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Contact Audiobook

Contact

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jamie E. Cohen San Francisco State of Mind 08-06-12
    Jamie E. Cohen San Francisco State of Mind 08-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Enthralling story; mediocre accents by reader"
    Where does Contact rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Contact?

    Conversations between Dr. Eroway and Palmer Joss.


    What three words best describe Laurel Lefkow’s voice?

    Well-paced. Bad accents. Perfect for Dr. Eroway's voice


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

    A couple laugh-out-loud and "aha!" moments.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 01-30-15
    John S MA 01-30-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Too many diversions"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James 02-10-16
    James 02-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "movie is significantly better"

    book feels like an overwritten first draft. the movie is a much better. Tried too hard to impress readers with his knowledge

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Toph San Diego 02-06-16
    Toph San Diego 02-06-16 Member Since 2013

    Something about yourself!

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    "in my top five books of all time."

    just can't stop coming back to this classic by Carl Sagan. Great book and amazing protagonist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 01-28-16
    Jason 01-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A timeless story"

    This is a beautiful book that I've come back to time and again. I think laurels rendition, though laughable at times, was excellent. The world continues to miss and mourn your brilli5mind, Carl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Harrington Raleigh, NC 12-28-15
    Phillip Harrington Raleigh, NC 12-28-15 Member Since 2015

    Phillip Harrington is a web developer, entrepreneur, and musician. You can find him on LinkedIn, GitHub, and Twitter.

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    "Completely biased because I loved Cosmos"
    Would you listen to Contact again? Why?

    I DID listen to it again. I listen to episodes of Cosmos when I can't sleep. No joke. This book is basically the ideas in the end of episode 12 expanded. I loved the movie and - I know it's a cliche - the book is way better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the little social commentary about male/female relationships in professional settings -- the alternate history - written pre-end-of-cold-war - with 'future' history up until the year 2000 - 14 years after the 'fall' of the Soviet Union - very interesting -- the predictions about future technology, pre-internet.


    What does Laurel Lefkow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know why - but I was surprised this was read by a woman - I guess because the author was male? But it was the perfect choice. She has a soothing, pleasant voice. There are some over-dubs which sound like they're spoken by another person - with a similar voice - but it's a bit jarring... Over all, it's a wonderful performance.


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

    The ending got to me a little :-)


    Any additional comments?

    Open your mind to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Thiessen Overland Park, KS, US 10-02-15
    David Thiessen Overland Park, KS, US 10-02-15 Member Since 2010
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    "So very good. A great listen."

    imaginative, original and ingageing.. You will not forget this story and it is amazingly timeless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luke 09-29-15
    Luke 09-29-15
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    "Different than the movie..."

    Very entertaining book, but very different from the movie. Sagan use's to many big words, but what do you want from a scientist? I recommend this book, it's fun and has it's moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dillon 09-16-15
    Dillon 09-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story annoying reader"

    Although the story is great and the reader does many accents, her imitation of any male antagonist sounds gargled and exaggerated. Aside from this, the performance was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon 09-15-15
    Jon 09-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Sagan at his best!!"

    expertly written, perfectly inspiring. love notes to the scientific method scattered throughout. instructional without being didactic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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