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I think I must have been around 12 or 13 and just starting Jr High School when my twin sister checked "Time for the Stars" out of the school library. She was disappointed that we weren't telepathic, but I was curious about the book and picked it up. It was the first of many hours enjoying the worlds of RAH. Although this was one of the series of books that Heinlein wrote for young people, it was, and still is, an engaging story for people of any age. Heinlein is at his best when describing ordinary people struggling with extraordinary situations. If you are a Heinlein fan, you won't be disappointed. As with so many of Heinlein's books, I look forward to listening to this one again.
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Early Heinlein should be required reading in Middle School. His books are intelligent and give kids great advice. What I like most about his books are his love for science and education. Without being preachy, he stresses the importance of working hard and for study. There are so many books out there that have characters who have great things happen to them for no good reason. Kids reading these books believe that great things are just waiting to happen to them, without any effort on there part. When they grow up and find out they are not a Prince or Princess in some other dimension or that you don't become a CEO, by doing nothing to accomplish it, they become depressed. They think that life is not fair. They hate those who did work hard to accomplish there goals. Television and lots of fantasy books have done a great disservice to our youth.
With the exception of telepathy, this is a real good book. It is a shame that telepathy is such a big part of the book. I believe that are brains are capable of a lot more then what we are using them for, but the notion about telepathy, especially over the vastness of space almost put this Science Fiction into the realm of Fantasy.
The main characters are hard working and do study. The wonder of space travel is here. Yet this book is probably more introspective then most Heinlein books. The internal struggles of the main character make this a good book for adults as well as children. Sometimes we don't know are selves as well as we think we do. Getting to know yourself and why you do what you do, can help you to change what might need changing in order to reach the goals you want. Like most early Heinlein books this book is deep on many levels.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
I loved this when I first read it as an adolescent, and was really pleased to find how well it has stood the test of time. Yes, there are a few jarring moments - it would be depressing if, so far in the future, women had still needed their husband's permission to do things - however, it didn't seriously mar my enjoyment. The characters and situations are still interesting and the premise of the story (telepathic communication) remains fresh and original. The narrator also does a good job. Very pleased I bought this one!
This is an enjoyable novel, something you can listen to and enjoy for the characters and the plot, while making allowances for the central premise. for those that enjoy Heinlein's 'juveniles' it's a good listen.