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Jodie Foster narrates the Audiobook version - too cool!


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"this is the govt. why build one when you can build two for twice the price"
A great quote from the movie, but the conversation in the book has nothing even close. In the book the conversation between Ellie and Hadden is joined by a third party (Yamagishi), and Hadden's funniest quips are about him. Still, he does have a fairly clever line when Ellie figures out what's happening with the test sites.

"You mean you've been secretly assembling an identical copy of the Machine in Japan?"

"Well, it's not exactly a secret. We're testing out the individual components. Nobody said we can only test them one at a time. "
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Wayyy better than the movie.
I think both are great. The book could go into more detail, of course. But the movie did a good job with the story, and having only one astronaut instead of several makes more sense with the way things turned out after the trip.
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Yep, what a bitter disappointment that was.
I felt the same watching Ender's Game.
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Michael Crichton
this Michael Crichton? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Crichton
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A great quote from the movie, but the conversation in the book has nothing even close. In the book the conversation between Ellie and Hadden is joined by a third party (Yamagishi), and Hadden's funniest quips are about him. Still, he does have a fairly clever line when Ellie figures out what's happening with the test sites.

"You mean you've been secretly assembling an identical copy of the Machine in Japan?"

"Well, it's not exactly a secret. We're testing out the individual components. Nobody said we can only test them one at a time. "
yeah I like the movie quote better. I've used it since I used to work for the feds!
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Wayyy better than the movie.
Wow, and I really like the movie. The book must be amazing.
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Love Sagan, nice find! Thanks, repped!
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this Michael Crichton? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Crichton
Indeed...
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Can we believe in things we cannot prove, are some experiences beyond scientific inspection? An incredible novel by an amazing human, Sagan's life of atheism and his epiphany late in life after cancer diagnosis are very much the subtext for this story
He wrote this book in 1985, and was diagnosed with cancer in 1994. I'm not sure the cancer diagnosis provided much subtext from 9 years in the future.

I'm glad you're a Sagan fan, but it kind of sounds like you're implying he had some kind of deathbed conversion. He did not.

From Billions and Billions (co-written with his wife, Ann Druyan):

"Contrary to the fantasies of the fundamentalists," Druyan writes, "there was no deathbed conversion, no last minute refuge taken in a comforting vision of a heaven or an afterlife. For Carl, what mattered most was what was true, not merely what would make us feel better."

This kind of false attribution of a "deathbed conversion" shows up all over social media when prominent atheists die. Hawking, Hitchens, Sagan--none of them sold out at the last second as they saw the light, but Facebook grandma loves forwarding memes saying that they did.

Sorry if that's not what you were implying with your comment, that's just how I interpreted it.
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Maybe, I liked both the book and the film. I liked the movie enough to have seen it three times now.
Just thrice?
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It's no surprise that the book is better than the movie, but the movie was pretty good. It also had this cleverly shot mirror scene:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD0_5HFMPIg

If you can get over how slowly she's running, it's a damn impressive shot.
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"Jodie Foster narrates the Audiobook version - too cool!"

Depends on the platform, since I have this on Audible, and it was read by Laurel Lefkoe.
You may not want to know this considering you already own a copy, but the Jodie Foster version appears to be on Audible as well.

To anyone interested, here's the link:
https://www.amazon.com/Contact-Ca...B0001KIH2W
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To second other comments: the movie doesn't do it justice at all. The book really made me think, whereas the movie is just entertaining. They chop it up of course, but the worst part is that the movie really misses some of the deeper messages and wisdom of Carl Sagan. If you haven't read this, I definitely recommend.

Great deal, but not sure if I'm buying myself, I still have my paperback copy from before the movie. Been meaning to re-read that. Most of what I read is digital these days, paper will be nice to change to for once.
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