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Is it just me, or is Sagan's voice super annoying after a while?


I'm at the end of the 3rd episode, and it's driving me crazy how slow and slurpy he talks. I love the series and all the information, and his enthusiasm is obvious and nice... but he sounds mentally handicapped.

Just wondering if anyone else experienced a similar frustation.

Long vowels have become such a pain. I'm tempted to find a way to fast forward to make him talk twice as fast.

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Ha, thanks. :)

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Sorry, yes it is just you. ;) While the book is no doubt just as stimulating you wouldn't get to share Dr. Sagan's boundless enthusiasm. That's probably worth a little annoyance.
Ursa the ghost bear

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Actually, I also noticed his specific way of talking and enjoy it very much. I find it very interesting.

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I find it annoying as well. His accent is bizarre and he accentuates random parts of words. Smoking all that weed obviously had an impact

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Weed or not, he was still much smarter than you will ever be. You can prove me wrong, of course, by listing all your scientific achievements.

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Delicious butthurt

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One of the most brilliant cosmologists, and astrophysicists of our time, and you BLAME weed? Go back to your bronze age philosopher, primate...

"Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings" - Victor Stenger

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His accent is bizarre and he accentuates random parts of words


Common among pompous intellectual types trying to sound smarter than everyone else. Its complex where his exact inflection comes from. Left wingers like Sagan hated Reagan and idolized this mythological idea they had about the Soviet Union back then. His look and sound is very Soviet wanna be. The turtlenecks he wore. Always mentioning Soviet space program accomplishments whenever possible. (There were few of any significance) Its just who the left were back then. Despite his politics, his science presentation is great. I enjoy Sagan's voice and pronunciation. Its been made fun of by pop culture forever. It's still a great series. The new one is garbage.


"When he found that his long cherished beliefs did not agree with the most precise observations, he accepted the uncomfortable facts. He preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions. That is the heart of science."
- Carl Sagan on Johannes Kepler

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I like his voice, as a kid it soothed & captivated me as he talked about his childhood in NY, Mars and Percival Lowell, tales from ancient Japan..etc. etc. I love this show and Carl taught me more and encouraged my thirst for knowledge more than most teachers from my youth ....but then again Sagan is a personal hero of mine so perhaps I am biased as far as his voice goes.

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Yeah, you're vegan. Of course it sounds annoying, you lack the proteins of the typical omnivore.

"Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings" - Victor Stenger

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His voice was never annoying to me, nor any real concern. However, you can detect in that 14th episode, the interview with Ted Turner several years after the series premier, that his voice is not as strong, as well as that in a more spontaneous format he makes less effort (and/or has fewer writers and mouthpieces) to sound tactful and instructorly.

"""Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings" - Victor Stenger""

Then science blew up a couple of space shuttles, asphyxiated and burned 3 astronauts on a launch pad, dropped a cosmonaut to his death, and bought rocks for about $10 million per pound, and built enough weapons to destroy the earth many times over; and religion inspired the end of slavery and the beginning of the civil rights movement and established the first universities and hospitals.

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I'm with you on that. Science didn't detroy space shuttles, but it also didn't "fly anyone to the moon." It is only a tool, and can be applied or misapplied. Same with religion, in its different scope; and with a major third operator-- government. Science, religion, and government all ideally operate independently, but since it is the same humanity they involve, there will be overlaps; some positive, some negative; some progressive, some regressive; some in peace, some in hostility,....

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I find it amusing, as I watch the seemingly endless supply of similar shows on Discovery - History - NAT GEO etc., that these scientist/hosts so clearly have based their host presentations on Carl, presumably because they want to enthrall and inspire future generations like Carl Sagan definitely did with Cosmos...yet they lack his ability to do so....not too bad for a man who had "an annoying voice" and smoked the devils weed, eh?

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I just started watching this for the first time last night.

My wife commented on how Sagan sounds like Ernie from Sesame Street. He really does!

He does have a very unique way of speaking, but it doesn't bother me (at least not yet).

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