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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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    Candace 02-26-17
    Candace 02-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Skipped a little?"

    Excellent reader. It took a few chapters for her to grow on me, and then I looked forward to hearing her interpretation.

    In a couple places, the story skipped - I had to pull up my physical copy to fill in the blanks. Maybe a download malfunction on my phone?

    As always, a timeless story, always relevant, always beautiful.

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    ephymeris MO United States 02-10-17
    ephymeris MO United States 02-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "never has a book been so much better than the movi"

    I really enjoyed the Contact movie but this book has such a beautiful mix of science and philosophy that is unmistakably Sagan!

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    doomzdayishere Neenah, WI, United States 01-26-17
    doomzdayishere Neenah, WI, United States 01-26-17 Member Since 2012

    My goal on life is to learn everything.

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    "Quintessential Sagan"

    I read this book after seeing the glamorized movie. While this book is fiction, most of the scientific details are accurate. It shows Carl's hopes and fears for all of humanity. His greatest gift was his ability to make anyone understand complex and critical concepts and ideas. Great book!!!!

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    Rowan Elsey Sydney, NSW, AU 01-24-17
    Rowan Elsey Sydney, NSW, AU 01-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant but some parts could be shorter"

    Mr Sagan, I love the book. It deserves awards. Much respect, overall. But seriously: a whole chapter describing a character, finishing with a 5 sentence conversation, followed by another 2/3 chapter of musing with such a small amount of actual story... it was a test of patience.
    Regardless though, the the book is amazing and goes deeply into the questions of the universe. I would still recommend it to anyone curious about science, religion and discovery.

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    Adam Malone 01-09-17
    Adam Malone 01-09-17
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    "Good story, but errors in audio"

    The story is great, performance above average, but there are annoying errors in the recording toward the middle of the book.

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    Amazon Customer 12-30-16
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    "All around fantastic."

    I love this genre and thus greatly enjoyed the story. The reader did a tremendous job with keeping you interested with the many voices for characters. She's very talented. It had two short skips in the audio but for a whole book that was no issue. I would recommend and have already. Enjoy.

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    Johnathan Kovacs Fremont Ca., USA 12-25-16
    Johnathan Kovacs Fremont Ca., USA 12-25-16 Member Since 2016

    -Johnathan

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    "Very Good!"

    it was kinda slow at first and didn't really hold my interest but got much better as it progressed. It was very interesting to see how Sagan viewed the future, year2000, from 1985.

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    JKP STL, MO 12-25-16
    JKP STL, MO 12-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Maybe I should have read the book before watching the movie. C+"

    I am a fan of the movie, although it certainly has it's faults. I have always wanted to read the book and finally got around to it recently.

    I didn't enjoy much of it. It was a struggle to make it to the end. Mr. Sagan gets bogged down trying to explain this and that - religion in particular. You can sure tell this was written by someone who was not a fiction writer. What could have been great parts of the book were just blurted out with no real build-up or meaning.

    Ms. Lefkow's performance is also stiff and lacks any kind of power.

    I am not sorry I read it, but it is hard to recommend.

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    adam 12-21-16
    adam 12-21-16
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    "WAY better than the movie!"

    just when I thought I knew what was going to happen I didn't and I was all like oh Carl Sagan that's f****** dope man!

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    Hunter 12-21-16
    Hunter 12-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Mediocre work of fiction."

    My firstly and foremost misunderstanding, was that this was a work of fiction.
    When I originally picked the book up, seeing it written by the great and influential Carl Sagan, I was hoping to find some information to take with me from this book. About halfway through it was when I realised this take was not of our timeline, and then struggled to enjoy the story following.
    I found myself annoyed with the narrator at times due to a large number of segments that the narrator's tone and voice change slightly, but enough to be noticeable, and frequent enough to be tiresome.
    A good work of fantasy, but unfortunately not my cup of tea.

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