Comet

Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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Comet begins with a breathtaking journey through space astride a comet. Pulitzer Prize-winning astronomer Carl Sagan, author of Cosmos and Contact, and writer Ann Druyan explore the origin, nature, and future of comets, and the exotic myths and portents attached to them. The authors show how comets have spurred some of the great discoveries in the history of science and raise intriguing questions about these brilliant visitors from the interstellar dark.

Were the fates of the dinosaurs and the origins of humans tied to the wanderings of a comet? Are comets the building blocks from which worlds are formed? Comet is an enthralling adventure, indispensable for anyone who has ever gazed up at the heavens and wondered why.

©1997 Ann Druyan and the Estate of Carl Sagan. © 1985 by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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Great story, good learning, who knew?

Painless learning, interesting story. absolutely fantastic information! Wish all learning was as informational as this, presented this well and as interesting (well. to ME!) as this was/IS!

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Very cool insights!

Dissapointed only the forward was read by MacFarlane..... Otherwise an excellent book! Very captivating. You learn alot you never really thought of before. Will listen again in the future!

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Terrible book

I love science but the sing song voice and content horrible to listen to. I don’t like this book.

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Excellent!

Loved it! Amazing book. The writing in this book is beautiful. Thanks to Carl and Ann Druyan.

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Great Book! Needs more MacFarlane

I really enjoy Sagan's work, even though some of it is now outdated (which he would love, by the way). But the narrator for the majority of this book doesn't seem to quite click with the material.

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Beautifully Written and Very Informative

The science fiction lover in me drives me to read the occasional popular science text such as A Brief History of Time or Comet by Sagan and Druyan. This is an excellent survey of our understanding of comets for the non-specialist. It opens with a long historiography of the ancient, medieval and early modern world’s view of comets as harbingers of disaster. Then moves into the scientists who evolved our current understanding of these fascinating celestial bodies. Halley and Newton stood out most strongly to me, but they were by no means the only ones. The book winds up with explorations of the probable impact (pun intended) of comets on the development of our planet and the life upon it. If you’ve any curiosity about any of these issues, you’re likely to greatly enjoy Comet.

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of course Satan is great.

Satan was great. nowadays however many things have xhange and the story is not right. painful to listen to old stories

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  • 01-24-19

classic

very well read, classic book on comets for all levels of listeners, lots of interesting detail

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  • 06-21-20

Comets Explained

This is an good book if you're into astronomy, it takes you on an journey around the sun and through space. Recommended!

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  • 10-26-18

Airborne Sky God

The night sky filled my dreams with comets in their intimacy. Virtually sleep through time itself.

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  • 08-22-19

Not as great as other Sagan's books

The narration is terrible - sounds like text-to-speech most of the time, and spoils it a lot.
The book itself... I love Sagan, and have enjoyed pretty much everything else he wrote, but this one feels like there's just not enough to talk about for a whole book, so the material is spread very thinly.
Overall, so far it's the least favourite of Sagan's books for me, I am afraid.