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.
Yes - great story.
Oppenheimer - probably the most interesting and complex character I've met.
Good pace and consistent voice quality.
No -too long.
This is long listen. But well worth it. Was there ever a more interesting man than J. R. Oppenheimer? Talk about living life to the fullest. Truly great books can be enjoyed at many levels and this book is no exception. And the big ideas in the great books are timeless. As I listened to this story - I couldn't help reflecting on todays scientists fighting with their government over the environment and more recently, national security, surveillance and personal privacy. Many years after his death - Oppenheimer appears to have been vindicated on nuclear defense strategy. This book left me wondering - can we and our government learn to tolerate a genius like Oppenheimer when his political thought and lifestyle is not mainstream? A great listen.
The production quality was below average. His narration was fine but audio dubbing was obvious. Sound quality of the dubs was poor. It's not his faulty but the production sounded amateurish.
It's definitely worth listening to despite the production faults.
A bit dry - go for the Abridged version. The story was interesting but it got a little deep into some of the details of the science of creating the A-Bomb. However, my biggest issue was with the production value of this book. It sounded like it was pieced together from hundreds of readings. Sometimes one sentence would sound like it was a completely different studio and was inserted way after the fact. VERY distracting and beneath what I have come to believe is a high quality product in Audible. They need to redo this entire production in my opinion.
I would not have left a review, but at a certain point I simply had to say something. As a professional in the field of history, intimately involved with this subject matter, I am stunned at the lack of research that went into this production. Names are comically mispronounced as if there was no effort at all to research the topic. Beyond that, it is a patchwork production lacking even the most basic audio editing skills. The edits are frequent and absurdly distracting.
Watch out for such gems as the mispronounciation of Eugene Wigner, Vanivar Bush (Van-IH-veer!) and perhaps most shockingly, the Nobel Prize Winner Aage Bohr (Ah-wah...seriously?) It's as if this was recorded as a C- level undergraduate project.
Yes, it's a fascinating story. I'm a sucker for anything atomic bomb related, but Oppenheimer's story is particularly tragic. The guy who brought everyone together, ran the atomic bomb project gets his security clearance revoked less than a decade later in a humiliating show trial.
I would have liked to have heard more about Frank Oppenheimer.
It's not the PERFORMANCE that lacks, it's the editing. Especially names, they're edited with all the style and grace of an outgoing voicemail message. Something something something..........Victor Weisskopf.........yadda yadda yadda. The edits aren't even EQed the same.