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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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    Maya H Saric Newtown, NSW, AU 05-04-17
    Maya H Saric Newtown, NSW, AU 05-04-17 Member Since 2013
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    "so interesting and easy to listen to "

    I have listened to this book over many months a chapter at a time because there is did much to absorb and consider. i never stopped wanting to find out more about him.

    the science has been presented so clearly so I could, without having any science training, still see the impact of his ideas.

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    Amazon Customer 05-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awssume!!! Denied Recognition For A Century. 😊"

    A century Of Unrecognized​ Genius
    In His Time . This Bio Is An Account Of His Acts Large And Small!!! Loved It!!!

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    Robert Chicago, IL, United States 04-24-17
    Robert Chicago, IL, United States 04-24-17
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    "Interesting dive into history from Tesla's side"

    As someone that was aware of Tesla but not steeped in the details this was very interesting and eye opening book. Very brilliant history. Another reminder that success is not entirely determined by brilliant ideas - marketing, practicality, and execution are just as important.

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    Charles Stapleton 04-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Too much erroneous information"

    Contained too much background information about things not related to Tesla. I don't care about the family tree of the maid that cleaned his hotel room once. I want to know about Tesla. The book could have been about 50% shorter.

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    thomas fort madison, IA, United States 04-14-17
    thomas fort madison, IA, United States 04-14-17 Member Since 2013
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    "just a history of who's who"

    well narrated, book is basically about tesla being broke and whining to rich people for money. no real technical detail kind of disappointed.

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    Patrick 03-08-17
    Patrick 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Detailed"

    Very well researched and well read. The depth of research brings the story to life.

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    Jonathan 03-02-17
    Jonathan 03-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Love Tesla history"

    Great way to learn about Tesla but this book seems like it could use some straightening out of the timeline and some cuts to the length. I felt like I was losing interest in the later third of it.

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    Amazon Customer 02-18-17 Member Since 2016

    Add me on Goodreads. I am @ Abdulrahman Kauther.

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    "An underestimated genius "

    This book depected Nikoala's life and work in a broad and magnificent, and hopefully fair, way.
    The book's name does some it very well.
    I have nothing to say more than that this book showed me how underappreciated Nikola was.

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    Amazon Customer 02-18-17
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    "Fascinating account of the life of a genius"

    This is a historical account of Nicola Tesla's life. The book is a must for anyone wishing to know the history behind all the modern necessities of life we take for granted every day.

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    Brent 02-14-17
    Brent 02-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Informative and good listen"

    Very good listen. Decent detail. Good way to start learning or learn something new about Nikola Tesla

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  • Goronwy-Wyn
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    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
  • 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.

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  • 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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