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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 1,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791

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

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

The historical coverage was pretty thorough. As a story, though, it jumped around in time, which made the history a little disjointed. There is only one narrating voice, which also added to confusion in the performance. What is really disappointing on a very scientific and technical subject is the non-scientific delivery of basic units of time. Where time units were abbreviated in the text as 's' (for seconds) and 'ms' (for milliseconds), they were read as 's' and 'ms' in the narration.

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