Although well written, this book is tedious. I just didn't care about the characters. I always finish a book but it was a struggle with this one. Fortunately it was short.
I have long been fascinated by the Manhattan Project and what happened at Los Alamos and have read a number of books on the subject. When I saw a review of "109 East Palace", I knew this was a book that would interest me. I was delighted to find it available on Audible and it was as good as I expected. My only criticism is that the only available version on Audible is abridged. I have an aversion to abridged books. It's like looking at a balck and white copy of the Mona Lisa and trying to gain some sense of the impact of the original. I realize some people who are in a rush prefer them but I wish we had a choice of abridged and unabridged versions as we do with some Audible titles. If you are interested in the history of Los Alamos, this is a book you should have.
I have enjoyed the books by Richard P. Feynman more than any others I have listened to. Once you hear him you will become hooked by his intelligence, humor and common sense. Highly recommeded to all. You do not have to be a physicist or even be interested in physics to enjoy this book.
Both Volume 1 and 2 are interesting books but some of the information presented seemed out of date to me. Audible indicates these titles were published in 2004 and 2005 yet when I looked them up on Amazon I found a publication date of 1974. The books were obviously translated from the original German and I concluded that 1974 must be the date of the English translation because there was a reference in volume 2 to a dam in Africa that was expected to be completed in 1960. The books thus must have been written about 50 years ago which explains why some of the information is incorrect based on subsequent research and discoveries. The discussion of the origin of the Polynesians is a case in point. I would have appreciated Audible disclosing the original publication date. Both books are interesting and worth listening to as long as the listener understands the shortcomings. Of the two, I enjoyed Volume 1 more than Voluime 2.
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