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Wizard Audiobook
Wizard
Written by: 
Marc J. Seifer
Narrated by: 
Simon Prebble
Wizard Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 05-13-16
    Russell Bernard Salt Lake City, Utah United States 05-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "It is all in the details, and this is detailed"

    About as detailed as you can get. Sometimes it is so tedious that you wonder if you are reading his personal journal. This is very informative and you will learn just how influential this man was. Our lives have all benefited from Nikola Tesla. The narrator is very good and keep you listening.

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    Izk 05-12-16
    Izk 05-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Nice linear autobiography of Tesla"
    What made the experience of listening to Wizard the most enjoyable?

    I liked the history and quotes from tesla given in this book. They add to the story nicely and it is as if Tesla is speaking to ge reader directly.


    What other book might you compare Wizard to and why?

    Since this is my first book I am not too sure. I am interested in learning theories of the universe so perhaps an audible book from Neil Degrass Tyson.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first experience with the reader. He has an older experienced voice. It isn't memorizing but is enjoyable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just hearing quotes from Teslas thoughts and experiences. I really enjoyed hearing them word for word.


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    Lisa J. Shultz Breckenridge, CO 04-13-16
    Lisa J. Shultz Breckenridge, CO 04-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Tediously long"
    Any additional comments?

    For some reason, I felt compelled to listen to all 22+ hours of it but it was much too long for me! I commend the author for writing such a detailed historical biography. If you are into electrical geeky stuff, and if you like to read about a genius, go for it. I did learn a lot but I am sure glad to be done with it.

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    scott drawert 04-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A great book about a great man!"

    Very few people have learned about or even heard of Tesla. A great book that will be used in our home school curriculum along with other resources to teach about a man, that we have so much to thank for.

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    Matt 04-10-16
    Matt 04-10-16 Member Since 2014

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    "The rise and fall of Tesla."

    This is a bare-bones story of both a genius beyond our understanding and a multi-flawed human being who we see in everywhere, every day, and sometimes even in the mirror.

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    George C. 03-16-16
    George C. 03-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "In Depth"

    Very detailed, even going into some of the details of electrical engineering. There were slow points for sure. But it's a biography and not every period in a person's life can be thrilling. I enjoy biographies however, writers tend to turn their subjects into demigods. Not here! The author stays near the center of the road as he steers through Tesla's life. Some how the author connected me emotionally to Tesla's life. So much so that at times I avoided returning to the book for a few days knowing that what was to follow was not going to be parades and roses.

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    Ken B. 03-09-16
    Ken B. 03-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Too Much"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is so much information and the way it is presented lacks flow and cohesiveness. I kept wanting to stop but I was so interested in Tesla I would keep on. This was very painful. Mr. Seifer could write several books on Tesla. I just think of a few biographies I recently read and how they had a thematic flow.


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    Pedro Uberlandia, Brazil 03-03-16
    Pedro Uberlandia, Brazil 03-03-16
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    "interesting biography"

    an interesting biography of a man that should be better known and could have accomplished so much more with a little more help.

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    mike thompson 02-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm not a book critic but I really enjoyed this"

    loved it and the big monitor manually the game of the office until I get

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    D. H. H. 02-12-16
    D. H. H. 02-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Often confusing storylines"

    While this book is full of information there is much to be wished for in the way it is organized and presented. For example, in order tonfully appreciate the battles over patents and ideas it is essential to have an at least principle understanding of the differences between operating mechanisms. The author does not provide near enough if that which makes it frustrating to hear about the litigations without a deeper understanding of the main arguments. Similarly, the author assumes often knowledge of period history I did not have. That too added to my frustration. A great example of a biography that also delivers the necessary basics of complex science is Isaacson's Einstein biography.

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