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.
Putting books on the back burner.
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.
If the book were written like a a story as opposed to a History lecture.
No. I feel from this reading he is a talented narrator. reading a poorly written book.
The narrator did a good job reading a history text book.
I had very high hopes for this book. Nikola Tesla was an amazing inventor and visionary. I really wanted to love a book that told his life story. Unfortunately, the book reads like a 22 hour long history lecture. I would have expected a man who's life was as pivotal as Tesla's to have a more story like quality. Some how the book manages to pile fact upon fact in an unending drudgery of point to point history. This book I think would have been everything i'd hoped if it read more like a story of Tesla's life as opposed to a fact sheet peppered with quotes from Tesla and his contemporaries. I dare say I'm sad I used a credit to buy it. Like I said I really really wanted this to be a great book... it's just not.
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.
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.
I really enjoyed the honest and open way that the author approaches Tesla's life. And the narrator did a great job using different voice inflections and tones to characterize the many interacting people while reading their letters. This book inspired me to appreciate even more the contributions of this amazing Engineer and Inventor, particularly because he was portrayed as a human being, someone I can relate to. I strongly recommend it!