06-21-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.

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    "Takes one SF idea & dissects it thoroughly"

    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.

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    P. S. Kayser Bradenton, FL 05-15-13
    P. S. Kayser Bradenton, FL 05-15-13 Member Since 2013

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    "awesome old Science Fiction"
    If you could sum up Time for the Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Great Twin Take-off


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

    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.


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

    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.


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

    Yes


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    Darren Macon, GA, United States 04-30-13
    Darren Macon, GA, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Sci Fi old school"
    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Barrett Whitener?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert A. Heinlein? Why or why not?

    Yes, simple and pleasurable old school science fiction. Boy makes good!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Slightly dry but not annoying


    Was Time for the Stars worth the listening time?

    Yes, moved along very fast


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Warren Marshville, NC, United States 04-23-13
    Warren Marshville, NC, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "If the future is not now, it is pretty soon."
    If you could sum up Time for the Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Sci Fi


    Have you listened to any of Barrett Whitener’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy true sci fi such as this book.

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    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 02-06-13
    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Too rushed at the end"

    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?

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    "I was disappointed by this audio interpretation."
    What did you like best about Time for the Stars? What did you like least?

    Robert Heinlein is one of my favorite writers and Time for the Stars was one of my favorite childhood books.


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

    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.


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    John Oak Park, IL, United States 12-28-12
    John Oak Park, IL, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "interesting and enjoyable, but not Heinlein's best"

    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"

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