• Pale Blue Dot

  • A Vision of the Human Future in Space
  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 30-05-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (138 ratings)

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 Tribune

Introductory 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.

©1994 Carl Sagan (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Stanley Hopea on 14-06-17

Wanderful :)

Any additional comments?

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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4 out of 5 stars
By D. M. York on 26-09-17

Wonderful, but just not enough Carl

It must first be said, there is a distinct and woeful absence of Carl Sagan in the narration of this book. Whilst the details indicate that it is jointly narrated by both Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, Carl only narrates four short chapters at the very beginning of the book and after that the remaining 85% is narrated by Ann. Not that I can be critical of Ann Druyan who conducts the narration with a great deal of grace, though she is no substitute for the great Carl Sagan. Though if you have ever heard Carl Sagan speaking you realise that he speaks with a great deal of awe and even reverence about science and this is something that comes across with Ann. That being said, she would not be my first and most obvious choice as a narrator for this book. Her voice occasionally sounds tired, though she is always clear in what she says so I cannot raise much fault. I was disappointed that there was so little of Carl to this book.

The book itself mostly focuses upon the science of astrophysics and the attempts to discover more and understand more about the universe that surrounds us. If you have read Cosmos by Sagan you will find that many sections are repeated here, though the book is a quite glorious introduction and study of space about us and the issues we face in trying to understand it. The book makes numerous points about the lack of funding for space exploration, which when costed properly is only a small fraction of what is paid in defence budgets.

If you have an interest in science and astrophysics you will enjoy this book greatly, especially in later chapters as it hypothesises about how humanity will take to exploring the solar system and access the resources it has to offer.

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1 out of 5 stars
By JR on 30-05-17

Audio Quality Choices

I love this book. I shouldn't have to tell you of its grandeur and importance. I have total respect for Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan; I am ever thankful for their work. This review is souly regarding the recently released Audible edition.
I understand the thinking behind releasing a new digital conversion of the original masters, as they are now, with silences contained within the degraded tapes. But, I would have much preferred the previous audio book release sound files, lower fidelity as it may be, to have been spliced in where there is silence. In this release, entire paragraphs are unintelligible from the tape degradation.
Also, the sections where Ann Druyan narrates have a very noticeable and distracting noise gate. Her performance is wonderful, but the background hiss pops in when she speaks and pops out when she stops. My amateur home studio has a better noise to signal ratio than this recording, and even still, leaving the gate off with the background hiss playing continuously would have been less distracting.
I am not sure why the previously released audio book version is not able to be purchased, whether it's due to copyright or licensing or some other absurd reason. That is the version I would like to get my hands on.
All that being said, I do not regret purchasing this, as it supports Druyan and the Sagan estate, but I don't think I will be using it much. I hope at some point a good copy of the first release is found and sold once again.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dusty Rhoads on 05-06-17

It's Carl and Annie!!!! What a treasure!!

When does an unabridged audiobook come out for the first time 20 years after its author has died using the author's narrative voice? It's almost unheard of in the audiobook world, and yet in this case it happened. And it's not just any author--it's none other than the greatest popularizer of science of the 20th century---Carl Sagan.
"Pale Blue Dot" was the only book Carl ever did an audio recording of before his untimely death in 1996. It was an abridged version on audiocassette, now long out-of-print.
Now, his four decades-long co-writer, "Cosmos" collaborator, love of his life, and surviving wife Annie Druyan has found Carl's original master recordings of his voice and has filled in to make the first unabridged recording of this book---a book long famous for the soliloquy-excerpt bearing the same name, now deservedly a part of modern pop science culture. "Consider again that dot." I always will, Carl. Thank you for this, Annie! Thank you, Carl. You are proof that, although life isn't fair, good things sometimes happen to deserving, good people.

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