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  • The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Langewiesche
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his shocking and revelatory new work, celebrated journalist William Langewiesche investigates the burgeoning threat of nuclear-weapons production and the inexorable drift of nuclear-weapons technology from the hands of the rich into the hands of the poor. As more unstable and undeveloped nations acquire the ultimate arms, the stakes of state-sponsored nuclear activity have soared to frightening heights. Even more disturbing is the likelihood of such weapons being used by guerrilla non-state terrorists.

    Mitch Emswiller says: "A Review"
    "If the world really knew..."
    If you could sum up The Atomic Bazaar in three words, what would they be?

    I guess I'd say: scary, scarier, and horrific.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The relative ease at which seemingly poor nations can get their hands on such profound materials such as uranium. The author wrote about the effects of a nuclear detonation and the thing about it is that death come swiftly! The heat alone just destroys anything in its path like no other. Though there are civil uses for nuclear power, making weapons from it should not be allowed under any circumstances because the consequences are far too great.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Weiner?

    Probably, but the story captured me, not the narrator's voice.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when the author discusses the sequence of events resulting from a nuclear detonation from the point of impact through fallout. Very disturbing information, but very informative.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good book and if you're even remotely interested in war, [nuclear] arms proliferation, foreign policy, or just the physics of nuclear weaponry, this book is very likely to impress you.

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  • Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

    A User says: "Reality, always more interesting than fiction."
    "VERY well researched and written / narrated!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! While Jacobsen didn't discuss Hangar 18 so much, she surely shed light on much of mysticism of Area 51 and the arms race between us and the (former) Soviet Union. Now I know why all the alien lifeforms resemble human beings (i.e. two eyes, two arms / legs, etc.) because they were human beings. Her research stems from primary sources, people who worked there and of course her sources on the defense contractors are reliable.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked how she exposed just how inept our science was on military technology to the extent that we had a stolen Russian MiG so we could try to match Soviet technology. Also, I liked the behind-the-scenes bickering from top-level military and government personnel. Were personal agendas put in front of budgets and national defense?

    What does Annie Jacobsen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is relaxing and brings the story to life somehow.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Area 51: Uncovering the Cover-Ups

    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good book and though I'm sure many will remain skeptical, at some point, when an author uses primary-source information, you gotta adjust your beliefs. As with most books that have a great beginning and middle, the end of this book wasn't so great. Still, I think it was a very well researched and well-written book and the author narrates her work very well. Ms. Jacobsen, you did a damn good job with this book! -Derrick

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