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S. Mersereau

STAMFORD, CT USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (370)

    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    Ethan M. says: "A miracle that we escaped the Cold War alive...."
    "Stunning"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Command and Control?

    The story brings together the history, science and military facets of nuclear weapons, by building on an actual Titan ICBM accident.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Having served in the Strategic Air Command and kept B-52s aloft with live nukes, the stories were a revelation - so many accidents and near catastrophes - that one can only conclude we were saved from ourselves.


    Any additional comments?

    It is hard to appreciate the overwhelming threat that nuclear weapons posed in the 60s and 70s, and the relief at the end of the cold war.

    But then, the weapons haven't gone away...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sarah Rose
    • Narrated By Sarah Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    In 1848, the British East India Company, having lost its monopoly on the tea trade, engaged Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, botanist, and plant hunter, to make a clandestine trip into the interior of China - territory forbidden to foreigners - to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea horticulture and manufacturing. For All the Tea in China is the remarkable account of Fortune's journeys into China - a thrilling narrative that combines history, geography, botany, natural science, and old-fashioned adventure.

    S. Mersereau says: "Like Fingernails on a Chalkboard"
    "Like Fingernails on a Chalkboard"
    Overall

    Ms Rose wrote a fascinating, well-researched book. However, this is an audiobook, and listening to Ms Rose read the book is akin to sitting in a pre-K classroom. At first you're distracted by the colorful artwork, then gradually you want to sharpen a pencil and stick yourself in the eye to get out.

    A British male voice would have enhanced the story, and elevated Ms Rose in the process. Sadly, her voice both distracts and irritates this listener. I would recommend reading the book yourself.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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