Life is too short to skip a great story, and ice cream.
Well researched biography of Nikola Tesla. I was rather bored and overwhelmed with his technical achievements (which I am sure the engineering listeners/readers would appreciate it greatly), but I think the narrator did his best in reading the book. I think I wouldn't be able to finish the book without the audiobook.
You can tell who I am by my reading, or can you?
If the goal of a biography is to create the mood of the times and the life of a person, Tesla's time and life was very boring. This is a highly detailed book, that cites many actual facts, and tries to describe all Tesla's inventions. You can have a glimpse of the style by the very long title. The author is also a clear fan of Tesla, this may prevents him from creating a certain distance from the character. After reading Mr. Isaacson's wonderful bios of Jobs and Einstein, I may be expecting too much. I think we are still lacking a good Tesla's biography, and the character deserves it. I confess I could not go though all the book, and stopped after its half. May be a missed the best part, probably not.
I would look with caution at Seifer's other works given the plodding style with which he approached this fascinating inventor's life.
I listened with great interest to the first half of Tesla's career, but in the latter stretch I gave up eventually because there seemed to be too little editing happening as to what was really significant or interesting, and what was really just stuff that, you know, had happened.
I echo some of the other commenters' views that mentioned the amount of unfiltered detail in the latter parts of the book. It became less than gripping in the latter half.
I don't write book reports.
Nikola Tesla is a true genius. What an awesome mind at inventing the foundation of modern ways that we live. Listening to the "Wizard" was really interesting. I could not get enough with all of Tesla's inventions and the society that he lived in. I should had listened to Marc J. Seifer's biography on Nikola Tesla a lot sooner. I grasp to information like this. I never heard about Tesla, the inventor before I bought this book.
abridged would have been much less painful
Not sure, but this will be put away unfinished.
Never listened to him before. His voice and style got me through the first few chapters, but there is a limit to how much a reader can make up for bad text.
So much of the book was spent on scientific detail rather than Tesla's life. I know it would be hard to separate the two completely, but it is difficult to listen to so much detail.
In fairness, this is outside my normal listen. However, I am often happily surprised by books that are out of my normal range. This was a very unhappy surprise. At least itt was on sale.
I liked the book, but I could have done without the psychoanalysis. At one point, the author, Marc J. Seifer, a distant relative of Nikola Tesla, says that Tesla was a megalomaniac. That term has never been used by the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Wikipedia defines megalomania as, “Megalomania is a psychopathological disorder characterized by delusional fantasies of power, relevance, or omnipotence.’” Wikipedia goes on to describe one characteristic as an overestimation of one’s own powers.
Tesla was not delusional. Tesla was powerful scientific mind, rivaling his one-time employer, Thomas Alva Edison; and unwillingly providing Gugliemo Marconi the foundation of wave generation and transmission that Marconi developed into long-distance radio transmission. Tesla wasn’t a dupe with respect to Marconi – Marconi used Tesla’s patents without acknowledging Tesla or compensating him. To some extent, Tesla was able to recover money in the Courts, but that was long after Marconi was awarded a Nobel Prize for Physics.
Tesla was, however, naïve about finance. Given the opportunity to share business interests 50/50 with financier J.P. Morgan, Tesla insisted that Morgan have controlling interest, 51%. Tesla believed that Morgan would take care of him, and that he and Morgan had the same idealistic world view. Morgan must have believed that Tesla’s socialistic view of technology would lessen Morgan’s profits and powers, and he abandoned Tesla – even though Tesla’s earlier inventions were the basis of much of Morgan’s success. Perhaps Tesla, whom Seifer suspects was gay, was in love with Morgan when he gave Morgan control of a key part of his future.
Tesla wasn’t always right. For example, he rejected Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, even though that supported Tesla’s much earlier discoveries about radio waves. At least, I think that’s what Seifer was saying. I didn’t understand about half the science in the book, but that’s because I lack the physics background. By analogy, Seifer’s transmission was fine; but the receiver was faulty.
“Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius” was an interesting listen. Tesla worked on developing technology, such as the wireless transmission of power, that is possible but not widely used. I liked “Wizard” because it opened the door to the future, as seen from the past.
Tends to drag on with too many excruciating details.
Don't know yet. Still listening to the 21 hours of the book.
I feel this book could have been condensed into about half the length to be more compelling to a reader unless one wishes to be enlightened to EVERY PAINFUL DETAIL of his biography.
This is truly a fascinating story, but very thorough. Start listening at regular speed but then kick it up to 1.5 speed or it will seem interminable.
Nikola Tessla was a genius. His inventions, including the ac motor, radio, microwave and many more changed civilization forever. However, he was also a difficult madman at times.
For instance, J.P. Morgan gave him $120,000 dollars for a specific project- to make a telegraph to send the Yachting news to his offshore boat. Instead, he took the money to go to Colorado to construct a radio tower. He antagonized Mr. Morgan, forever. Mr. Morgan proceeded to block all of his future endeavors. Because of his exasperating personality he became largely lost to history until Elan Musk named his car after him. Great read.