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.
“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)
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.
Yes, it's an easy listen and it's one I wouldn't mind listening to while working.
It's similar to other Heinlein you novels. Starman Jones, which is probably my favorite and Citizen of the Galaxy.
It was a solid performance.
It had a pretty neat concept, a nice mixture of hard and soft sci-fi
Just a good light read
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