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Cosmos Audiobook

Cosmos

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Publisher's Summary

Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan's collaborator, Ann Druyan, and a new Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.

Includes introductory music: "Heaven and Hell" by Vangelis from Cosmos: A Personal Voyage used with permission from Druyan-Sagan Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.

©1980 Carl Sagan Productions, Inc (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Foreword © 2013 by Ann Druyan. “Reflections on Carl Sagan’s Cosmos” essay © 2013 by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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    wbiro 07-26-17
    wbiro 07-26-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Still Largely Up to Date"

    I can see now what most popular books on astronomy over the last 35+ years have tried to emulate (this book). I found the book largely still up to date - with phrases that current books still use. Then something pops up that makes you realize the actual date of the book (such as when he refers to a NASA mission scheduled for 1982).

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander the Grouch 05-31-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply Amazing"

    As i was growing up the television series was one of my favorites. I really enjoyed this audible version. It's great to get this message/knowledge in all different mediums. The narration is fantastic & will hopefully appeal to all mentalities great or small. It would truly be a wonderful thing to see all mankind (& womankind ((don't want to offend anybody;))) use their minds in a way that will benefit us, planet & all. I think it all begins with the right thoughts. Thank you Carl (& narrators) for a timeless message.

    21 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Marshall 06-12-17
    Marshall 06-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "reading rainbow meets cosmos"

    I loved it.. levar did a fantastic job. I've always loved the TV series, but had never read the book. definitely worth it

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos rodriguez 06-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Book for all Citizens of the Cosmos"

    As the title of this review implies, this book should be read by all those who can read and are inhabitants of the known universe. This truly uplifting masterpiece written by Carl Sagan should be taught to all children in school as one of humankind's finest literary works. The lucidity with which Carl delivers his insights about the Cosmos and our relationship to the Universe is eye opening and awe inspiring. If every human were raised to value the wisdom contained in this book, humans would finally set aside religious, political, territorial differences and disputes and achieve lasting peace across all parts of the earth. Resources will be shared, the environment protected, and scientific progress would lead the way toward a better life for all. It is my sincere hope that this book continue to be valued for millennia to come.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    DM Orillia, ON, Canada 09-11-17
    DM Orillia, ON, Canada 09-11-17
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    "Levar Burton channelling Captain Kirk"
    What made the experience of listening to Cosmos the most enjoyable?

    The book is wonderful but it is exhausting to listen to Levar Burton. I am a fan of his; don't get me wrong, and he should be a genius choice for this. But why is he channelling the classic James T. Kirk delivery? Weird spacing of phrases, strange emphases that distort sentence structures...after a while it gets too distracting and I have to take a break. This is disappointing as I typically listen to audiobooks on long drives.

    The content is fascinating and Carl Sagan's enthusiasm, knowledge and love of science shines through regardless. Every few minutes I learn something new.


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    Amanda 09-10-17
    Amanda 09-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I cried like a baby"

    Very touching and informitive. The introductions are all wonderful, and the narration is smooth and easy to understand. It makes you reflect with every chapter on the majesty of the natural world, and is an easy-to-understand introducion to lots of scientific subjects. If you want to learn, but are bored easily by jargon, this is the book for you!

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    Mike C 09-07-17
    Mike C 09-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Geordi LaForge Teaches you about the Universe"

    Great Content and Great Narrator! I grew up watching LeVar Burton on TNG and Reading Raonbow, so saying his narration was nostalgic is a bit of an understatement...but nostalgia aside, he does an amazing job. As for the content he reads, lets just say I am saddened that Carl Sagan died before I ever knew who he was.

    While some of the more theoretical content in this book is now considered fact or debunked, Cosmos contains a fountain of knowledge about our universe. Sagan takes a detailed look at the process of the living universe attempting to understand itself, starting with a grand, intergalactic perspective, and slowly zooming in the lense all the way to our society, and our minds.

    He does get a little heavy handed when it comes to nuclear war, but he wrote this during the Cold War, so good on him for trying to do something about it. I am a little depressed after finishing to realize our global society has changed so little since he released this book in 1980, but if you ignore the 37 year interval, it will give you a hopeful outlook on our future as a single species in a global society. Cosmos delves into the interconnectivity of our universe in a way most people never think of.

    Get this book, and learn why we are an endangered species, why the big bang could have been a supernova explosion, and how each of us is made, of "star stuff".

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    "Great information!"

    A quick read and very informative! A great book for those who want to learn about the cosmos!

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    Ben Engelke 07-26-17
    Ben Engelke 07-26-17
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    "Inspiring. Innovative. Intelligent."

    A fantastic personal journey. Carl Sagan's vision of the Cosmos is enduring and spot on for being written 30+ years ago. Only good will come from this planet's population reading or listening to his words.

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    Katherine 06-16-17
    Katherine 06-16-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Required Reading"

    The world will be a better place when more of us have read this book.

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    "A masterpiece"

    This is always going to be a classic, and even now it has lost little of what made it great when it originally came out. LeVar Burton does a great job reading it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Colin Forster
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    "Why did I wait so long to get this!?"

    A great listen/read. I was half expecting that 'I knew it already', after studying this kind of stuff at university, but it is more than just a popular science book. The way the story of the cosmos is blended with human nature, evolution and the history of civilisation was brilliant. The narration by LeVar Burton is possibly the second best I've heard in an audiobook so far (just behind Peter Kenny) and the final two chapters are very thought provoking and really make me reconsider a lot of what I thought it was to be a member of this planet.

    Thoroughly recommended to anyone, not just those with an interest in science.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MR R MORRIS
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    "Brilliant"

    Brilliant in all regards. 6 months from now I'll listen to it all again, and it'll still be brilliant. Sagan's gift to us all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dannehdanman
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    "The most beautiful book I've ever read.."

    LeVar Burton was a fantastic narrator and really drew one into the book. the story line is intriguing, and inspiring as science always is. Naturally Carl Sagan is to be thanked for writing the masterpiece, but the production of the book into an audiobook was definitely a huge success!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    10/16/17
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    "True genius"

    This is the work of a true genius, visionary and prophetic it should be on every school curriculum in the world.

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  • Harry M.
    10/10/17
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    "Transcendent"

    Carl Sagan makes the implausible both accessible and endlessly enjoyable for anybody. This book was an inspiration for me, I hope it will be for many others.

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  • gregg
    10/2/17
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    "Outstanding"

    Insightful, poignant, beautifully written and narrated. A tale of hope, and a note of caution for us all.
    A must read.

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  • Nicholas
    London, United Kingdom
    9/25/17
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    "Magnificent Read"

    A truly awe-inspiring work, and all the more impressive for being about science but not feeling at all dated, even almost 40 years after publication. Wonderful read.

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  • Rob
    9/11/17
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    "Truly original classic"

    A truly original classic I see why it inspired SO many and it sold so well.
    I'm glad I too was able to enjoy it thanks to Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    9/5/17
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    "Inspirational Reading"

    I enjoyed the book as much as the TV series but some of the graphical visualisations were difficult to understand from an audio perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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