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)
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.
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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.
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.
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.
The ending got to me a little :-)
Open your mind to this book.
imaginative, original and ingageing.. You will not forget this story and it is amazingly timeless.
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.
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.
Enjoys espionage, mystery, police procedurals, science, biographies.
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!
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