No, Laurel Lefkow's performance is slightly annoying. I may read it again, though.
Ellie is awesome.
Worth a listen / read.
I like the "Contact" movie, and I originally read the book first. Reading the book add some different dimensions to the story. Its too bad Carl Sagan isn't around to update his story, I'm sure he'd have some interesting things to say. I liked the movie for its special effects, and Jodie Foster. The original story by Sagan has that interesting ending..suppose you to were able to graph out the numbers to PI.....do you suppose the numbers might form a circle?
Making science popular for at least two generations of people, Carl Sagan's Contact goes a long way in doing just that: making science comprehensible in the form of this novel. Dr. Eleanor Arroway is an accessible, likable character and Laurel Lefkow performs her beautifully. Theists, atheists, and agnostics, and even the scientifically illiterate can all equally enjoy this book.
If you've ever been even slightly interested in SETI-the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or in astronomy, please read or listen to Contact, but don't expect it to be like the movie.
Yes because this book is read by the perfect actor.
Elle Airaway because of the characteristics I share with her.
My favorite seen is when the Machine takes them through several worm holes to arive at their destination and they five characters meet the aliens before being told to go back.
Charles Wm Anderson
Absolutely mesmerizing story about the wasted energy expended in choosing between science and God.
Without either there can be neither.
What sticks out most is the dawning realization by the heroine of the real science.
She is almost conversational in tone. Not quite as conversational as Jodie Foster, who read the abridged version, but sufficiently to permit my mind to concentrate on story instead of performance.
Yes, absolutely even though I have seen the movie twice before.
Buy the book also and read along with Laura for double the pleasure.
I note that some reviewers did not like the narrator, (for a lack of accents?) Astonishing. This was perfectly read. A gentle caress to the ear. Letting the story do the work, beautiful timbre, and every word delivered with clarity. A masterful definition of the art of narration. Laurel Lefkow, thank you, wonderful work.
The novel, well, it does wander a bit. It addresses questions of science, some of the theories of which were at the point of writing, the shores of the unknown. Putting those questions of existence up against love and faith, an interesting and confusing basket.
I really liked it, but I admit, 60% of that was because of the beauty of Lefkow's voice. She could read the telephone directory for me.
Yes, I would, if she had not read the story already.
The movie does a good job of covering the book. I eventually stopped as I didn't find that there was any particularly new insight, as I had hoped.
In the movie, the ending is fantastic.
I love the theme, that as human beings we have experiences that can't be explained by science; sometimes faith is all we have.
She does fine. Her voice fits pretty well with Ellie.
The movie, yes. I enjoy the ending dramatically.
The book, I didn't finish, as I mention above.
Audio books are a great resource for office jobs in the computer graphics field and possibly long car rides. Unfortunately not every audio book can be read by Morgan Freedman. Although Laurel Lefkow's performance is better than most, I feel she tends to overdramatize her sentences. What's worse is her decision to characterize each role in the novel. This may work for children's books but falls short for a science fiction masterpiece.
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I do believe that if contact was made through radio transmissions, that it would go similar to part one of this book.
Part one gave you some of the awe and wonder of space and how hard scientist work to make discoveries. You can see in the first part of this book where Robert J. Sawyer got some of his ideas for WWW. Wake.
Chapter 10 started part 2. Chapter 10 is a long debate between an agnostic and a bible thumping preacher. I have read some non-fiction books from Sagan and he has mentioned his religious beliefs and his politics. In a non-fiction book I am okay with that, but in a fiction work I believe it is too self serving. Who wouldn't like to have a debate where you dream up the arguments of your opponents? Nor do I have a problem with Sagan being an Agnostic. Arthur C. Clarke is one of my favorite authors and he was an Atheist. Like most books of this time and authors from the Age of Aquarius, there is much talk about Vietnam and Racism.
Part 3 starts with chapter 19. Five chosen people are sent to visit the aliens. Sagan borrows a little from Raymond F. Jones and This Island Earth for this part. The aliens in Jones' book are a lot more interesting. I found Sagan's aliens to be a little anti-climatic. I also could not believe how bitchy the five chosen got on the trip.
I would give part one, four starts, Part two, three stars and Part three, four stars. As a whole three stars.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
A modern 'classic'. It is a really good piece of prose that I think was better in its movie form. The book it fine for about 3/4's of the plot then the last 1/4...I am glad did not make it in the film.