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  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb

  • 25th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 37 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720

Here for the first time, in rich human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly - or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than 25 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow... Grade A+ ... Exceptional.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-15-16

Abrupt Ending

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

If you could sum up The Making of the Atomic Bomb in three words, what would they be?

Detailed.

Any additional comments?

Very thorough book, except for the ending. I expected some treatment of the national policies and international bodies that spawned from the reality of atomic warfare.

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  • Rise of the Robots

  • Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
  • By: Martin Ford
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,470

In a world of self-driving cars and big data, smart algorithms and Siri, we know that artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day. Though all these nifty devices and programs might make our lives easier, they're also well on their way to making "good" jobs obsolete. A computer winning Jeopardy might seem like a trivial, if impressive, feat, but the same technology is making paralegals redundant as it undertakes electronic discovery, and is soon to do the same for radiologists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great content and this mechanization IS coming!

  • By Mike on 06-30-15

Read with a great deal of Skepticism

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Would you try another book from Martin Ford and/or Jeff Cummings?

The book was interesting, providing real examples of advances in technology and robotics. However, in concluding the book, the author takes a left turn and sites a single solution to prepare for the future... a government mandated livable wage. The reader is left feeling either hopeless or ripped off. Rather than offer a variety of avenues and means to prepare for a future of technology & human partnerships, Ford presses an agenda, casting doubt on his preceding evidence. Recommendation... read with a great deal of skepticism.

Would you ever listen to anything by Martin Ford again?

No.

What about Jeff Cummings’s performance did you like?

n/a

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Intrigue, disappointment, hopelessness.

Any additional comments?

Read with a great deal of skepticism.

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