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)
Sagan was a cool t.v.show host and a decent astronomer with a neat vision, but his need to go off on tangents and rants about how the world should really look is off putting. A neat book that could have used some better editing but has a great vision and gives hope in an otherwise oft bleary world.
I really enjoyed the story and the writing. I was nervous that Carl Sagan would have too scientific a writing style, but his prose ended up being excellent. Reader was alright. Her mispronunciation of many recurring words was distracting at times. Overall, it was very worthwhile reading this book.
This was a great book and I will listen to it often. I remember when the movie came out how much I liked it but as always the books are far more detailed and more enjoyable.
I enjoyed listening to this book. I had read it after the movie came out years ago and wanted to revisit it. A part of me wishes they would remake the movie to be closer to the book. What an adventure.
I enjoy sci-fi and scary stories.
The story is interesting, but gets bogged down by political issues. The narrator does a poor job with the male voices and accents. I quit midway because I couldn't take it anymore.
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.
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