Pale Blue Dot

  • by Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
  • 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"FASCINATING . . . MEMORABLE . . . REVEALING . . . PERHAPS THE BEST OF CARL SAGAN''S BOOKS." --The Washington Post Book World (front page review)In Cosmos, the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mystery of the Universe and made it accessible to millions of people around the world. Now in this stunning sequel, Carl Sagan completes his revolutionary journey through space and time.Future generations will look back on our epoch as the time when the human race finally broke into a radically new frontier--space. In Pale Blue Dot Sagan traces the spellbinding history of our launch into the cosmos and assesses the future that looms before us as we move out into our own solar system and on to distant galaxies beyond. The exploration and eventual settlement of other worlds is neither a fantasy nor luxury, insists Sagan, but rather a necessary condition for the survival of the human race."TAKES READERS FAR BEYOND Cosmos . . . Sagan sees humanity''s future in the stars." --Chicago TribuneIntroductory music from the original score for COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey composed by Alan Silvestri, used with permission from Cosmos Studios, Inc. and Chappers Music. All rights reserved. Special thanks to Fuzzy Planets, Inc.

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For wanderers everywhere: Pale Blue Dot is, for me, an essential, magical and thought-provoking experience.

I had read Pale Blue Dot before, and loved it. I was delighted when I learned this audiobook was in the works again. Having finished it, this version has exceeded my, frankly, stellar expectations.

As other reviewers have noted, the opening chapters are Carl Sagan's original recording - remastered. The rest is then read by Ann Druyan. Personally, I thought both parts are a fitting reflection of their partnership - exploring and connected through space and time. Ann, in my opinion, does a beautiful job.

For the unfamiliar, the book is named in reference to the image of the Earth, captured by Voyager 1, then 6 billion miles away on Valentines Day, 1990. The story behind the picture, and the 4 ships humans had then sent to the stars is hugely moving. Just one example of the brilliant storytelling throughout.

Like the image itself: the nuance and depth of the perspective in this book is powerful and inspiring. A perspective we may be gaining just in time.

I'd have liked to have listened to it whilst stargazing. The chapters take you beyond any darkness, to beautiful points of intellectual and, subtly, almost spiritual light, again and again.

I would recommend it for anyone interested in how our humanity can keep up with our technology. Also for anybody concerned with exploring other worlds and/or our doing right by this one, and all the Earth's inhabitants.

Thank you Ann, and all involved, for re-making this. Thank you for helping wanderers out there from all meridians to make the many crossings, as we find our way...

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- Stanley Hopea

Love this book, but...

Would you consider the audio edition of Pale Blue Dot to be better than the print version?

First let me start by saying I have the book, and an audio version of the book I downloaded a couple years ago. Now as Ann Druyan has stated in the beginning of the audio book that she got the masters and some where degraded. From the audio book version I downloaded you can hear Carl's voice in every chapter, with some chapters having bits filled by another person as well as a distinct humm at times. However, id say that version has around 85-90% of it read by Carl Sagan. Now it must be said I have nothing against Ann Druyan, I have high respect for her but her voice is not Carl Sagan and its his voice you want this book for.

So before you buy consider that whilst its an amazing life changing book with anyone reading, Carl's voice only narrates the first 4 Chapters, from then on its Ann Druyan.

I am a little disappointed since the downloaded version I have before the audible release features the majority of Carl's voice even if not perfect quality. I was hoping they would of took those and cleared them up and featured only Ann Druyan in the spaces where another person filled the gaps for Carl.

Either way a great book, but just a heads up.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Pale Blue Dot?

You are here quote or section read from Carl in HQ.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Carl and Ann didn't, perfect reading.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, takes time to digest and savour.


Any additional comments?

Still good for fans of Carl and this book is one of his greats for me.

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- Stacy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-05-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio