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Oh Pure and Radiant Heart Audiobook
Oh Pure and Radiant Heart
Written by: 
Lydia Millet
Narrated by: 
Cori Samuel
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Oh Pure and Radiant Heart Audiobook

Oh Pure and Radiant Heart

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Publisher's Summary

Oh Pure and Radiant Heart plucks the three scientists who were integral to the invention of the atom bomb: Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and Enrico Fermi as they watch history's first mushroom cloud rise over the desert on July 16th, 1945... and places them down in modern-day Santa Fe. One by one, the scientists are spotted by a shy librarian who becomes convinced of their authenticity. Entranced, bewildered, and overwhelmed by their significance as historical markers on the one hand, and their peculiar personalities on the other, she, to the dismay of her husband, devotes herself to them. Soon the scientists acquire a sugar daddy - a young pothead millionaire from Tokyo who bankrolls them. Heroes to some, lunatics or con artists to others, the scientists finally become messianic religious figureheads to fanatics, who believe Oppenheimer is the Second Coming. As the ever-growing convoy traverses the country in a fleet of RV's on a pilgrimage to the UN, the scientists wrestle with the legacy of their invention and their growing celebrity, while Ann and her husband struggle with the strain on their marriage, a personal journey married to a history of thermonuclear weapons.

©2006 Lydia Millet (P)2010 Iambik Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

Oh Pure and Radiant Heart provides catharsis and education while allowing us to bask in the humorous, poignant possibilities of what if.” (The Believer)

“Delicate and beautifully handled, this is indeed a literary balancing act . . . When it’s flying, this novel can be moving and wonderfully funny.” (Hartford Courant)

“In her brilliant and fearless novel Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, Lydia Millet takes a headlong run at the subject of nuclear annihilation, weaving together black comedy, science, history, and time travel to produce, against stiff odds, a shattering and beautiful work. A-.” (Entertainment Weekly)

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 03-07-11
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 03-07-11

    Narrative makes the world go round.

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    "Don't overlook this!"

    I am always leery of really well-priced audio books, fearing that they may be amateur efforts, but I couldn???t resist trying this recording of one of my favourite contemporary novels. I am delighted with it.

    The novel is an inventive mix of history, science, and fantasy that still speaks to our world???s nuclear and celebrity-obsessed reality almost 10 years after it was published. Although there is an element of fantasy, it doesn???t fit the fantasy genre - so "imaginative" might be a better descriptor.

    The listen is well-narrated --if there is any criticism, a very slight British accent can be heard in the some of the American characters, and the narrator reads text items like "end of chapter one/start of part 2", which can be a bit annoying. I researched the production company a bit; it looks like they may resuscitate some other otherwise overlooked excellent fiction. I???m glad they???re on Audible.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Koto ku, Japan 03-19-13
    Jason Koto ku, Japan 03-19-13
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    "This wasn't for me."
    What disappointed you about Oh Pure and Radiant Heart?

    The story just never went anywhere. I was almost finished with the book but couldn't be bothered listening to the very end. I just didn't care what happened to any of the characters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lydia Millet again?

    No, I wouldn't.


    What does Cori Samuel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think the humor comes out well.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Oh Pure and Radiant Heart?

    All of the parts having to do with religious fundamentalists.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a bit odd to have a book set in America, following American character's POV with a British accent. It was a bit hard to overcome this disconnect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 06-23-16
    Karen 06-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    First of all, the book is set pretty much entirely in the US with mostly American characters, but the narrator is British. It really didn't work for me. The American dialogue changes with British emphasis.

    Second, this is the second Lydia Millet book I've read, and in both she has made the female protagonist to be maddeningly non communicative to the point of weak.

    Finally, with respect to both of these points, the narrator frequently has the female protagonist whine when there's no indication that she is doing so. For example, when she says "I want to leave" in the restaurant, I don't imagine that the author intended her to be whining, but she did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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