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Carolyn

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  • Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Zoellner
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (105)

    Uranium is a common element in the earth's crust and the only naturally occurring mineral with the power to end all life on the planet. After World War II, it reshaped the global order---whoever could master uranium could master the world. Marie Curie gave us hope that uranium would be a miracle panacea, but the Manhattan Project gave us reason to believe that civilization would end with apocalypse.

    C. Schmidt says: "GREAT book, awful narration"
    "GREAT book, awful narration"
    Overall

    The narrator of this book should really have stuck to reading it straight. His appalling accents would be funny if they weren't so insulting, and his pronunciation, particularly of German words, is poor and clearly not researched. The book itself is excellent and will please many listeners, especially anyone who (like me) enjoys specific histories in line with books like "Cod," "Salt," and "The 13th Element." In the end, the reader could be worse and if you are willing to put up with his accent hash, you will enjoy this book tremendously.

    29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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