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Time for the Stars | [Robert A. Heinlein]

Time for the Stars

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.

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

    P.S. Kayser "Aware"

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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 BOSTIC, NC, United States 04-23-13
    Warren BOSTIC, 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Amazon Customer 01-29-13
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Ken M Federal Way, WA USA 12-24-12
    Ken M Federal Way, WA USA 12-24-12

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    "Much more than SciFi"
    What made the experience of listening to Time for the Stars the most enjoyable?

    Great plot. Good performance. Some reviewers didn't agree, but I felt it was just right.


    Any additional comments?

    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.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer studio city, ca, United States 12-24-12
    Amazon Customer studio city, ca, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "too much time"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It is just OK. I am a Heinlein fan- thisw is not his best


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The concept of telepathy for communication


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

    The naration did not add to the experience


    Did Time for the Stars inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ariel Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-16-12
    Ariel Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "first half is fantastic, second is disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If they enjoyed sci-fi


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Underwhelmed


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked the slow pace. The dialogue was stiff and too formal.


    Was Time for the Stars worth the listening time?

    yes. It had some very interesting ideas about space and time and a future in which humans are exploring those concepts with adventure


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 12-11-12
    Dustin Walton, KY, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A great Heinlein youth novel"
    Would you listen to Time for the Stars again? Why?

    Yes, it's an easy listen and it's one I wouldn't mind listening to while working.


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

    It's similar to other Heinlein you novels. Starman Jones, which is probably my favorite and Citizen of the Galaxy.


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

    It was a solid performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It had a pretty neat concept, a nice mixture of hard and soft sci-fi


    Any additional comments?

    Just a good light read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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