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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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    Toph San Diego 02-06-16
    Toph San Diego 02-06-16 Member Since 2013

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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.

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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.

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    Phillip Harrington Raleigh, NC 12-28-15
    Phillip Harrington Raleigh, NC 12-28-15

    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Jon 09-15-15
    Jon 09-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Sagan at his best!!"

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

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    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 08-26-15
    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 08-26-15 Member Since 2006

    Enjoys espionage, mystery, police procedurals, science, biographies.

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    "Wonderful and timeless"

    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.

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    Pedro Colmenares 08-25-15
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    "Amazing. Expected nothing less from Carl Sagan"

    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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    His Dudeness 07-28-15
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    "Excellent story, reasonable narration"

    my only complaint is the narrator's attempts at accents and character differentiation. Otherwise she had a nice vouce. Carl Sagan is amazing, of course.

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