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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.
53 of 54 people found this review helpful
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.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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?
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I had very fond memories on the tv series linked to this book, and this Audible version did not disappoint. Its profound and often moving messages are still as relevant and important as when they were first written- possibly even more so. Sagan provided a real understanding of what is known about the universe, and an idea of what is left to be discovered. It delivers some stark messages on the dangers of nuclear war (if only Donald Trump could read!) but is an ultimately hopeful and almost spiritual book.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Cosmos, an already captivating and thought-provoking composition, as relevant today as when it was composed by the great Carl Sagan, is enhansed even further by LeVar Burton and his wonderful narration. This Audible edition of Cosmos quite literally brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. Thank you.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Beautiful. Just beautiful. Still relevant after all these years. Wonderfully narrated. A must have audio book for everyone.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful