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Publisher's Summary

“Space is deep, Man is small, and Time is his relentless enemy....”

How far is too far? Alan Corday is about to find out. Corday is shanghaied aboard a craft bound for the stars...on a journey at the speed of light, the world he leaves behind fast vanishing into the past. And nothing in the dark, forbidding reaches of space can prepare him for the astounding discovery he will make upon his return from the stars. 

“This is indeed golden SF from the Golden Age.” (Publishers Weekly)

©2004 L. Ron Hubbard Library (P)2004 Galaxy Press LLC

Critic Reviews

"Hubbard was one of the great pulp writers, and this brief SF novel...is one of his finest works." (Publishers Weekly)

“One of the greatest science fiction novels ever written.” (Jerry Pournelle)

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To the Stars

This was a great story. The drama was really pulling me along intermixed with some great action. But then at the end -- I totally was not expecting that!

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Really enjoyed it!!

Had a very good time from the start.
Very interesting story. I liked his style.

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Great story!

It's a great read of science fiction with a logical and intriguing story where romance lasts forever!

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One of the best audio books

One of the best books ever written. Incredible. Character development that could rival Game of Thrones combined with a great audio performance and sound effects makes an excellent audiobook.

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The best I've listened to this year!

What did you love best about To the Stars?

The adventure, the story, and the ending.

What was one of the most memorable moments of To the Stars?

Traveling through space and not aging, the esprit de corp of the navigation officers.

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

Great voices, and characters, wonderful cast!

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

The first time he came back to earth, Gand the changes in civilization.

Any additional comments?

Great book, I can see where Robert Heinlien learned his craft, since Hubbard was his mentor.

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Great listen...

Good book, nice story...Seems kinda gloomy in the begining but things start making more sence later on and also makes you pause and think which is what you want out of the book...

Listened to it more than once.

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GREAT AUDIOBOOK,

GREAT AUDIOBOOK. CLASIC 50'S SCIFY. ONLY DOWNSIDE IS THE SINGING. I WISH I COULD SKIP THE SINGING.

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A soaring adventure with a classy ending

This story has many well developed characters which you grow to respect. I keeps you energized and craving the story as it climbs. The gripping action and sound effects do their best. You will enjoy the story and want to hear it again.

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A dark look at the future...

Okay, it's just cool. A look at why man does what he does. Not for profit, but for an idea, or ideals. It's a deep book, or a space tale. Either way, best told or listened to in a dark tavern by the ocean on a starry night.

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Dark!

This was a very interesting listen and well put together, although it is a dark story indeed and taken as a vision of man's future offers little hope.

In does ask some hard questions about survival and ethics and what is right and wrong and what happens when one goes out of communication with society and has no place within it.

In fact, whether this happens due to relativistic time distortion or by some other means the results are similar -- insular groups tend to go the same way, do the same things.

Not one to buy for a 'nice' read or to cheer you up, but a good book.

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  • 07-19-22

proper science fiction!

brilliantly written story about a possible future for mankind, without all the far fetched special effects, it deals with him man emotions of deep space travel and the consequences of fast as light travel and its effect on time. Good solid sci-fi from the best in the business. everyone should read this and draw the lessons it has within, and maybe we will actually have a future......

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  • Luke Ayers
  • 08-18-20

My most favourite storyline I've ever read

I found this deeply thought provoking and the character voices were just spot on and helped it even more. I've lost count of how many times I've relistened to this.

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  • Charlene G.
  • 01-06-07

Superb

I really enjoyed reading this book when it was recently released in hardback edition. I was therefore very interested in an unabridged audio edition, which allows me to listen to it on the move. I was not disappointed, this is a really good adaptation of the book, which conveys the dark atmosphere of the story to perfection. It manages to combine time travel and space exploration in the same plot with a smooth simplicity and is never dull. You can tell it was written quite a long time ago by some of the language used, but this helps to convey the classic feel of the story. Recommended listening.

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  • Tim S.
  • 09-29-19

Powerful science fiction story.

An extremely interesting concept containing a lot of realism. One of my favourite science fiction reads. A haunting message.