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
"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)
This is one of the most thorough biographies I have ever read. Expect to learn a lot about topics surrounding Tesla. It really gives you a feeling of the world around Tesla as well as the lives of the many interesting people he surrounded himself with. This telling of his life is unabridged af.
The book well written and reader does a good job, parts are too technical for the average reader.
This was fascinating story. It is very detailed, sometimes overly so, going into minute details regarding of others Tesla was interacting with. I found when discussing the technical aspects of Teslas work it was written in a way to make it understandable to laymen. It is obvious the author really understood Mr. Teslas life and detailed it precisely.
Seifer treats all of Tesla's work as products of genius. A more discriminating approach would have yielded a more nuanced and interesting picture of this intriguing man. As it is, the listeners must sort for themselves between true inventions like the polyphase alternating current motor, and crackpot schemes like death rays. Worst of all, some unquestioning listeners may take it all as literal truth.
Very detailed information about the life of Tesla. At times too much information. Still fascinating though.
I had heard of N Tesla, but knew almost nothing. This book is very complete, and that is good because Nick was an "illuminati". It was tediously long mainly because my knowledge of electronics is rudimentary. I enjoyed it the reader is awesome.
Skiped chapters glad it ended. lacked vivid excitement of the era's in which he lived. but kept lovelesd dry encylsapedic as an IEEE meeting, unvivid,
I was excited to start this book, and dove in right away. The text itself is very concise and well written, and incredibly thorough. The human interactions were colored with anecdotes and a bit of color here and there. I made it through the first half of the book ok, buy it seemed to become more a task to get through some of the more mundane details, especially concerning tangents on other characters. Overall it was good. and I probably would have rated it 5 if it were edited a bit more.
The narrator is awesome, though his character voices can at times be over the top or distracting.
Well read, well researched, level headed whilst still paying mind to the mysterious and conspiratorial angles. It's a fascinating story full of inspiration, character flaws, rags to riches to rags to legend. I'm going to miss it.
"Exceptional story but stretched too far.."
Needs trimming and checking for repeat content. Could possibly loose one third of time by sticking to time and moment
"Spell binding and I'm an Engineer"
I enjoyed the linking of the dates to world events. I found the story itself very interesting, I found the observations insightful and I found it quite heart breaking that such a great inventor was frustrated by greedy financiers who had no vision.
Although I will accept Tesla needed strong management to keep him on message.
many that have not been recorded yet I'd love to hear Da Vinci's life story or Baron De Fourier, or Countess Lovelace.
More of the same please biographies of Newton, Einstein, Hitler, Stalin, keep um coming!
No, I usually only listen once to books like this.
The depth of detail and back up research carried out.
Many parts of the book were very enjoyable.
Generally, how Tesla never completed the tower, then it was destroyed.
Good book. A bit long at times but, over all a good book if you like that technology thing.
Profiling the huge contribution of Mr Tesla to the world in general not just electricity. He moved in some very influential circles. This book is very well presented and I found the narration a little sleepy at times, At over 17 hours long this book is a good value purchase and great if like me you spend a lot of time driving, then this book will be a good informative companion arming you with plenty of facts with which to bore people with.
"A definitive analysis of a genius"
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Tesla's life story. I had always imagined him to be brilliant but I now know that he was also an incredibly haunted and flawed individual.
My one criticism would be that the author can take the reader down too many sidelines. Although some of these additional narratives are useful and entertaining, just as many are not and seem to get in the way.
Having said that I would recommend you consider purchasing this book if you have a real interest in Nikola Tesla.
This is my new experience with listening Audio, and I recommend everyone to listen to Audio book.
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