The book is filled with information of the fascinating and detailed life of J. Robert Oppenheimer. The book was for the most part balanced. I did find the authors going off on details about supporting character lives that did not seem to tie strongly into Dr. Oppenheimer's life. Overall a long but worthwhile book about a amazing person living in an equally interesting time in world history.
I did rate the performance a bit lower than I typically do. The reader was very engaging and articulate. My issue was with the audio quality. It would randomly vary for a few sentences as if they were recorded at a separate time or place and then inserted into the audio track. I would go back over the section to make sure it was not my player, but the audio issue would repeat at the exact spot. It is not major, but I seemed to be sensitive to the variations. I would not avoid the book based on this minor issue.
I liked the lot of details in the most interesting parts. I did not like the lots of details in the less interesting parts.the story remained interesting even after the building of the atomic bomb. The whole post WW2 development of the nuclear bomb industry is laid clear. On one side Oppenheimer was a genius, but was very naive
Narrators voice had an 'intellectual' tone. Good match for the subject matter, but a bit dry for a loooooong story
Fascinating and engaging true story from American history.
He read it all so well I did not even think about his technique.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
Very good book. Not much tragedy here. Except perhaps..... well i'll let you read the book. Quite enjoyable. A pigeon holed look into the life of an intellectuall.
This is a lovingly written and sympathetic book about a troubled genius. The narration could be better: there are annoying changes of vocal tone at some points and I wondered whether some parts had been re-recorded. Some parts are over-long. But that didn't spoil the book for me. The insights into the early developments of nuclear physics are fascinating, as is the depiction of the race (as the men doing the job saw it) to build the atomic bomb. The detailed look at the unfair treatment of Oppenheimer during the communist hysteria of the fifties is brilliantly done. The part describing his leadership of the Los Alamos laboratory is the best thing I've read about the development of the bomb.
The -in some ways sad-story of Oppenheimer's personal and family life is well told, but in the end he remains enigmatic. I was left with the impression that the humble and human aspects of his character won in the end over the arrogant side of his personality. The book takes some getting into: putting yourself in Oppenheimer's shoes is maybe impossible given the unique ingredients of his character.
Most: the science
Least: the unimportant background info
Unacceptable hacked together audio sessions
Audible should pull this title until it can be done better
Say something about yourself!
The recording was bad and the reader was too. This ruined an otherwise acurate account of one of the most conflicted and misunderstood personalities of the 20th Century. The book needs to be re-recorded.
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Information about the "necessity" of dropping the bomb that no history book ever explained.
Lectures of Richard Fyenman
There were multiple audio problems" A few times it sounded like the same sentence was repeated. Other times the volumne and/or tone of the speaker changed so dramatically as to really detract from the content. The analogy would be a written book where the fonts suddenly change style, size, underlining, etc. to the point it is difficult to read,
Nothing extreme, but constantly hearing new information, insightful information, emotional information...
When an audio book is devided into multiple files why don't the titles show 1/4, 2/4 or something like that. If you select the wrong file it goes to the top of the display. Now you have three more files that identical titles.
The book goes into great detail about J. Robert Oppenheimer work and personal life. Sometimes it could be very dry, but is need to describe what type of person Oppenheimer was and which roll he played when constructing the first atomic bomb.
The book is good, although it was sometimes a little harder to keep track of all the names of all the people involved (over the course of the life of a prominent figure). Some minor repetition of phrases that made me think I had accidentally skipped backwards.
But the editing of the audio made it seem like I was listening to a ransom note. The cuts are often so different in volume and tone, some people might find it jarring.