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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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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 05-15-15
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 05-15-15 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "Saga(n)cious"

    This story is a wonderful tribute to its author, a man of infinite hope and unquenchable optimism - it just can't be as lonely out there as our sole existence would demand it is! But, in his typical style, preferring to educate than to dictate, by letting the discovery fuel the desire to learn more, Sagan takes the listener on a journey to a most unlikely plane, or, maybe, a not so unlikely one.
    These days, most people who love this book have seen the Zemeckis film. For many it disappointed. But it is important to remember that it was Sagan and his wife, Ann Druyan, who wrote the screenplay and, thereby extended their blessing to that interpretation. I mention this because it is hard now to listen to or read the book without picturing Jodie Foster or Matthew McConaughey (the latter in a much elevated role when compared to the book). I found that difficult. A better listener might be able to overcome that condition (or might actually like it).
    I enjoyed this production, but probably not as much as my first read of this book many years ago. The first reason for this deficit is the one that I have mentioned (which is constantly in your face, even to the point of it being on the cover art). The second is that I found Laurel Lefkow's reading, although fine in most respects, a bit "sing-songy" in parts, particularly the sentimental parts.
    Overall, this is a great story, sagaciously envisioned and well worth the effort to read or listen to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vadim 01-20-15
    Vadim 01-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent ideas and nice characters."

    Not very subtle and quite naive for my modern taste, but I really enjoyed it. It does turns into a lecture from time to time, but still never bores you or goes over your head.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Portland, OR 06-17-13
    Paul Portland, OR 06-17-13 Member Since 2017

    I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.

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    "Great story and great science"

    I really liked the movie and liked the book even more. The story was very fast paced, maybe even a little too fast with the jumps in time being somewhat agitating. However, the main characters were well drawn but the minor characters somewhat cartoonish. Ellie was the main character and the driving force behind the book. The character of Haddon was also really fascinating. I really learned a lot about astronomy although in parts it was a little above my head. Still, the book made a plausible case for extra terrestrial beings and Sagen's spin on how we were on the brink of destruction rang true. The only part of the book and the movie that I didn't buy was the conspiracy ending. It made no logical sense and the world's governments all rejecting the stories of these five brilliant people was ridiculous. I am still not sure why Sagen ended it this way. I guess he ran into the same problem all science fiction writers run into: how to plot a satisfying believable ending. The reader was really great and I will look for other books she's read.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    NeoUnity USA 01-23-15
    NeoUnity USA 01-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A must "hear" book"

    Reader was good, the book phenomenal. I love sci-fi books that I learn things from.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie E. Cohen Bay 2 LA 08-06-12
    Jamie E. Cohen Bay 2 LA 08-06-12 Member Since 2013

    Jamie Evan Cohen

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    "Enthralling story; mediocre accents by reader"
    Where does Contact rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Incredibly thought-provoking story. Intelligently written without a hint of pretension. Many parts of the story serve as a backdrop for rational discussion regarding the beliefs and faith of scientists and religious practitioners.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Contact?

    Conversations between Dr. Eroway and Palmer Joss.


    What three words best describe Laurel Lefkow’s voice?

    Well-paced. Bad accents. Perfect for Dr. Eroway's voice


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

    A couple laugh-out-loud and "aha!" moments.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Slothdancer 07-14-17
    Slothdancer 07-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Preachy"

    A little too anti-Christian for me but the ideas are otherwise interesting and well written.

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    Niles E. Henke Portland, OR 06-23-17
    Niles E. Henke Portland, OR 06-23-17
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    "Amazing narrator, fantastic accents, and story"

    Amazing narrator, fantastic accents, and story. The book is eons better than the movie. Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan are amazing. we

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    Mary WESTERLO, NY, United States 06-16-17
    Mary WESTERLO, NY, United States 06-16-17 Member Since 2012
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    "I learned much and got a good story too."

    Sagan is as good on paper as he was on TV. This is a very moving story. The determination of a woman in the mail dominated discipline . I enjoyed this book very much.!!!!

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    Rachel K. 05-22-17
    Rachel K. 05-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great book"

    great book, love the differences between the book and the movie. if you enjoy sci fi this is great.

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    Valey 05-11-17
    Valey 05-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    Loved this book! And the narration was superb! Definitely going to listen to it again as the story has so many layers.

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