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Contact | [Carl Sagan]

Contact

In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who, or what, is out there?
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Publisher's Summary

In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who, or what, is out there? In Cosmos, Carl Sagan explained the universe. In Contact, he predicts its future, and our own....

©1997 Carl Sagan. All rights reserved; (P)1997 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Engrossing first novel....an exciting intellectual adventure and science fiction of a high order." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ingenious and satisfying." (Newsweek)
"The greatest adventure of all time." (Associated Press)

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    Ryan Signal Mountain, TN, USA 02-23-04
    Ryan Signal Mountain, TN, USA 02-23-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Contact is wonderful"

    Contact is a great read and a great listen. In typical Sagan fashion, the book not only entertains, it challenges and educates. Jodie Foster does an excellent job reading the book so much so that is it easy to get lost listening to it. My only complaint? I wish there was an unabridged version available.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ivars West Launceston, TAS, Australia 09-16-05
    Ivars West Launceston, TAS, Australia 09-16-05
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    "So glad I got this"

    Abridged versions are offensive, but I am so glad I decided to give this one a go because of the reviews. This is more believable than the movie and made me eager to read the full print version. How sad it is that we have lost Sagan. Jodie Foster is as good reading this as she was in the movie. All in all an excellent experience. Do yourself a favour and get Contact - you'll be glad you did too. If you haven't already, checkout the Wikipedia entry for Contact for some of the issues Sagan raises - also a good read.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Hopkins Midvale, UT United States 08-04-04
    Nathan Hopkins Midvale, UT United States 08-04-04 Member Since 2004
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    "As expected... far better than the movie"

    I fully expected this book to be excellent with Jodi Foster reading, and I was not disappointed. Her oration was excellent and matched the quality of Sagan's imagination.

    The story is fantastically creative, technical, and detailed, yet remains within the realm of possibilities.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Aleksander Moe Oslo, Norway 08-06-11
    Erik Aleksander Moe Oslo, Norway 08-06-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Well narrated but feel like I have missed alot"

    I thought this narration was very well done. Jody Foster, I thought, brought out just the right amount of wonder to make this believable.

    However, the book being abridged I feel like I have missed out on a lot. I thought the book went too fast. I have listened to just the beginning and read an excerpt of the beginning on a book site and I noticed that so many little things were cut out.

    In this day and age with digital downloads of books that can last over 24 hours I wonder why there still are abridged audio books. I feel a little robbed when I see that one book can be 3 hours abridged and 15 hours unabridged. What wonderful things have I been missing from the book? I would want to listen to a unabridged version of this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maurizio Cademario, Switzerland 03-30-05
    Maurizio Cademario, Switzerland 03-30-05 Member Since 2005

    - research assistent at the University of Lugano (communication) - co-founder of the Seth publishing company Switzerland - translator of the Seth material by Jane Roberts

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    "A great story, a great Jodi Foster"

    About 10 years ago I bought Carl Sagan's novel as a German translation (I'm Swiss). The German edition was somewhat boring - the translator probably didn't like the story at all. But when I saw that Jodi Foster reads this book I gave it another try - and now I'm convinced that it's one of the best science fiction novels ever written and read fantastically by Jodi Foster. Too bad that it's just an abriged version. But nevertheless: Not to miss!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Talent, OR, United States 04-17-11
    Jo Talent, OR, United States 04-17-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Wonderful!!"

    Contact has long been one of my favorite movies - now I have the book as a favorite too!!
    It is a bit different from the movie, more character insight, the only complaint I have is that it is too short - I wish it was not an abridged version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles RIDGEFIELD, CT, USA 03-13-04
    Charles RIDGEFIELD, CT, USA 03-13-04 Member Since 2002
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    "A wonderful trip with a few unnecessary diversions"

    The idea of contact with an alien intelligence puts our views of Earth in another perspective. How will these other-worldy folk judge our civilazation? Will we measure up? This book tackles these issues but, goes a little too far in the politically correct practice of reversing sterotypes for women while reinforcing them for men. Women are unifromily strong, brilliant, and in leading roles (George Bush is replaced by a woman) while men are biggoted and old-fashoned. This is a distraction but, I still enjoyed this book and the wild ride it describes. Carl gives equal tratment to the social and religous implications of contact as the cool science.

    P.S. OK, I admit it, I am a guy.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Pablo Benito Juárez, Mexico 03-05-13
    Pablo Benito Juárez, Mexico 03-05-13
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    "AWESOME"
    Would you listen to Contact again? Why?

    Yes, because it's thrilling...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Contact?

    There were many... when they talk about how the transportation system was already there.
    Also when they explain they're talk about the possibility there there may be a message hidden in the very structure of the cosmos.


    Have you listened to any of Jodie Foster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't but I really liked this one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, it made me euphoric, it's exhilarating just to think of the possibility of making contact.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it! It is a must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Toronto, ON, Canada 01-22-13
    Maria Toronto, ON, Canada 01-22-13
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    "Went for it despite abridgment - glad I did."
    Would you listen to Contact again? Why?

    I think once is fine.


    What other book might you compare Contact to and why?

    Not sure.


    What about Jodie Foster’s performance did you like?

    Foster's reading style and intonation are a good match for Sagan's intelligent authorial voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    God, this pi is good!


    Any additional comments?

    I almost passed on this because it's abridged. In the end, it was definitely worth the $6.95 sale price, and I enjoyed how the story trucked along. I appreciated Sagan's wealth of scientific knowledge, and his humble attempt to tackle big questions. Pretty good stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Hibbing, MN, United States 01-11-13
    Jason Hibbing, MN, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant, creative science-fiction novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, this science-fiction novel truly shows the depth of creativity Sagan has combined with his passion for astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology. Top it off with an outstanding reading from Jodie Foster and this is hands down one of the best audio books around.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Awesome story from an inspirational scientist"

    Carl Sagan spent his life trying to engage ordinary people with science. "Contact" conveys the passion, imagination and dedication of scientists with the overwhelming sense of awe that comes with new discovery. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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