The future is here...in an adventure of cosmic dimension. 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 (P)1997 Simon & Schuster
"Contact deals with issues...worth pondering.The range and depth of ideas is quite uncommon." (New York Times Book Review)
"Like a good mystery, Contact keeps us curious to the end...ingenious and satisfying." (Newsweek)
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
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.
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.
I really enjoyed the story and the writing. I was nervous that Carl Sagan would have too scientific a writing style, but his prose ended up being excellent. Reader was alright. Her mispronunciation of many recurring words was distracting at times. Overall, it was very worthwhile reading this book.
This was a great book and I will listen to it often. I remember when the movie came out how much I liked it but as always the books are far more detailed and more enjoyable.
I enjoyed listening to this book. I had read it after the movie came out years ago and wanted to revisit it. A part of me wishes they would remake the movie to be closer to the book. What an adventure.
Bought the book too. While listening to this unabridged edition I found an occasional paragraph or two was skipped. Satisfying overall though.
I enjoy sci-fi and scary stories.
The story is interesting, but gets bogged down by political issues. The narrator does a poor job with the male voices and accents. I quit midway because I couldn't take it anymore.
Within the pages of this masterpiece Mr Sagan helped me find the meaning of life.
All thanks to the narrator. It is clear she connected deeply with her character and the story.
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