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)
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Roughly the last hour is a detriment to an otherwise fantastic and forward thinking book. Sagan's ability to tap into critiques of science academia's views on gender-roles pertaining to the lead character to large scope astrophysics in a cohesive manner is impressive. Sagan, obviously comfortable as an author, fiction or non-fiction, lost me at the end with a little too thick of pan-humanist religious idealism.It felt like pandering to the religious majority. While the book certainly takes Sagan's fantasy of what clearly is his ultimate dream, and explored, the ending lasted perhaps a few chapters too long, and found me wishing for it to stop as humanity magically holds all the cards (or fingers) to unlocking the secrets of the universe meant specific for us. Very much worth a listen, even if the regrettable ending.
No, Laurel Lefkow's performance is slightly annoying. I may read it again, though.
Ellie is awesome.
Worth a listen / read.
I like the "Contact" movie, and I originally read the book first. Reading the book add some different dimensions to the story. Its too bad Carl Sagan isn't around to update his story, I'm sure he'd have some interesting things to say. I liked the movie for its special effects, and Jodie Foster. The original story by Sagan has that interesting ending..suppose you to were able to graph out the numbers to PI.....do you suppose the numbers might form a circle?
Making science popular for at least two generations of people, Carl Sagan's Contact goes a long way in doing just that: making science comprehensible in the form of this novel. Dr. Eleanor Arroway is an accessible, likable character and Laurel Lefkow performs her beautifully. Theists, atheists, and agnostics, and even the scientifically illiterate can all equally enjoy this book.
If you've ever been even slightly interested in SETI-the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or in astronomy, please read or listen to Contact, but don't expect it to be like the movie.
Yes because this book is read by the perfect actor.
Elle Airaway because of the characteristics I share with her.
My favorite seen is when the Machine takes them through several worm holes to arive at their destination and they five characters meet the aliens before being told to go back.
Charles Wm Anderson
Absolutely mesmerizing story about the wasted energy expended in choosing between science and God.
Without either there can be neither.
What sticks out most is the dawning realization by the heroine of the real science.
She is almost conversational in tone. Not quite as conversational as Jodie Foster, who read the abridged version, but sufficiently to permit my mind to concentrate on story instead of performance.
Yes, absolutely even though I have seen the movie twice before.
Buy the book also and read along with Laura for double the pleasure.
Yes, I would, if she had not read the story already.
The movie does a good job of covering the book. I eventually stopped as I didn't find that there was any particularly new insight, as I had hoped.
In the movie, the ending is fantastic.
I love the theme, that as human beings we have experiences that can't be explained by science; sometimes faith is all we have.
She does fine. Her voice fits pretty well with Ellie.
The movie, yes. I enjoy the ending dramatically.
The book, I didn't finish, as I mention above.
Audio books are a great resource for office jobs in the computer graphics field and possibly long car rides. Unfortunately not every audio book can be read by Morgan Freedman. Although Laurel Lefkow's performance is better than most, I feel she tends to overdramatize her sentences. What's worse is her decision to characterize each role in the novel. This may work for children's books but falls short for a science fiction masterpiece.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
A modern 'classic'. It is a really good piece of prose that I think was better in its movie form. The book it fine for about 3/4's of the plot then the last 1/4...I am glad did not make it in the film.
Interesting and very well read.
The narration and the differences to the film version
I thought it was Jodie Foster?
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