Reading the description of this book, I had the impression that it was going to focus on the rise and fall of this role in the automatic age, especially concerning his "trial". However, this book starts all the way at this birth and meanders slowly through his life, his marriages, etc. I have read biographies before and I love non-fiction, but this was just boring. It needs an abridgment desperately.
While the narrator was in fact fine on his own, it was the recording itself that was done poorly. The book would switch between a normal reading to a faded out reading, like he had moved behind a wall. Clearly this book was recorded in sessions and no one bothered to make sure each session was recorded with the same quality. For a paid book, this is pretty unforgivable. I've listened to plenty of free, volunteer read audiobooks, that didn't have this sloppy quality.
This well researched, illuminating account of Oppenheimer's life, goes to great lengths to describe his murky relationship to the Communist Party and it's various members. While at the same time filling out the more personal aspects of the famed Manhattan Project leader's life.
The seminal work on one of the most important and vexing men of the 20th century. The book is tremendous history, impeccably researched, and expertly presented. Unfortunately, the production quality is significantly below what Blackstone Audio typically does. The initial narrator is great but apparently he mispronounced a couple of the names in the book, particularly Louis Strauss (he pronounces it like Leo Strauss, when in fact it is more like Straws), so they corrected this but the audio mixing of the correction is poor, it's in a different tone, volume, and cadence. Strauss in particular is a central character throughout 50% of Oppenheimer's life so in every instance of his name coming up, hundreds throughout the book, you get the sliced in narrator and it's very abrupt. I expect more of Blackstone Audio.
Lover of entertainment
I loved the book. It was extremely well researched. The story was told and read beautifully.
Genius, Misunderstood, Genius
It is interesting to see how Oppie was well ahead of his time.
He reads very well,although overemphasizes his S' sometimes.
When he was accused of being a communist.
Very good bio!
Red scare and Red spies; leave science to the scientists and the use of its products to the policy-makers. Full of well researched charter tidbits. I loved getting the inside story on the AEC. Humanized the man.
There was a lot of good and interesting information but that last half seemed to be a ton of filler; endless FBI wire taps.
Oppenheimer simply isn't that interesting of an individual. This books looks more at his actions and very little at his motivations or thoughts. The post-war section may be of interest to those who enjoy Cold War politics. Also, the recording quality is sub par.