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Cosmos Audiobook

Cosmos

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Publisher's Summary

Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan's collaborator, Ann Druyan, and a new Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.

Includes introductory music: Heaven and Hell by Vangelis from Cosmos: A Personal Voyage used with permission from Druyan-Sagan Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.

©1980 Carl Sagan Productions, Inc (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Foreword © 2013 by Ann Druyan. "Reflections on Carl Sagan's Cosmos" essay © 2013 by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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    Mr 12/06/2017
    Mr 12/06/2017
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    "A masterpiece"

    This is always going to be a classic, and even now it has lost little of what made it great when it originally came out. LeVar Burton does a great job reading it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    DEAN BOOKER 28/06/2017
    DEAN BOOKER 28/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Yep a good book"

    Rob Bryson's history of nearly everything is a good follow up book are pre read to this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dannehdanman 21/06/2017
    Dannehdanman 21/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "The most beautiful book I've ever read.."

    LeVar Burton was a fantastic narrator and really drew one into the book. the story line is intriguing, and inspiring as science always is. Naturally Carl Sagan is to be thanked for writing the masterpiece, but the production of the book into an audiobook was definitely a huge success!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J.P. 16/08/2017
    J.P. 16/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Yes!"

    Every citizen of the cosmos should hear these messages. Inspirational, humbling, enlightening and well delivered.

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    Amazon Customer Bristol, UK 11/08/2017
    Amazon Customer Bristol, UK 11/08/2017 Member Since 2011

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    "Well read LeVar"

    I watched the tv series, read the book and listened to the audio book. LeVar Burton's enthusiastic reading of this book made it very enjoyable.

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    Amazon Customer 08/08/2017
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    "Carl Sagan Unique"

    An original work utterly ruined by dreadful narration
    Only Sagan himself would do this justice

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    stubar 04/08/2017
    stubar 04/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating insight into the universe."

    The book is well constructed and narrated well. The content is maybe a little out of date.

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    Honest Dude 03/08/2017
    Honest Dude 03/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Journey of the cosmos interlaced with history"
    Would you listen to Cosmos again? Why?

    I would probably only listen to a couple of chapters again.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Aspects of this book, I would definitely want to listen to in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book. Whilst the subject matter is focused on the cosmos and everything to do with it. Carl Sagan does a brilliant job of seamlessly interlacing the subject matter with other branches of sciences not directly related. He introduces other discussions and areas without you as the listener noticing until you realise - hey what's that was interesting.

    Carl does a very good job in providing explanations on the subject matter in a way that is generally easily understood, although for some of the more advanced concepts you will need to concentrate and have a presence of mind. Having said that, if this is the first book you listen to regarding the cosmos, it provides a great introduction.

    I have listened to other astronomy books including Welcome to the Universe and I found that book to be very technical. I think this was due to the fact that it probably wasn't really suited for audio book format.

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    Chris 29/07/2017
    Chris 29/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "My favourite audible so far."

    Food for the thinking person and must read for everyone, anywhere, anytime. . . .

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    Amazon Customer 28/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "great listen"

    narrator irritating at times but very interesting book, a nice length too . . .

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  • Alexander the Grouch
    31/05/17
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    "Simply Amazing"

    As i was growing up the television series was one of my favorites. I really enjoyed this audible version. It's great to get this message/knowledge in all different mediums. The narration is fantastic & will hopefully appeal to all mentalities great or small. It would truly be a wonderful thing to see all mankind (& womankind ((don't want to offend anybody;))) use their minds in a way that will benefit us, planet & all. I think it all begins with the right thoughts. Thank you Carl (& narrators) for a timeless message.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • wbiro
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    26/07/17
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    "Still Largely Up to Date"

    I can see now what most popular books on astronomy over the last 35+ years have tried to emulate (this book). I found the book largely still up to date - with phrases that current books still use. Then something pops up that makes you realize the actual date of the book (such as when he refers to a NASA mission scheduled for 1982).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carlos rodriguez
    08/06/17
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    "Book for all Citizens of the Cosmos"

    As the title of this review implies, this book should be read by all those who can read and are inhabitants of the known universe. This truly uplifting masterpiece written by Carl Sagan should be taught to all children in school as one of humankind's finest literary works. The lucidity with which Carl delivers his insights about the Cosmos and our relationship to the Universe is eye opening and awe inspiring. If every human were raised to value the wisdom contained in this book, humans would finally set aside religious, political, territorial differences and disputes and achieve lasting peace across all parts of the earth. Resources will be shared, the environment protected, and scientific progress would lead the way toward a better life for all. It is my sincere hope that this book continue to be valued for millennia to come.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • #SternButFair
    30/07/17
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    "Great information!"

    A quick read and very informative! A great book for those who want to learn about the cosmos!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spencer
    29/07/17
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    "Even if you have read before"

    The performance of this book is brilliant. A book that should be read repeatedly. Despite the age of this work, it is as relevant today as it ever has been. Truly a classic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Engelke
    26/07/17
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    "Inspiring. Innovative. Intelligent."

    A fantastic personal journey. Carl Sagan's vision of the Cosmos is enduring and spot on for being written 30+ years ago. Only good will come from this planet's population reading or listening to his words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    16/06/17
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    "Required Reading"

    The world will be a better place when more of us have read this book.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Marshall
    12/06/17
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    "reading rainbow meets cosmos"

    I loved it.. levar did a fantastic job. I've always loved the TV series, but had never read the book. definitely worth it

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Beta
    18/08/17
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    "Extremely Poor Narration"
    Would you try another book from Carl Sagan and/or the narrators?

    I would try another book by Carl Sagan, as long as someone else reads the book the way that Carl would have read it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cosmos?

    Extremely poor narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Their voices were extremely "dramatic". Accentuating every sentence. It was extremely annoying, and I gave up listening to it.


    Do you think Cosmos needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. As long as the same people do NOT read it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have the original hard back copy of this book. I have the paperback version. I have read them several times. I have the DVD version of the program. I have watched it several times. Carl Sagan is one of the most influential people in my life. I was extremely disappointed in the way this book was read. BTW, I also hated the remake of the TV show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ameya S Naik
    16/08/17
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    "Just fantastic... Opens up a new world.."

    Narrative is good. The historical references are well laid out. Immensely logical. Good message. Super

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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