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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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  • mm46
  • Santa Cruz
  • 10-26-16

Everything is relative

Recently got into Heinlein's works. Stirred up some emotions in me. Good story that is kind of somber. Recommended must read/listen for sci-fi fans. But if you got onto this book, by this author... then you already know it's worth checking out.

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Great Sci Fi

This is a thinker that generates nostalgia and excites about space and pioneering. Good listen.

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Exciting Space Adventure

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This book was fast-paced and exciting. There were several twists I didn't see coming. There were some weird Heinlein quirks, but they were less noticeable until other reviewers pointed them out. I would re-read this. The narrator was good.

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Very enjoyable.


Very well written, very well narrated. I would very much recommend this book. Thank you.

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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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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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timeless

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

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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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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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Terrible Narator

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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.