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Publisher's Summary

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. All rights reserved (P)1997 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Engrossing first novel....an exciting intellectual adventure and science fiction of a high order." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ingenious and satisfying." (Newsweek)
"The greatest adventure of all time." (Associated Press)

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Contact is wonderful

Contact is a great read and a great listen. In typical Sagan fashion, the book not only entertains, it challenges and educates. Jodie Foster does an excellent job reading the book so much so that is it easy to get lost listening to it. My only complaint? I wish there was an unabridged version available.

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Well narrated but feel like I have missed alot

I thought this narration was very well done. Jody Foster, I thought, brought out just the right amount of wonder to make this believable.

However, the book being abridged I feel like I have missed out on a lot. I thought the book went too fast. I have listened to just the beginning and read an excerpt of the beginning on a book site and I noticed that so many little things were cut out.

In this day and age with digital downloads of books that can last over 24 hours I wonder why there still are abridged audio books. I feel a little robbed when I see that one book can be 3 hours abridged and 15 hours unabridged. What wonderful things have I been missing from the book? I would want to listen to a unabridged version of this book.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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So glad I got this

Abridged versions are offensive, but I am so glad I decided to give this one a go because of the reviews. This is more believable than the movie and made me eager to read the full print version. How sad it is that we have lost Sagan. Jodie Foster is as good reading this as she was in the movie. All in all an excellent experience. Do yourself a favour and get Contact - you'll be glad you did too. If you haven't already, checkout the Wikipedia entry for Contact for some of the issues Sagan raises - also a good read.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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As expected... far better than the movie

I fully expected this book to be excellent with Jodi Foster reading, and I was not disappointed. Her oration was excellent and matched the quality of Sagan's imagination.

The story is fantastically creative, technical, and detailed, yet remains within the realm of possibilities.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A great story, a great Jodi Foster

About 10 years ago I bought Carl Sagan's novel as a German translation (I'm Swiss). The German edition was somewhat boring - the translator probably didn't like the story at all. But when I saw that Jodi Foster reads this book I gave it another try - and now I'm convinced that it's one of the best science fiction novels ever written and read fantastically by Jodi Foster. Too bad that it's just an abriged version. But nevertheless: Not to miss!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jo
  • Talent, OR, United States
  • 04-17-11

Wonderful!!

Contact has long been one of my favorite movies - now I have the book as a favorite too!!
It is a bit different from the movie, more character insight, the only complaint I have is that it is too short - I wish it was not an abridged version.

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Amazing

Dazzling endeavor! Far more exciting then the movie version! A mind blowing story that will open up your mind to something much bigger!

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THIS is the version I love.

After getting the unabridged version (14+ hours) and struggling to get even 6 hours into it, I returned it for this version and LOVE IT. I really loved the movie and wanted MORE of CONTACT, but I wasn't prepared for the excruciating pacing and excessive details offered in the unabridged version. While this version could have used more of the actual first contact moments that I found so thrilling, it does make for a much more exciting and thrilling story by being abridged. Jodie Foster does an amazing job on this as well- her energy is very well received and should place her on a short list of actors that do audio books justice.

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eye opening.<br />

one of the things presented in this book was how infinitesimally small we are on this earth and how infinitesimally large the the universe is. How could a deeply religious person believe that God is confined to this earth only?

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An inspiring story for all scientists and thinkers

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

Well thought out, scientifically accurate, captivating

What was one of the most memorable moments of Contact?

When they see the decahedron gates in all sizes, when Ellie learns that the tunnels were created by an unknown ancient intelligence, and most of all, when she learns that humans are worthy of a place in this universe.

What about Jodie Foster’s performance did you like?

The accents!

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

I changed my undergraduate major to astrophysics!!

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  • Owen
  • 12-15-09

Awesome story from an inspirational scientist

Carl Sagan spent his life trying to engage ordinary people with science. "Contact" conveys the passion, imagination and dedication of scientists with the overwhelming sense of awe that comes with new discovery. Highly recommended.

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  • Gerard
  • 01-03-18

Brilliant mind dreams

Anything that Ms Foster does is okay in my book her Virginia twang I just love also if you see the movie she is beautiful

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  • Scott Goldsmith
  • 09-20-17

A Classic in Science Fiction / Fact

Any additional comments?

Loved this movie, and now love this book... Carl Sagan was a genius and his superb mind comes through in this novel.