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)
Within the pages of this masterpiece Mr Sagan helped me find the meaning of life.
All thanks to the narrator. It is clear she connected deeply with her character and the story.
Laurel Lefkow's voice work is incomparable. She's incredibly talented at changing accents, tone, and pitch to make a massive cast of characters come believably to life.
Contact was a very thought provoking piece of fiction. Sagan's ability to challenge both the faith-minded and the science-minded of his readers, including his ability to render their differences trivial on a cosmic scale, is unparalleled. This is work of incredible artistic value, and I will undoubtedly be rereading (or listening) soon.
Excellent storytelling by both author and narrator. Fascinating ideas and conversations throughout, and an exciting glimpse into a hopeful future. Poor editing distracts at times, otherwise I would recommend.
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.
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