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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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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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

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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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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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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forget the movie and read this book

This is one of those cases where I saw the movie years ago, but just checked out the book.
this book is so much better than the movie.

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  • Ron
  • Asheboro, NC, USA
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Much Better Than The Movie

While the plot is similar to the movie, the book has interesting twist that were left out of the movie. I think the book version is much better. The narrator is great.

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3. 2. 1. Contact!

This was very enjoyable and well written and well performed. I listen to a whole lot of audio books and am at Master level. Contact is an audio book I will recommend to my close friends that I want to become serious audio listeners.

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an amazing book

This book is a sci-fi great, a must read. parts of it are unnecessary and droning, but it is an amazing book, with a fascinating story that shows that no matter who we are or what we do, we are all intrinsically linked by the mathematical language of the universe.