• by Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by Laurel Lefkow
  • 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The future is 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.


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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Customer Reviews

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Would you listen to Contact again? Why?

I would definitely listen to Contact again and not just because it was a brilliant story or because I know I'm going to get more from revisiting it. I spent much of the first listen comparing it to the film but now I've done that, the book will be foremost in my mind and I'll be able to relax with the story.

What other book might you compare Contact to, and why?

I can't think of a direct comparison, but there are elements of The Wizard of Oz and Narnia in there - in a really small way!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

My favourite scene was the debate between Ellie and the 2 pastors on the nature of her belief in science versus theirs in religion. If I can pick another, the way Ellie's position is flipped about at the end is fab and I enjoyed the reversal. As far as I can tell, belief, faith and respect for each other's views is the heart of the book. I don't know much about Carl Sagan, but I get the sense he didn't believe in absolute certainties and he handles both viewpoints fairly and with an open mind in the book. He leaves you thinking.

Any additional comments?

If you like lots of technical detail and science alongside your philosophical debate, then you'll really enjoy this story. Personally, I tend to focus on the latter, but I didn't find the science overwhelming or overly uninteresting and zoning out on the odd detail didn't detract from what was an excellent book.
First class narration too.

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- W

Fantastic delivery

The narrator's impeccable reading style brought this great book to life. She breathed and became the characters, creating the illusion of reality, involving the listener in Ellie's experiences.
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- A. Beaumont-Baker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-03-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio