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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 2016

    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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    Amazon Customer FL 05-30-17
    Amazon Customer FL 05-30-17 Member Since 2016

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    "one of RAH's best"

    I love Heinlein..this book is about coming of age and it is awesome. He takes his protagonist from a youth to an adult who knows himself. His wit and intelligence keeps you with the story ...you hate for it to end.

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    kathryn purvey 04-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Ending was an anticlimax"

    Seemed like he didn't know how to end the story so he kinda just did!

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    Emmett 03-19-17
    Emmett 03-19-17
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    "Dated or intended for the teens?"

    This was pleasant. Gives lots of fatherly advice.
    I imagined several times that Heinlein was writing this for a 16-18 year old progeny.

    I definitely enjoyed and appreciated his view of the future from 1956.
    He got a lot of it right. I also enjoy and appreciate his imagination.

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    Ken Fremont, CA, United States 12-11-16
    Ken Fremont, CA, United States 12-11-16 Member Since 2010

    Avid listener, former reader. Especially enjoys Audiobooks on long road trips. They help us to stay alert and minimizes arguments.

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    "Like an old friend."

    Read the print copy when I was a teenager. I'm 70 now and enjoyed it as much as I did then. Heinlein has always been one of my favorite authors.

    While some of his works may seem juvenile and dated now they instill fond memories of discovering science fiction for the first time that has stayed with me until the present.

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    "This is why I love science-fiction!"
    If you could sum up Time for the Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Epic; Thoughtful; Immersive


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In a very real way, there are only two characters that matter: Tom Bartlett and time. I think time was my favorite, and not in a bad way. Barret manages to be self-effacing enough that you can live the amazing trip through him.


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

    Several, but they each manage to fade into the background. This is one of the few books I could re-read and be surprised again.


    Any additional comments?

    Old-style SF, where the plot is essentially an exploration of a facet of science: in this case, the Twin Paradox. Basic, subdue characters let the author concentrate on story over drama.

    The text shows some age - always weird to hear of sarsparilla in space tales - but feels reasonable progressive for something written in 1956, which is often a sticking point.

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    Ray RN Lost Coast, California 11-07-16
    Ray RN Lost Coast, California 11-07-16

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    "Classic Heinlein"

    a great story reminiscent of Tunnel in the Sky but more mature, and wonderfully well-read. I am glad these Classics remain available for the young and the young at heart.

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    mm46 Santa Cruz 10-26-16
    mm46 Santa Cruz 10-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "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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    Marcus 10-07-16
    Marcus 10-07-16 Member Since 2016
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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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