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)
Not very subtle and quite naive for my modern taste, but I really enjoyed it. It does turns into a lecture from time to time, but still never bores you or goes over your head.
Jamie Evan Cohen
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.
But not as vivid and imaginative as Liu Cixin's Remembrance of Earth’s Past. As I recommend this book to any fan of Carl Sagan and sci-fi in general, my recommendations for Liu Cixin's trilogy is even greater.
I loved the glimpse into how scientific discovery unfolds and the fantasy. Plus, it's really well read. There are a couple glitches though where it jumps ahead randomly. Didn't seem to miss anything major, yet damaged the flow.
Laurel Lefkow was an excellent narrator, especially for a story with a thoughtful heroine.
The tone of her voice was very pleasant, and she did excellent work with accents. Sometimes it was a little hard to discern male/female dialogue, and occasionally she mispronounced words (e.g., Taos, metallurgy), but overall she was wonderful. I would seek out other books she has narrated.
Excellent reader. It took a few chapters for her to grow on me, and then I looked forward to hearing her interpretation.
In a couple places, the story skipped - I had to pull up my physical copy to fill in the blanks. Maybe a download malfunction on my phone?
As always, a timeless story, always relevant, always beautiful.
I really enjoyed the Contact movie but this book has such a beautiful mix of science and philosophy that is unmistakably Sagan!
My goal on life is to learn everything.
I read this book after seeing the glamorized movie. While this book is fiction, most of the scientific details are accurate. It shows Carl's hopes and fears for all of humanity. His greatest gift was his ability to make anyone understand complex and critical concepts and ideas. Great book!!!!
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