Yes, because there are a lot of things to digest although very interesting.
I really enjoyed learning more about Tesla of course, but I also liked learning about his contemporaries and how there histories were interwoven.
Highly informative, yet engaging, this biography is packed with physics and electricity details (I had to look up some of it), yet conveying the true Tesla story, as I see it, the way an inventor becomes an entrepreneur and communicates with investors. Tesla provides a lesson for life.
Love a well told story (all genres) with a flavor of romance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Im not sure I would listen to this particular book, even though I thought it was excellent. However this book does inspire me to look into other good sources on Tesla.
It would be hard to pinpoint a single event. However it was very interesting to view Tesla through the eyes of his contemporaries. And visa versa.
Good performance. A little dry, but appropriate for a biography. Clear and understandable.
Great book. Good performance. It can be a bit confusing as the author tends to pop back and forth in time however I still recommend the book for anyone remotely interested in Tesla and inventors in general.
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.
The reader is very good, but the subject can get too technically confusing on occasion.
There were many details about his life that don't appear to have affected his work but that did give a hint into his psyche and personal life. In a book, rightly so with the subject, mainly focusing on the technical achievements of the inventor, these personal tidbits that have no apparent affect on his work seem more like distractions than useful or insightful information. They seemed to only manage to serve as anecdotal and filler making a long book too much so.
The other problem I had was the jumping around of the timeline. While this doesn't happen often, in comparison to the large amount of story and information about Tesla's life, they were actually more confusing because of their infrequency. If the book had been topical, following a thread of his life or a specific invention this would be common and understandable. That type of book would not be viewed chronologically for the entirety of his life but only in snipits. Where as this book attempted a little of this and a majority of a chronological telling of his life the effect was occasional and mild confusion, buy of course that could just be me.
Overall it's a good book. Just don't expect to sit down and blow through this one quickly. Only a serious Tesla-file would be able to handle this in more than 1-2 hour chunks.
This is one of the most thorough biographies I have ever read. Expect to learn a lot about topics surrounding Tesla. It really gives you a feeling of the world around Tesla as well as the lives of the many interesting people he surrounded himself with. This telling of his life is unabridged af.