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.
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.