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Contact | [Carl Sagan]

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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    Greg Springfield, OR, United States 11-09-13
    Greg Springfield, OR, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Worth a listen, even if the regrettable ending"

    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.

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    Eric 05-23-13
    Eric 05-23-13
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    "A great work of science fiction"
    Would you listen to Contact again? Why?

    No, Laurel Lefkow's performance is slightly annoying. I may read it again, though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Carl's writing.


    Which character – as performed by Laurel Lefkow – was your favorite?

    Ellie is awesome.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Multiple parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen / read.

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    david 02-18-13
    david 02-18-13
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    "Too bad Sagan's not around anymore."

    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?

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    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 01-30-13
    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "WWSD"

    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.

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    Felipe La Puente, CA USA 11-28-12
    Felipe La Puente, CA USA 11-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sounds just like Jodi Foster"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Contact to be better than the print version?

    Yes because this book is read by the perfect actor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elle Airaway because of the characteristics I share with her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    No


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    Charles Wm Anderson @wordpress North Dakota, United States 11-05-12
    Charles Wm Anderson @wordpress North Dakota, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2002

    Charles Wm Anderson

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    "Outstanding story, excellent reader. A classic."
    What did you love best about Contact?

    Absolutely mesmerizing story about the wasted energy expended in choosing between science and God.

    Without either there can be neither.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Contact?

    What sticks out most is the dawning realization by the heroine of the real science.


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

    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.

    Great reader.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, absolutely even though I have seen the movie twice before.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the book also and read along with Laura for double the pleasure.

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    Bryan PROVO, UT, United States 02-14-14
    Bryan PROVO, UT, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, but the movie covers most of it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Contact?

    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.


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

    She does fine. Her voice fits pretty well with Ellie.


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

    The movie, yes. I enjoy the ending dramatically.

    The book, I didn't finish, as I mention above.


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    Jason new york city, NY, United States 07-19-13
    Jason new york city, NY, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Grade school teacher narration."
    Would you try another book from Carl Sagan and/or Laurel Lefkow?

    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.


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    Joe Lancaster, PA, United States 06-30-12
    Joe Lancaster, PA, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "the movie is better"

    You can't say this often, almost never, but I thought the movie was way better.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 11-02-12
    Dean 11-02-12 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "Loved the movie...wish the book was the same."

    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.

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    "Great Contact"
    If you could sum up Contact in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting and very well read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration and the differences to the film version


    What about Laurel Lefkow’s performance did you like?

    I thought it was Jodie Foster?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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