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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

Fantastic book, very poor narration

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

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

Richard Rodes' book is a genuine tour de force, and is an exemplar of detailed popular science. I'm very glad to see it on Audible. I've been waiting for this for a long time.

However... to someone who is even vaguely aware of the story, and the characters and places that are so prominent, the narration is very jarring. The narrator mispronounces about 70-75% of foreign words. It would (indeed should) have been trivially easy to give poor Mr Graham a pronunciation guide.

What other book might you compare The Making of the Atomic Bomb to and why?

Dark Sun, also by Richard Rhodes. It is a continuation of the story told by The Making of the Atomic Bomb.

Would you be willing to try another one of Holter Graham’s performances?

Under duress - for example, if the only unabridged narration of Dark Sun was by him, I would consider it, but PLEASE either educate him on pronunciation or get someone else to narrate it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This film will disappoint anyone who has read and enjoyed the book. Don't watch it!

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