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Wizard Audiobook

Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

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Publisher's Summary

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Among Tesla's creations were the channeling of alternating current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, and the giant turbines that harnessed the power of Niagara Falls.

©1996 Marc J. Seifer (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Seifer's vivid, revelatory, exhaustively researched biography rescues pioneer inventor Nikola Tesla from cult status and restores him to his rightful place as a principal architect of the modern age." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Abbas 10-07-17
    Abbas 10-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A wizard ahead of his time"

    This book depicted Nikola's life and work in a broad and magnificent, and hopefully fair, way.

    The book title sums it up kind of well.

    I have nothing more to say but that this book showed me how underappreciated Nikola was.

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    Mark Laskow Stahlstown, PA 09-29-17
    Mark Laskow Stahlstown, PA 09-29-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Scientific Illiteracy "

    The book stumbles along as a reasonably detailed biography of Tesla. Tesla's story is engaging, the author's storytelling less so. Then the enterprise collapses at the finish line in a jumble of Freudian nonsense and scientific ignorance. The author did not need to be an expert in electronics to write this book, but at the end he unnecessarily jumps into the technical thicket. Saddly, it is the reader who feels the pain.

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    Amazon Customer 09-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The History Is Stellar"

    You have to wonder what would more he could have done with full support! I love this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Of New York New York, NY USA 09-09-17
    Charles Of New York New York, NY USA 09-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Difficult and Dry"

    Skiped chapters glad it ended. lacked vivid excitement of the era's in which he lived. but kept lovelesd dry encylapedic as an IEEE meeting, unvivid,

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    Christian 09-08-17
    Christian 09-08-17
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    "My perception on Tesla changed"

    He was definitely a brilliant mind. The author gives a full an accurate picture of the legendary inventor. Tesla is so much more than what we casually hear on the streets.

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    J 09-07-17
    J 09-07-17
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    "Tesla was clearly way ahead of his time!"

    This book will teach you that Tesla was so far ahead of his time that he was considered crazy. It will also show you how both corporate American and the Government will suppress brilliance to protect profits and supposedly the American people. Definitely not a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, but it provides very good information about one of the most brilliant inventors of all time who does not receive the recognition that he should. It will make you wonder what Tesla would have accomplished if he could have finished his Wardenclyffe Tower and why others like JP Morgan were afraid of it.

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    Kratos 08-19-17
    Kratos 08-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "not a great introductory book on Tesla"

    This book was comprehensive of Tesla but I found myself getting lost in the story quite frequently. i knew very little about him and was interested in his biography because he was such an interesting visionary especially if his age.

    it was hard to get a good tine perspective of when the events were happening - they jumped back and forth from events quickly. When talking about his inventions they went enough in depth that you would definately loose focus but not enough where you could explain the invention to someone else.

    the book also tried to explain his relationships with women and fellow inventors, difficult to follow because the stories didnt feel very linear.

    think if you had additional information on tesla this book would help tie it together. for just a curiosity pick it was not a very enjoyable read. story felt choppy.

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    M. Turner 08-18-17
    M. Turner 08-18-17
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    "Tesla was ahead of his time"

    Telsa was a visionary genius and I enjoyed learning more about him. However, I found that some of the technical descriptions were harder to grasp just audibly. I would have preferred top have had their physical book to review sooner of the more complex concepts.

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    Ingmar Lindström USA 08-05-17
    Ingmar Lindström USA 08-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great narration!"

    Great and thorough book with a add Great narration. I enjoyed and recommend to fellow "readers".
    Thank You!

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    steve szabados 08-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wizard life and times of Tesla"

    An impartial review of his life, colored by correspondence throughout. If you seek a human tale rather than technical this is a good read/listen. I enjoyed the narrator and his oratory performance, not over done but distinguished the characters nicely.

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  • Goronwy-Wyn
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    2/3/14
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    "Spell binding and I'm an Engineer"
    What did you like most about Wizard?

    I enjoyed the linking of the dates to world events. I found the story itself very interesting, I found the observations insightful and I found it quite heart breaking that such a great inventor was frustrated by greedy financiers who had no vision.
    Although I will accept Tesla needed strong management to keep him on message.


    What other book might you compare Wizard to, and why?

    many that have not been recorded yet I'd love to hear Da Vinci's life story or Baron De Fourier, or Countess Lovelace.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    pretty much


    Any additional comments?

    More of the same please biographies of Newton, Einstein, Hitler, Stalin, keep um coming!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skydiver7
    9/21/17
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    "A genius that was surpressed by JP Morgan"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wizard to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I listen to these books during my drive to and from work, so it's no longer 'dead time' now but key educational time. I actually like driving to and from work now...


    What other book might you compare Wizard to, and why?

    This stands alone for me....


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The whole book was very enlightening. My background is a s a mechanical engineer so I knew little about the electrical innovators apart from edison etc. How this man has not been credited with more is a mystery....untill you realise that the big money men want to keep the masses surpressed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I like to listen to the books over weeks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Kehoe
    3/1/17
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    "Nice to finally know the full story..."

    of such an inspiring and yet human individual, who's work touches us every single day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hari Karam Singh
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    6/16/15
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    "Excellent"

    Well read, well researched, level headed whilst still paying mind to the mysterious and conspiratorial angles. It's a fascinating story full of inspiration, character flaws, rags to riches to rags to legend. I'm going to miss it.

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  • Brian
    Livingston, United Kingdom
    11/6/13
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    "What Genius"
    Would you listen to Wizard again? Why?

    No, I usually only listen once to books like this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of detail and back up research carried out.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Many parts of the book were very enjoyable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Generally, how Tesla never completed the tower, then it was destroyed.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. A bit long at times but, over all a good book if you like that technology thing.

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  • Shane
    6/14/15
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    "A definitive analysis of a genius"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Tesla's life story. I had always imagined him to be brilliant but I now know that he was also an incredibly haunted and flawed individual.

    My one criticism would be that the author can take the reader down too many sidelines. Although some of these additional narratives are useful and entertaining, just as many are not and seem to get in the way.

    Having said that I would recommend you consider purchasing this book if you have a real interest in Nikola Tesla.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    3/19/15
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    "Exceptional story but stretched too far.."

    Needs trimming and checking for repeat content. Could possibly loose one third of time by sticking to time and moment

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    YORK, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Enlightening"

    Profiling the huge contribution of Mr Tesla to the world in general not just electricity. He moved in some very influential circles. This book is very well presented and I found the narration a little sleepy at times, At over 17 hours long this book is a good value purchase and great if like me you spend a lot of time driving, then this book will be a good informative companion arming you with plenty of facts with which to bore people with.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AshaTestMbsPlan-UP-add
    Newark, United Kingdom
    11/15/11
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    "Excellent Audio"

    This is my new experience with listening Audio, and I recommend everyone to listen to Audio book.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful

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