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Carol

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  • Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kristen Iversen
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Kristen Iversen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
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    (44)

    Full Body Burden is a haunting work of narrative nonfiction about a young woman, Kristen Iversen, growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant once designated "the most contaminated site in America." It's the story of a childhood and adolescence in the shadow of the Cold War, in a landscape at once startlingly beautiful and - unknown to those who lived there - tainted with invisible yet deadly particles of plutonium.

    Carol says: "A story that no one else wanted to tell."
    "A story that no one else wanted to tell."
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    What made the experience of listening to Full Body Burden the most enjoyable?

    Relevance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you live near ANY government facility that is surrounded by a fence, this is a MUST-read. If you live near any of the government facilities that are discussed - by name, this is an actionable-read.

    Two criticisms:
    1. The audio quality of the first 45 minutes (...or so) is sub-standard. Don't be discouraged by this: keep listening.
    2. The ending could have included more detail about the blitzkrieg-cleanup of the buildings and soil.

    P.S. The local-alternative newspaper she mentions is named Westword. It has a web site where archival issues can be viewed. About 10 years ago, they did an investigative series on Rocky Flats that is thorough and provides supporting data/viewpoints to Ms. Iversen's material

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