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  • American Prometheus

  • The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • By: Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 26 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337

J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A "Blast" from the Past

  • By Roy on 07-10-09

Excellent book, terrible audio

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-16

Any additional comments?

The book was very good, as was Cumming's performance; however, the audio cuts in and out, as though Cumming's was moving randomly around the microphone. The volume changes, the levels change, and the quality changes, sometimes sentence by sentence. It makes the book a terror to listen to.

  • The Third Horseman

  • Climate Change and the Great Famine of the 14th Century
  • By: William Rosen
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

In May 1315 it started to rain. It didn't stop anywhere in north Europe until August. Next came the four coldest winters in a millennium. Two separate animal epidemics killed nearly 80 percent of northern Europe's livestock. Wars between Scotland and England, France and Flanders, and two rival claimants to the Holy Roman Empire destroyed all remaining farmland. After seven years, the combination of lost harvests, warfare, and pestilence would claim six million lives - one eighth of Europe's total population.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not About Famine or Climate

  • By George on 05-24-14

Misleading Title and Summary

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-15

What would have made The Third Horseman better?

Perhaps one tenth of the book was actually about famine and climate change. Judging by the title and the summary, it should have been far more. This is still a decent read/listen, but only if you're interested in the conflicts of Edward the Second.

Has The Third Horseman turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Did William Hughes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

N/A

What character would you cut from The Third Horseman?

Edward the Second

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