Incredibly thought-provoking story. Intelligently written without a hint of pretension. Many parts of the story serve as a backdrop for rational discussion regarding the beliefs and faith of scientists and religious practitioners.
Conversations between Dr. Eroway and Palmer Joss.
Well-paced. Bad accents. Perfect for Dr. Eroway's voice
A couple laugh-out-loud and "aha!" moments.
This book blew my mind. I'm a big fan of realistic science fiction and this, with 2001 space odyssey is one of the best masterpiece I've read. The plot is detailed enough to grab attention but leave the reader to dream. The performance is strong. Very clear, elegant voice with different tones for different characters. Highly recommended!
Sagan is like that one professor in college that couldn't stay on topic if his life depended on it. At some points you find yourself sitting there wondering what one Earth is he going on about, but give it a couple minutes and you're back on the story.
I'll be honest, I used the skip button more than a few times. It needed to happen, but once the story got going it was hard to walk away from and then it was over.
Overall I like it, but there's some really Irritating exaggerated pronunciation of frequently used words, such as: polar-EYE-zation, civil-EYE-zation, etc...
A captivating story, which wrestles more with the complex interplay of science with politics and religion thannwith the existence of extraterrestial life. Sagan well understood thiese interactions - as a scientist myself I found myself recognising the characters he created, and the arguments he has them making.
So much better than the movie could have prepared me for. You owe it to yourself to read this book. And read it again. Ideas are more important than you realize.
If you're looking for a strong female
Protagonist, this is your novel. Smart, well-paced, and engaging. I enjoyed every minute.
Love the creativity, imagination, adventure!! Fun.
So pleased that the book had 5 travelers rather than just 1, as in the movie. Alao enjoyed the twist at end with her Father... Had not recalled this.
You'll fall in love with the main character, Ellie, stand in awe of nature and science, and be humbled in contemplation of how small you are and how vulnerable you are to the dangers of irrational thinking. Sagan begins every chapter with a few apt quotes, which I found beautiful and inspiring. Occasionally a little long winded, but mostly wonderful. Highly recommended for lovers of science, sci-fi, and the numinous.