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Luke Thomson

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  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

  • By: Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
  • Narrated by: Nick Sagan, Ann Druyan, Clinnette Minnis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
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World renowned scientist Carl Sagan and acclaimed author Ann Druyan have written a Roots for the human species, a lucid and riveting account of how humans got to be the way we are. It shows with humor and drama that many of our key traits - self-awareness, technology, family ties, submission to authority, hatred for those a little different from ourselves, reason, and ethics - are rooted in the deep past, and illuminated by our kinship with other animals.

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  • The story of how humans and our closest siblings

  • By Luke Thomson on 15-03-2018

The story of how humans and our closest siblings

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Reviewed: 15-03-2018

Wonderful tale of our ancestors and where we have come from. Some parts seem exceeding relevant to modern times. Excellent performance by Carl's own son. Truly perfect within the context of the nature of the book.

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  • Good overview of the astrophysical landscape

  • By Luke Thomson on 28-12-2017

Good overview of the astrophysical landscape

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Reviewed: 28-12-2017

Great performance by Neil deGrasse Tyson and a great introduction for the layperson into astrophysics and astronomy. Only wish the final segment on the Cosmic Perspective was expanded. Perhaps that will come later, in a more Sagan-esque sequel.

  • Billions & Billions

  • Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium
  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo, Ann Druyan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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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?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clear and concise.

  • By E. J. Lizier on 02-12-2018

Incredibly moving

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Reviewed: 30-09-2017

Wonderful collection of assorted works by Carl Sagan. The epilogue by Ann Druyan is extremely touching. Would highly recommend for any fans of Carl Sagan or science in general.

  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
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Cosmos is one of the best-selling 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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • incredible book doesn't translate well into audio

  • By Anonymous User on 24-08-2018

A book everyone should read

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Reviewed: 25-07-2017

Cosmos is one of those books that only grows in relevance as time goes on. The final words on war and humanity's journey in the cosmos are incredibly poignant and Carl's writing is as fresh and insightful as if it were written today. Great performance from Burton, and the introductions are wonderful, especially Ann Druyan's which was particularly moving. If you want to become a better human, get this book.