Audiobook Review: Contact by Carl Sagan

ContactSource: Purchased
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series:
Narrator: Laurel Lefkow
Edition: Audiobook, 14 Hours 42 Minutes
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Purchase: Amazon / Audible / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 5/5 Stars

For centuries humanity has dreamed of life and intelligence beyond the Earth; for decades scientists have searched for it in every corner of the sky; for years Project Argus, a vast, sophisticated complex of radio telescopes, has listened for a signal indicating the existence, somewhere in the universe, of extraterrestrial intelligence.

Then, one afternoon, the course of human history is changed, abruptly and forever. The Message, awaited for so long, it’s very possibility doubted by so many, arrives.

Contact has been made. Life, intelligence, someone, something beyond Earth, 26 light-years away, in the vicinity of the star Vega, is calling, beaming across space a wholly unexpected message to say that we are not – have never been – alone.

Have you ever read a book and when you finished it you find yourself just sitting there staring at the back of the book with a goofy smile on your face? That was how Contact concluded for me. A sense of awe, wonder, and utmost appreciation.

Contact is a book that proudly dances on and across the line between logical science and brilliant wonder. It’s both realistic and hopelessly optimist about the vastness of our universe and I need that in my life as often as possible. Contact is at its heart a first contact story, that centers around a woman named Ellie as the Earth finds itself on the receiving end of radio waves from another star system. However, it actually presents a lot more than that. We get glimpses at science vs religions and how there is a possible marriage between the two, and even how when separate they can evoke the same feelings. We see detailed looks at human relationships and how we can be so busy focusing on the ‘big picture’ that we tend to forget the here and now, and how we miss out on things important to us if we don’t take a step back now and then. It holds a scope so massive and yet it spends a good deal of time showing those small important moments that really make a person. The science part of this can be dense and dry, but I honestly have a love of science so I didn’t mind it at all. I thought it was pretty fascinating. However, I think even if someone kind of zoned out during those moments the story would not be lost on you.

The plot of this was quite surprising to me. I went in somewhat blind, as I haven’t seen the movie or even looked at reviews, and I am so thankful for that. It’s such an unconventionally beautiful book. Sure it’s dry and can be very dense in areas, but it kind of wormed its way into a portion of mind devoted to childlike wonder for space. I don’t necessarily think this is an easy read, and I had to listening to the audiobook while following along in my print copy just to make sure I was processing it. It certainly has its issues, but this is one of those cases where it just pressed all the right buttons for me. The first contact storyline was compelling and interesting, full of detail and reflection, and the look at Ellie’s personal life and thoughts brought so much more to table.

Overall I think this is one to try out if you are a fellow sci-fi nerd. I do recommend trying it out first, perhaps through the library or a sample before committing to it fully.

5 stars

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Sunday Post #316

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

It’s been a somewhat frustrating week here for me. More applications, more silence. Plus I let my Scribd account renew, kind of accidentally, but I figured I’d use it for the readathons coming up because some books I wanted to read were going to be available on Oct. 1st. Well jokes on me, because apparently, they cycle books out as you read each month. So all the books I wanted to read are no longer available, two days into the damn month. Not happy at all. Unlimited listening is fantastic, limiting what books I can read makes it just as bad as my libraries terrible digital collection. So I have to read do my TBRs, but I do have the overall post up and ready to go for three of the upcoming events. You can find it here: Readathons 2018.

There is a Litsy challenge to read all 62 Goosebumps books in October, but since I’ve read a few recently I’m only going to tackle those new to me or those I don’t remember. So be prepared to see some of those pop up on my reading lists.

Books Read

  • Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
  • Monster Blood by R.L. Stine
  • Say Cheese and Die by R.L. Stine
  • The Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine
  • Priest of Bones by Peter McLean
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julia Kagawa

Last Two Weeks

September Recap 

Shadow of the Fox by Julia Kagawa (3.5 Star Review)

Priest of Bones by Peter McLean (3.5 Star Review)

Vader Down (4 Star Review)

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (4 Star Review)

Priest of Bones by Peter McLean (3.5 Star Review)

Book Haul 

 

 

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