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Billions & Billions

Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo, Ann Druyan
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Astronomy
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In the final book of his astonishing career, Carl Sagan brilliantly examines the burning questions of our lives, our world, and the universe around us. These luminous, entertaining essays travel both the vastness of the cosmos and the intimacy of the human mind, posing such fascinating questions as how did the universe originate and how will it end, and how can we meld science and compassion to meet the challenges of the coming century? Here, too, is a rare, private glimpse of Sagan's thoughts about love, death, and God as he struggled with fatal disease. Ever forward-looking and vibrant with the sparkle of his unquenchable curiosity, Billions & Billions is a testament to one of the great scientific minds of our day.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1997 The Estate of Carl Sagan (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • And vice versa
  • 23-07-18

Our generation's most pressing issues

Don't be put off by the first couple of chapters. The nature of the book becomes clear as you go along. These are somewhat randomly chosen topics, but their existential relevance ties them together. Sagan is both prescient and, sadly, overly optimistic in his treatment of global warming. He brings nuance - yes, nuance - to the usually thumbs-up, thumbs-down topic of abortion. By the end, you will have thought more deeply and become more informed about humanity and the universe. It is a wonderful encore.

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  • Devon
  • 15-05-19

A valuable, broad perspective on humanity

The content of Carl Sagans words in this book are detailed, with an eloquent passion and concern for our species and the ones we share this planet with. This final piece of his life's body of work has emphasised what his previous work has done for me personally, inspired a will to question, be inquisitive as to the truth of matters, not shrouding in mystecism... and above all, to acknowledge the intrinsic connection, web that we live within this cosmos.

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  • Courtney Cowan
  • 16-04-19

Sobbed like a baby

The book was absolutely amazing. When it got to Carl's final days the story became heart wrenching. And listening to Ann's recalling of Carl's final moments, taking his death with such dignity was tough but astounding.

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  • Rod A. Galindo
  • 22-10-19

Amazing and beautiful.

Fans of Sagan cannot miss this essay into life, the universe, and everything. Regarding the audio version, at first it was jarring to hear a female's voice reading the words of Carl Sagan, but I very quickly got used to Adenrele Ojo's voice and really enjoyed her incredible rendition. Ann Druyan's epilogue nearly made me cry. Hearing her voice reading her own writing was so much better than merely reading the words from a page. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen now!

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  • Bookworm O'Nerd
  • 31-05-18

A good listen

The book encapsulates Carl Sagan's thoughts on very various topics, and is an easy, satisfying listen.

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