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.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
The primary plot of this book is first contact with aliens via radio telescopes. This part of the book is interesting. However, the author, Carl Sagan, keeps diverting into subjects that have nothing to do with the major plot line. So it's part fiction and part non fiction. Although the subjects are interesting, such as Chinese Emperors of the Ming Dynasty, they have nothing to do with the plot. I just think the author (who had the famous TV show Cosmos) just liked to show off his knowledge.
Although this is science fiction, the book is set in the present. The lead character is in college during the Viet Nam War, which would put the present at 2000. The part with contacting aliens is conceivable, but the author all of a sudden has older people living on space stations. Basically retirement homes in space. This just comes out of the blue and throws the whole book off.
Typically I listen to books and fall asleep while listening. I then rewind them to the last part I remember. I did not bother with this book since it was rather tedious.
If you want to read science fiction, there are much better books. Or with Contact you can watch the movie on Netflix.
I loved this book when it first came out. I had listened to the abridged version some years back and it was horrible, despite having Jodie Foster as the reader. There was too much excised from it to sound like Carl.
Laurel Lefkow is a tremendous reader and while some of the tech in the book has not fared well (this was written long before mobile phones), when you let that go, the core of the story still has enormous weight and a powerful message.
Carl's been gone a long time now, but this work of fiction is really him.
Great book. Ever since I watched the movie, being a ham-radio aficionado myself, I wanted to know more and more. The book has a great story and more complete development than the book. Great! Simply amazing!
It's like the movie only was inspired by this book. There are things that will feel familiar but ,by and large, this book outreaches any of the thoughts that were placed into the movie. Carl Sagan goes at great lengths to really explain how things might happen along with the sheer effort and time that it would really take to do all of this. What you are left with is a book that is far more believable and rooted in reality.