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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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  • Ben Engelke
  • 26/07/2017

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.

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  • Seph
  • 09/11/2017

Over-acting voice actors

The story is great. And I loved LeVar Burton in Star Trek. My critique is that the majority of the book is narrated by LeVar and his constant over-acting of every line and the immense emphasis on every word makes it extremely tiring to listen to. He even does voices. A lot. It turns ridiculous.
Likewise, Ann Druyan is also audibly squinting, straining her voice, and reads every line like it's the most important revelation. When everything is important, nothing is.
Their voice-acting muddles the message, slows down the reading, and I feel less connected to Carls message as a consequence. I found myself increasingly annoyed with each chapter. Seth MacFarlane is much better.

I've stopped in chapter 8. Their over-acting has ruined this book for me. I cannot finish it.

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  • DM
  • 11/09/2017

Levar Burton channelling Captain Kirk

What made the experience of listening to Cosmos the most enjoyable?

The book is wonderful but it is exhausting to listen to Levar Burton. I am a fan of his; don't get me wrong, and he should be a genius choice for this. But why is he channelling the classic James T. Kirk delivery? Weird spacing of phrases, strange emphases that distort sentence structures...after a while it gets too distracting and I have to take a break. This is disappointing as I typically listen to audiobooks on long drives.

The content is fascinating and Carl Sagan's enthusiasm, knowledge and love of science shines through regardless. Every few minutes I learn something new.

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  • Mike D.
  • 14/11/2017

A Classic.

Carl Sagan is brilliantly able to explain the questions being asked of the cosmos. A true masterpiece of modern science which holds up pretty well even after 30 years. All that said, I’m more inclined to recommend the updated Cosmos tv series by Neil Degrasse Tyson.

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  • Mike C
  • 07/09/2017

Geordi LaForge Teaches you about the Universe

Great Content and Great Narrator! I grew up watching LeVar Burton on TNG and Reading Raonbow, so saying his narration was nostalgic is a bit of an understatement...but nostalgia aside, he does an amazing job. As for the content he reads, lets just say I am saddened that Carl Sagan died before I ever knew who he was.

While some of the more theoretical content in this book is now considered fact or debunked, Cosmos contains a fountain of knowledge about our universe. Sagan takes a detailed look at the process of the living universe attempting to understand itself, starting with a grand, intergalactic perspective, and slowly zooming in the lense all the way to our society, and our minds.

He does get a little heavy handed when it comes to nuclear war, but he wrote this during the Cold War, so good on him for trying to do something about it. I am a little depressed after finishing to realize our global society has changed so little since he released this book in 1980, but if you ignore the 37 year interval, it will give you a hopeful outlook on our future as a single species in a global society. Cosmos delves into the interconnectivity of our universe in a way most people never think of.

Get this book, and learn why we are an endangered species, why the big bang could have been a supernova explosion, and how each of us is made, of "star stuff".

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  • Beta
  • 18/08/2017

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.

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  • Rich
  • 13/11/2017

excellent

Great content, holds up after all this time. Some may find it a bit basic, but there are plenty of gems buried within.
Performance is also excellent!
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  • wbiro
  • 26/07/2017

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).

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  • Carlos Rodriguez
  • 08/06/2017

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.

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  • Alexander the Grouch
  • 31/05/2017

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.

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  • A. Pohl
  • 15/01/2018

Ein (noch) zeitloser Klassiker

Cosmos war 1980 eine Revolution und hat das Genre der populärwissenschaftlichen Medien aus der Versenkung gehoben, wenn nicht sogar in seiner heutigen Form begründet. Man kann keinen Bill Bryson lesen ohne an Cosmos erinnert zz werden, man kann keine der zahllosen TV Wissenschaftsdokus schauen, ohne sich zu wünschen sie würden das Niveau von Cosmos wieder erreichen.
Carl Sagan spannt hier elegant den Bogen über viele, viele wissenschaftliche Disziplinen, zeigt auf wo er einen roten Faden sieht und extrpoliert ihn geradewegs in die Zukunft. Das ganze in einem wunderbaren Schreibstil und mit einem unbändigen Optimismus, den die Menschheit 1980 bitter nötig hatte und der zum heutigen Zeitpunkt wieder einmal nötig ist. Einige wissenschaftliche Erkenntnise in diesem Buch sind heute überholt, andere Fragen die Sagan stellt möglicherweise in Beantwortung begriffen. Aber als Vollblutwissenschaftler macht er keinen Hehl daraus, dass es keine absoluten Wahrheiten gibt sondern immer nur eine fortschreirende Entwicklung, eine Kette von Modellen, die hinterfragt werden wollen und sollen. Und somit hat er eine Leinwand geschaffen auf der er seine Ideen und Spekulationen ausbreiten kann. Dabei bleibt er stets in einem gerühlten Konjunktiv und betont die Subjektivität seiner Vision, und das bereits im Titel. Allerdings sind seine Ausarbeitungen fesselnd und begründet und einige haben sich als fast schon prophetisch herausgestellt. Das Werk gibt einen tiefen Einblick in eine sanfte Seele in einem wundervollen Kosmos und das fast kindliche Staunen hinter seinen ganzheitlichen Betrachtungen reisst einen mit und rührt etwas tief im Menschen an. Carl Sagan, ich vermisse dich.

Als Sprecher LeVar Burton zu wählen war ein Glücksgriff. Ich habe noch kein (nuchtfiktionales) Hörbuch mit einem besseren erlebt. Die Stimme ist angenehm und zu jeder Zeit verständlich. Er transportiert Carls Begeisterung nicht einfach, man spürt, dass er sie teilt.

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