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Wizard Audiobook

Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.
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Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Among Tesla's creations were the channeling of alternating current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, and the giant turbines that harnessed the power of Niagara Falls.

©1996 Marc J. Seifer (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Seifer's vivid, revelatory, exhaustively researched biography rescues pioneer inventor Nikola Tesla from cult status and restores him to his rightful place as a principal architect of the modern age." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Peter Gundaroo, Australia 12-10-12
    Peter Gundaroo, Australia 12-10-12
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    "Gripping tale of Tesla's brilliant life and work."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wizard to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version. Audio would be hard to beat, especially as a way to absorb information while on a long trip. Never dull!


    What other book might you compare Wizard to and why?

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel, by LTC Rolt. Brunel's genius was as wide-ranging as Tesla's.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction was one of amazement at the scope of Tesla's achievements. An incredible life.


    Any additional comments?

    I strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the early years of technology.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Bothell, WA, United States 12-05-12
    Brandon Bothell, WA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great In-depth Bio of Tesla"

    Pros:
    Learn about all aspects of his life

    Cons:
    Got lost in some of the technical discussion on his inventions

    I picked this up to learn about a historical figure that I have heard contributed greatly to modern science but short of the Tesla coil I knew nothing about. The book took a deep dive into all aspects of his life and his projects. While I am not electrical engineer I was able to general understand his inventions, but got lost in some of the technical discussions.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 04-21-12
    Dean 04-21-12 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "The inventor we owe so much to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Reading about a man who changed soo much of our technology...for the sake exploration through invention. It is inspiring to consider he did so much, for the sake of doing it, not for the glory or money.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jay 02-07-15
    Jay 02-07-15 Member Since 2004
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    "Very Disappointing"

    I've been listening to Audible books for more than ten years and this is the first book I didn't finish. I think Tesla is an very interesting person and his achievements are pretty amazing but the pace of the story was very slow with lots of detail about the fights over patent rights to his inventions and his personal relationships with other scientists. There's also some Serb nationalism and a weird attempt at doing a psychoanalytic analysis of Tesla. Simon Prebble is a great narrator but he didn't have much to work with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 02-21-13
    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 02-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A good historical account"

    I have always been interested in Tesla. I wanted to know more about his inventions, and to understand better why he has faded into history.

    This book fulfilled both desires. I learned a lot about his inventions (very interesting), and I learned that he was such an overblown stuffed shirt with a Messiah complex that people couldn't stand him. Frankly, I stopped the book with about an hour to go just because I disliked Tesla's personality so much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carl woodbridgeLaneWoodbridge, VA, United States 11-10-12
    Carl woodbridgeLaneWoodbridge, VA, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fascinating Yet Boring"
    Would you try another book from Marc J. Seifer and/or Simon Prebble?

    A well researched and exhaustive book on Nikola Tesla. I found the information about the inventor and his relationship with both Thomas Edison and Westinghouse fascinating. Also the extent of his ground breaking and original research in electric power, electric motors, radio and other technologies was interesting. Also the competition between inventors, patent wars, and claims of who was "first" was interesting as well.


    What could Marc J. Seifer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Too much time is spent on Tesla's personal life and relationships with different luminaries of the time. Some of his relationships like those with Mark Twain are interesting and added color to the story. Others like Tesla's relationship really more of an acquaintance with Rudyard Kipling seemed to be more of name dropping than essential to the story.

    I found some of the cultural aspects like the fascination with life on Mars at the time interesting yet at the same time there was too much detail, and too many examples provided by the author. Much of the details provided seemed like overkill - I felt like I had already gotten the point and was being bludgeoned with additional trivia.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Simon Prebble does a good job in bringing color to the stories and the characters but all in all much of the book seemed repetitious and boring.


    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Will CORAL SPRINGS, FL, United States 11-23-12
    Will CORAL SPRINGS, FL, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great"

    I learned more about history than I did in school! great book would highly recomend it.

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    Thack Archuletta 11-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful book, absolutely recommend it"

    The book is wonderfully put together and treats on the life of Tesla very well. I was captivated the whole time. Especially enjoyed the guy who narrates this book; he did wonderfully. Have him do the audio on more books!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jack lichtenstein 08-16-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Difficult genius"

    Nikola Tessla was a genius. His inventions, including the ac motor, radio, microwave and many more changed civilization forever. However, he was also a difficult madman at times.
    For instance, J.P. Morgan gave him $120,000 dollars for a specific project- to make a telegraph to send the Yachting news to his offshore boat. Instead, he took the money to go to Colorado to construct a radio tower. He antagonized Mr. Morgan, forever. Mr. Morgan proceeded to block all of his future endeavors. Because of his exasperating personality he became largely lost to history until Elan Musk named his car after him. Great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lorin 12-08-14
    Lorin 12-08-14
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    "The Man History Forgot"
    Would you listen to Wizard again? Why?

    Yes, because there are a lot of things to digest although very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed learning more about Tesla of course, but I also liked learning about his contemporaries and how there histories were interwoven.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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