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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,482 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Heinlein Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781455193929
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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 still a young man.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “He showed us where the future is.”

    Tom Clancy

  • “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

  • “Robert A. Heinlein may have been the all-time most important writer of genre SF.”

    Science Fiction Encyclopedia

  • “The word that comes to mind for him is essential. As a writer—eloquent, impassioned, technically innovative—he reshaped science fiction in a way that defined it for every writer who followed him…He was the most significant science fiction writer since H. G. Wells.”

    Robert Silverberg

  • Seven-time winner of the Hugo Award
  • Winner of the SFWA Grand Master Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 2/16/2014

    " If I could only ever read one book, this would probably be it. Not because it's great but because it's uplifting, forward-thinking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Osborne | 2/7/2014

    " Entertaining Heinlein juvenile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yougo | 2/2/2014

    " An interesting story about the nature of relationships, of friendship and intriguing scientific principles. What happens when you can communicate over infinite distances using telapathy, without any delays? Now what happens when you are traveling nearly the speed of light and time's relativity is different between the two communicators? A very interesting and well written book, I quite enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Hallbrooks | 1/5/2014

    " It was one of if not the first science fiction book that I have read. I haven't really read many science fiction books but this one has stuck with me since I read it...I believe I was a teenager at the time. So it has been many moons and books ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 1/4/2014

    " Read this first in HS, just finished it again. One of Heinlein's greats. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy Morrow | 1/2/2014

    " Great book with realistic dialog, something I find Heinlein does quite well. This story was very interesting and fed my Science Fiction cravings, though the ending was kinda weird......Timothy~ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacinta | 1/1/2014

    " Nothing complex about this story, but excellent fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fatbaldguy60 | 11/18/2013

    " This is a great book, as are almost all of Heinlein's early works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 11/2/2013

    " The science doesn't seem terribly dated. The pseudo-science is fun, as is the adventure. The politics are minimal; the sexism is horrible but clearly not malicious. I can't recommend it - but if you want to read it or remember it fondly, I support you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karly | 10/31/2013

    " It was very enjoyable and interesting to read (or listen to, in this case). However it took a turn in the last chapter that reminded me it was written in the 1950s. It also icked me out. But other than that, I was sucked in for a majority of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 9/25/2013

    " Going through a lot of the old SF. Pretty sure I read this long ago. Short, enjoyable read. Reminds me of how crisp and clear Heinlein's writing is. Kind of neat to see the old fashioned "space travel will be like this in the future" stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 9/20/2013

    " One of Heinlein's young adult SF adventures. Good but not up to his best work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ewok117 (Who has a cooler username than you) | 11/11/2012

    " WOOT!!! This was one of the best sci-fi that I've ever read, and that says something. I'd give it a 7/5 any day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 9/21/2012

    " It was great but the ending shouldn't have been written. It was awful. Seriously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey | 4/14/2012

    " a perfect sf novel for teens into science fiction without a lot of complicated science. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 1/22/2012

    " Another great Heinlein Classic. I really enjoyed this book. Space travel, telepaths and exploration of Space and the human mind make this a great read. A few details are a bit dated but the story is so good it is easy to ignore a few minor things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roman | 5/15/2011

    " Time for the Stars by Robert A. Heinlein (2007) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 3/20/2011

    " I enjoyed this, but the end was a little weird to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K. | 3/15/2011

    " I thought it was well written, interesting, and kept me wanting to finish it. So I did.
    Good idea for a sci-fi, used physics well, and gave an idea of what a future in space might be like with the rules.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha | 1/4/2011

    " Anything by Heinlein is worth your time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garland Coulson | 12/5/2010

    " Another great Heinlein story. And an intruiguing use of twins to show what happens to the difference in time when a ship travels at near relativistic speeds.

    Also a great use of telepathy as communication over long distances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 8/7/2010

    " Loved Heinlein when I was a kid. Re-read it when I was in college. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnny | 12/2/2009

    " Heinlein is a genius. Why? Because it takes a genius to turn a complicated physics theory into a compelling story. I'm not too sure if all the theories in this story have actually been proven but, man, is the story a good one.

    I just found me a new favourite author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 8/2/2009

    " One of Heinlein's young adult SF adventures. Good but not up to his best work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle | 6/19/2009

    " It was great but the ending shouldn't have been written. It was awful. Seriously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roman | 3/31/2009

    " Time for the Stars by Robert A. Heinlein (2007) "

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About the Author
Author Robert A. Heinlein

Robert Anson Heinlein (1907–1988) was born in Missouri. He served five years in the US Navy and then attended graduate classes in mathematics and physics at UCLA. After a variety of jobs, he began to write science fiction in 1939. He is a four-time winner of the Hugo Award and a recipient of three Retro Hugos, and in 1975 he was named the first recipient of the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement. Several of his books were New York Times bestsellers, and his worldwide bestsellers have been translated into twenty-two languages. 

About the Narrator

Barrett Whitener has been narrating audiobooks since 1992. His recordings have won several awards, including the prestigious Audie and six Earphones Awards. AudioFile magazine has named him one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Washington, DC.